H. G. Wells: The Literary Traveller in His Fantastic Short Story Machine

H. G. Wells: The Literary Traveller in His Fantastic Short Story Machine

by Halszka Lelen


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The book offers a thorough study of the literary tensions and two-world structure of the fantastic short stories by H. G. Wells (1866–1946). It exposes trickster games in the storytelling and pinpoints Wells’s staple methods of artistic composition – the mounting of various literary tensions built upon the body of traditional, dexterously combined genre elements and innovative topoi.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783631653722
Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Series: Mediated Fictions Series: Studies in Verbal and Visual Narratives , #10
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Halszka Leleń, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the Department of English Studies, University of Warmia and Mazury, Poland. She has published on H. G. Wells, Thomas Hardy, the Themersons and Bertrand Russell, John Berger, and the theory of fantastic fiction. She researches self-referential aspects of storytelling.

Table of Contents

Contents: Fantastic short story and literary tensions – H. G. Wells – Literary experiment – Artistic patterns and multiple genre impact – Parody – Polyvalent fantastic worlds – Spatial motifs – Topoi of science and quest – Bakhtin's heteroglossia – Transposition of utopia into dystopia – Inconsequence, instability and trickster strategies.

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