Le Guin to Star Trek and Avatar, to explore what might become reality. Adler explains why fantasy in the Harry Potter and Dresden Files novels cannot adhere strictly to scientific laws, and when magic might make scientific sense in the muggle world. He examines space travel and wonders why it isn't cheaper and more common today. Adler also discusses exoplanets and how the search for alien life has shifted from radio communications to space-based telescopes. He concludes by investigating the future survival of humanity and other intelligent races.
Throughout, he cites an abundance of science fiction and fantasy authors, and includes concise descriptions of stories as well as an appendix on Newton's laws of motion. Wizards, Aliens, and Starships will speak to anyone wanting to know about the correct--and incorrect--science of science fiction and fantasy. The book offers a comprehensive history of the modern fantastic as well as an argument about its nature and importance.
Specific chapters cover the origins of fantasy in the Romantic search for localized myths, fantasy versions of the Modernist turn toward the primitive, the postTolkienian exploration of world mythologies, post-colonial reactions to the exploitation of indigenous sacred narratives by Western writers, fantasies based in Christian belief alongside fundamentalist attempts to stamp out the form, and the emergence of ever-more sophisticated structures such as metafiction through which to explore mythic constructions of reality.
Introduction -- Monsters as we know them: On contemporary speculative fiction -- Critical contexts. The critical reception of speculative fiction -- We both know they have to have a victor: Good, evil and the soul thereafter: Margo Lanagan and the critics -Young adult zombies: Edwards - 2 Butoh: The dance of global darkness - Steven Bruhm - 3 Maori tales of the unexpected: Locating the globalgothic Justin D.
Edwards - 5 Globalgothic at the top of the world: Towards a globalised notion of vampire identity - Aspasia Stephanou 7 Globalgoth? Unlocatedness in the musical home - Isabella van Elferen - 8 Uncanny games: Globalising the supernatural in contemporary Thai horror film. Fear, the law and liquid modernity - Avril Horner 14 Globalzombie: The Gothic World offers an overview of this popular field whilst also extending critical debate in exciting new directions such as film, politics, fashion, architecture, fine art and cyberculture.
Structured around the principles of time, space and practice, and including a detailed general introduction. Gothic Readers and Writers 3. In the s, Crawford argues, four interconnected bodies of writing arose in Britain: Fisher 9 Charles Brockden Brown: Chesnutt, Conjure, and the Law Justin D. Lovecraft Faye Ringel 22 Awful Mystery: Defining the Suburban Gothic Bernice M. Gothic Posthumanism in Lynda Barry's Cruddy: An Illustrated Novel Ellen E. Flying to Save Her Life: Of Magical Gourds and Secret Senses: Native American Mythic Realism: Lifting 'the Weight of the Continent': The book shows how the grotesque continues to be a powerful force in contemporary writing and provides an illuminating picture of often controversial aspects of recent fiction.
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Grotesque provides an invaluable and accessible guide to the use and abuse of this complex literary term. Edwards and Rune Graulund explore the influence of the grotesque on cultural forms throughout history, with particular focus on its representation in literature, visual art and film. On southern gothic literature -- Contexts. Defining southern gothic -- "Dark legacy": From the frontier gothic of Charles Brockden Brown's Edgar Huntly to the apocalyptic torture porn of Eli Roth's Hostel, the American imperial gothic dramatises the desires and anxieties of empire.
Revealing the ways in which images of destruction and social upheaval both query the violence with which the US has asserted itself locally and globally, and feed the longing for stable imperial structures, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of popular culture, cultural and media studies, literary and visual studies and sociology. La Grandeur inconnue et Le Tentateur Introduction — Sam George and Bill Hughes 2.
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The deformed transformed; or, from bloodsucker to Byronic hero: Polidori and the literary vampire — Conrad Aquilina, - 3. The Undead in the kingdom of shadows: Crossing oceans of time: The Twilight Saga and the pleasures of spectatorship: The vampire in the machine: Espiritismo digital in cyberfiction from Brazil -- Race and the digital body in cyberfiction from Brazil -- Cruz diablo: Literature, Cinema, and the Cultural Work. By analyzing a wide range of literary texts and films including episodes from Twilight Zone, the fiction of Philip K.
What unifies these investigations is the return of all four elements to the question of what constitutes the human. Where did we come from and where are we going? What is the meaning of life and death? Can we abolish death and live forever? These "big" questions of human nature and human destiny have boggled humanity's best minds for centuries. But they assumed a particular urgency and saliency in s Russia, just as the country was emerging from nearly a decade of continuous warfare, political turmoil, persistent famine, and deadly epidemics, generating an enormous variety of fantastic social, scientific, and literary experiments that sought to answer these "perpetual" existential questions.
This book investigates the interplay between actual scientific and fictional literary experiments that manipulated sex gonads in animals and humans, searched for "rays of life" froze and thawed butterflies and bats, kept alive severed dog heads, and produced various tissue extracts hormones , all fostering a powerful image of "science that conquers death. This book explores how contemporary fantastic fiction by women writers responds to the past and imagines the future.
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The first two chapters look at revisionist rewritings of fairy tales and historical texts; the third and fourth focus on future-oriented narratives including dystopias and space fiction. Writers considered include Margaret Atwood, Octavia E. Butler, Angela Carter, Ursula K. This book explores the creation and use of artificially made humanoid servants and servant networks by fictional and non-fictional scientists of the early modern period. Beginning with an investigation of the roots of artificial servants, humanoids, and automata from earlier times, LaGrandeur traces how these literary representations coincide with a surging interest in automata and experimentation, and how they blend with the magical science that preceded the empirical era.
In exploring how and why these monsters have been created and the increasingly complex ways in which they are destroyed, the book not only serves as a handy guide to the history and modern role of the vampire, it reveals much about the changing nature of human fears.
Twilight, True Blood and The Vampire Diaries have sparked intense fan activity and generated a large quantity of fan fiction: Working from the idea that texts constitute archives, expanded and altered by each addition, close readings of a selection of fanfics illustrate particular transformative practices in the online environment. Jan Potocki in the intertextual tradition of the roman anglais the Gothic novel , Hendrik van Gorp; The Gothic avant-garde: Marshall; A stranger in a silent city: Shear; Out of the shadows: Vast Landscapes and Inward Horrors: The devious landscape in contemporary Scandinavian horror, Yvonne Leffler; The aesthetics of surface: Lang, , p.
Espaces merveilleux, terrifiants et hostiles dans Berinus — Jean Marie Goulemot: Le locus horribilis dans Maximilien Heller: The Gothic has taken a revolutionary turn in this century. Today's Gothic has fashioned its monsters and devils into heroes and angels and is actively reviving supernaturalism in popular culture. Nelson argues that this mainstreaming of a spiritually driven supernaturalism is a harbinger of what a post-Christian religion in America might look like.
Vampires in the New World surveys vampire films and literature from both national and historical perspectives since the publication of Bram Stoker's Dracula, providing an overview of the changing figure of the vampire in America. It focuses on such essential popular culture topics as pulp fiction, classic horror films, film noir, science fiction, horror fiction, blaxploitation, and the recent Twilight and True Blood series in order to demonstrate how cultural, scientific, and ideological trends are reflected and refracted through the figure of the vampire.
This book shows how authors such as J. Ward, Stephanie Meyers, Charlaine Harris, and Anne Rice have allowed vampires to be moulded into enigmatic figures who sustain a vivid conceptual debt to contemporary consumer and popular culture. This book highlights the changes — conceptual, political and aesthetic — that vampires have undergone in the past decade, simultaneously addressing how these changes in "vampire identity" impact on the definition of the Gothic as a whole.
In Singularities, Joshua Raulerson mounts a wide-ranging study of the Singularity as a subject for theory and cultural studies, drawing science fiction texts into a complex dialogue with digital culture, transhumanist movements, political and economic theory, consumer gadgetry, gaming, and related areas of our high-tech postmodernity. By doing so, he shows how the Singularity greatly shapes many of. Similarly, in the s, second-wave feminist clinicians continued the work begun by Chodorow and Miller, while writers of fantasy that include Terry Windling, Tanith Lee, Terry Pratchett, and Catherynne M.
Valente took their inspiration from revisionist authors of the s. Until recently, scholars were hesitant to take the fantastic seriously. But since the s, the increasing presence of the fantastic in mass media has spurred growing academic interest in the subject. This book discusses that new interest and brings together recent research in various disciplines. It provides an overview of current approaches and debates in the research of the fantastic. By taking stock of the present state of this young discipline, it also helps to ensure its future. Seed discusses classics of the period like Nevil Shute s On the Beach, but he also argues for recognition of less-known works such as Walter M.
Miller's depiction of historical cycles in A Canticle for Leibowitz, Bernard Wolfe's black comedy of aggression in Limbo, or Mordecai Roshwald's satirical depiction of technology running out of human control in Level 7. Seed relates these literary works to their historical contexts and to their adaptations in film. Two prime examples of this interaction between media are the motion pictures Fail-Safe and Dr.
Strangelove, which dramatize the threat posed by the arms race to rationality and ultimately human survival. Heideggerian technology studies -- Hal as human savior in Arthur C. A space odyssey -- The dangers of individualism and the human relationship to technology in Philip K. Dick's Do androids dream of electric sheep?
S as the leaders of an ontological insurrection. Drawing a map of impending literary, cultural, social, and technological revolutions, Peter Swirski boldly assumes that computers will leap from mere syntax-driven processing to semantically rich understanding. He argues that acknowledging biterature as a species of literature will involve adopting the same range of attitudes to computer authors computhors as to human ones and that it will be necessary to approach them as agents with internal states and creative intentions. Ranging from the metafiction of Stanislaw Lem to the "Turing test" familiar to scientists working in Artificial Intelligence and the philosophers of mind to the evolutionary trends of culture and machines, Swirski's scenarios lay the groundwork for a new area of study on the cusp of literary futurology, evolutionary cognition, and philosophy of the future.
Starting with the history of apocalyptic tradition in the West and focusing on modern Japanese apocalyptic science fiction in manga, anime, and novels, Apocalypse in Contemporary Japanese Science Fiction shows how science fiction reflected and coped with the devastation in Japanese national identity after The structure of apocalyptic science fiction reveals what is at stake in Japanese society - cultural continuity, tradition, politics, ideology, reality, communities, and interpersonal relationships - and suggests ways to cope with these crises and visions for the future, both positive and negative.
By looking at the postwar period, Motoko Tanaka observes how Japanese apocalyptic discourse has changed in its role as a tool according to the zeitgeists of various decades. Lovecraft, and Ray Bradbury: In Lord Dunsany, H. Spectral Journeys, William F. Touponce examines what these three masters of weird fiction reveal about modernity and the condition of being modern in their tales. In this study, Touponce confirms that these three authors viewed storytelling as a kind of journey into the spectral. Furthermore, he explains how each identifies modernity with capitalism in various ways and shows a concern with surpassing the limits of realism, which they see as tied to the representation of bourgeois society.
Animal Alterity" uses readings of science fiction texts to explore the centrality of animals for our ways of thinking about human. It argues that the academic field of animal studies and the popular genre of science fiction share a number a critical concerns: This study examines feminist speculative fiction from the late twentieth- and early twenty-first century, and finds within it a new vision for the future. Rejecting notions of postmodern utopia as exclusionary, Jennifer A.
WagnerLawlor advances one defined in terms of hospitality, casting what she calls "imaginative sympathy" as the foundation of utopian desire. Tracing these themes through the works of Atwood, Butler, Lessing, and Winterson, as well as those of well-known Muslim feminists such as El Saadawi, Parsipur, and Mernissi, Wagner-Lawlor balances literary analysis with innovative extensions of feminist philosophy to show how inclusionary utopian thinking can inform and promote political agency.
With a twofold aim to entertain and enlighten, Afrofuturists strive to break down racial, ethnic, and social limitations to empower and free individuals to be themselves. Isadora Peddles Exotic Africa? Indecision and Splendid Excess: Longing for the Empire?
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The Dangerous Rays of the Future: Good News from France: Kajola and its Contexts Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum: Afro-mythology and African Futurism: The White Jesus Armies of the Technofuture: Interview with Andrea Hairston Lisa Dowdall: Bred to be Superhuman: Interview with Nalo Hopkinson Nick Mamatas: A Brave and Contrary Thing: A Time to Kill: Anderson explores how Morrison uses specters to bring the traumas of African American life to the forefront, highlighting histories and experiences, both cultural and personal, that society at large too frequently ignores.
Brewer, , ix, pages. Comment cet auteur pensait-il ces enjeux? De plus, en imaginant une morale des robots pour les rendre plus acceptables socialement, comment voyait-il les enjeux du vivre ensemble? Heinlein is generally recognized as the most important American science fiction writer of the 20th century. This is the first detailed critical examination of his entire career.
It is not a biography--that is being done in a two-volume work by William Patterson. Instead, this book looks at each piece of fiction and a few pieces of sf-related nonfiction that Heinlein wrote, chronologically by publication, in order to consider what each contributes to his overall accomplishment. The aim is to be fair, to look clearly at the strengths and weaknesses of the writings that have inspired generations of readers and writers. Long, Robert Godwin, etc. English Rebel, Oxford University Press, , xii, pages. The author explores Shelley's scientific avocations, his disputes against church and state, and his connection to the illegal and infamous anti-Catholic organization, the Illuminati which provides the critical background to Frankenstein, a novel which only Percy Bysshe Shelley might have pulled off or wanted to - in his predictable anonymous fashion.
Antoine Volodine et les voix du post-exotisme ]. Chronology of Salman Rushdie's life -- Introduction: The soft hills of down: Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.
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Including interviews with physicists and neuroscientists, this study opens up new ways of analyzing Hitchcock s art. As a genre, the television crime drama has long been a constant of the television landscape since it first migrated from film and radio onto the small screen in the s. Since then, from Dixon of Dock Green to The Wire , from Minder to The Sopranos or Cracker to Dexter and The Killing , it has continued to attract large audiences even as the depiction of the crime, the perpetrators and the investigators may have changed.
In order to track these changes, this book provides an historical analysis of the TV crime series as a genre by paying close attention not only to the nature of TV dramas themselves, but also to the context of production and reception. La giustizia nel cinema italiano, Soveria Mannelli, Rubbettino Edizioni, , pages. IntroductionBalaka Basu, Katherine R. Broad, and Carrie Hintz Part I: Adolescent Liberty and Self Determination 1. What Faction Are You In?: Coming of Age in Dystopia: Building a Better World 4. Hope in Dark Times: Educating Desire, Choosing Justice?
Polemics of the Future 7. The Future is Pale: Biotechnologies of the Self: Humanity in a Posthuman Age The Soul of the Clone: Parables for the Postmodern, Post Anderson s Feed, and Mary E. In The Rise of the Vampire, Erik Butler seeks to explain our enduring fascination with the creatures of the night. Exploring why a being of humble origins has achieved success of such monstrous proportions, Butler considers the vampire in myth, literature, film, journalism, political cartoons, music, television, and video games.
He describes how and why they have come to give expression to the darker side of human life—though vampires evoke age-old mystery, they also embody many of the uncertainties of the modern world. Butler also ponders the role global markets and digital technology have played in making vampires a worldwide phenomenon. The author finds that although books and reading often play a prominent role in fantasy for children, the majority of young protagonists gain self-sufficiency not by reading but specifically by moving beyond books and reading.
Dans cet univers, "le dingue d informatique et le rocker se rejoignent". Mitchell -"Duppy know who fi frighten": Verlag, , pages. This book shows how important these stories are to the history of British culture, taking the reader on a lively tour from prehistory to the present. From the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century, Marion Gibson explores the ways in which British pagan gods and goddesses have been represented in poetry, novels, plays, chronicles, scientific and scholarly writing.
The result is a comprehensive picture of the ways in which writers have peopled the British pagan pantheons throughout history.
Das Buch dokumentiert u. Three recent and commercially successful series of novels employ and adapt the resources of popular fantasy fiction to create visions of religious identity: Popular fantasy fiction turns out to involve acts of world-creation that are inherently religious and inherently paradoxical. In neun Essays, die literarische Beispiele vom Tigchelaar -- These ghosts will be lovers: Adney -- The spectral queerness of white supremacy: King -- In the spirit of reconciliation: Sandlin -Aesthetics of haunting as diasporic sensibility: Breaking with traditional analyses of Gothic literature that limit its influence to a reactive critique of current events, Social Reform in Gothic Writing argues for a new political reading of Gothic writing from England, America, and colonial Jamaica - one that recognizes the transformative power of this popular literature.
Drawing on recent feminist and queer theory, the study discusses the tropes of invisibility and age-shifting as narrative devices representing gendered experiences. Exploring Science Through Science Fiction addresses these and other interesting questions, using science fiction as a springboard for discussing fundamental science concepts and cutting-edge science research.
The book is designed as a primary text for a college-level course which should appeal to students in the fine arts and humanities as well as to science and engineering students. It includes references to original research papers, landmark scientific publications and technical documents, as well as a broad range of science literature at a more popular level.
With over references to specific scenes in sci-fi movies and TV episodes, spanning over years of cinematic history, it should be an enjoyable read for anyone with an interest in science and science fiction. The books receiving ecocritical treatment in Green Speculations include George R. Otto reads these and other important science fiction novels as educative in their representations of environmental issues and the environmental philosophies that have emerged in response to them.
La fantascienza ha ispirato il cinema, soprattutto nell epoca degli effetti speciali. Ma questo affascinante genere ha le sue origini nobili nella letteratura. Questo libro ci guida alle radici della fantascienza, nei romanzi soprattutto di lingua anglosassone. Dick e William Burroughs. Ist die Wirklichkeit wirklich wirklich? Tolkien or Celtic Twilight?
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The Inheritance of the Mabinogion: Alice and Mowgli Revisited: Literatecs, Nursery Crimes, and Dragonslayers: A Game of Thrones, Indeed: Sie sind unter uns: Gender and Male Domesticity in G. This book offers new, often unexpected, but always intriguing portraits of the writers of classic fairy tales. For years these authors, who wrote from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, have been either little known or known through skewed, frequently sentimentalized biographical information.
Important figures about whom little is known, such as Giovan Francesco Straparola and Giambattista Basile, are rendered more completely than ever before. Deutschsprachige Science-Fiction-Literatur existiert im literaturwissenschaftlichen Diskurs so gut wie nicht. Sie gilt als trivial; zuweilen wird sogar ihre Existenz bezweifelt.
Die Autoren denken Entwicklungen weiter und fungieren als sensible Seismografen ihrer Gegenwart. Anmerkungen zur phantastichen Literatur: Hier konnten die Wunsch- und Schreckensbilder der eigenen Gegenwart in ferne und exotische Welten projiziert werden. Er gibt damit auch grundlegende Einblicke in die Funktionsmechanismen und Aporien sowjetischer Kulturpolitik. This project examines the representation of anxiety about technology that humans feel when encountering artificial intelligences in four science fiction novels: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
A Space Odyssey, and Cloud Atlas. By exploring this anxiety, something profound can be revealed about what it means to be a person living in a technologically saturated society. This book will provide the first study of how the Gothic engages with ecocritical ideas.
Ecocriticism has frequently explored images of environmental catastrophe, the wilderness, the idea of home, constructions of nature , and images of the post-apocalypse — images which are also central to a certain type of Gothic literature. By exploring the relationship between the ecocritical aspects of the Gothic and the Gothic elements of the ecocritical, this book provides a new way of looking at both the Gothic and ecocriticism. The volume thus explores writing and film across various national contexts including Britain, America and Canada, as well as giving due consideration to how such issues might be discussed within a global context.
Der Blick an den Himmel. Die wissenschaftliche Eroberung des Kosmos — Peter Enders: Welt, Weltall, Weltenraum — Lutz Clausnitzer: Weltall im real existierenden Sozialismus. Expansion in den Kosmos — Heilserwartungen aus dem Kosmos. Bruno Madernas Serenata per un satellite — Elmar Schenkel: Oder das kosmische Grinsen der. Zwei Schriftsteller durchqueren den Weltraum. Angela Wright explores the development of Gothic literature in Britain in the context of the fraught relationship between Britain and France, offering fresh perspectives on the works of Walpole, Radcliffe, Monk Lewis and their contemporaries.
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