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Author Parrinder, Patrick, 1944-

Title Science fiction : its criticism and teaching / Patrick Parrinder
Published London ; New York : Routledge, 2003
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 166 pages)
Series New accents
New accents (Routledge (Firm))
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; General Editor's Preface; Acknowledgements; INTRODUCTION; The rise of science-fiction studies; Genre criticism; 1 WORKING DAYDREAMS, WORKSHOP DEFINITIONS; The scientific romance; Logical speculation: H.G. Wells; The fiction of the magazines; Extrapolation: Robert A. Heinlein; The 'New Wave'; Definition by structure; Generic hybrids; 2 THE SOCIOLOGY OF THE GENRE; SF as product; SF as message: readership and 'fandomSF as message: readership and 'fandom'; Modes of reading; SF as document: the 'thinking machine'
Intertextuality and parodyEntropy and disintegration; Romance, fable, epic and parody: Lem's Solaris; 7 THE SCIENCE-FICTION COURSE; The 'two cultures' debate and the student revolution; Consolidation and canon-formation; The strange and the familiar; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index
Literature and paraliterature3 SCIENCE FICTION AS ROMANCE; Contemporary mythology and the 'literature of wonder'; Functions and formulas; Domestication; Self-conscious romance; 4 SCIENCE FICTION AS FABLE; Social criticism; Cognitive estrangement; Utopia and scientific materialism; Galactic imperialism; Liberation and power; 5 SCIENCE FICTION AS EPIC; SF and the historical novel; Truncated epic; Scientific anticipation; The future histories; 6 IMITATION AND NOVELTY: AN APPROACH THROUGH SF LANGUAGE; Authenticity and the literary hoax; The language of novelty; The absent signified
Summary First published in 2002
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-161) and index
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Subject Literature and science -- English-speaking countries.
Science fiction -- Study and teaching.
Science fiction, American -- History and criticism.
Science fiction, English -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
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131501596X
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