The Science Fiction Handbook

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-01-16
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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As we move through the twenty-first century, the importance of science fiction to the study of English Literature is becoming increasingly apparent. The Science Fiction Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to the genre and how to study it for students new to the field. In particular, it provides detailed entries on major writers in the SF field who might be encountered on university-level English Literature courses, ranging from H.G. Wells and Philip K. Dick, to Doris Lessing and Geoff Ryman. Other features include an historical timeline, sections on key writers, critics and critical terms, and case studies of both literary and critical works. In the later sections of the book, the changing nature of the science fiction canon and its growing role in relation to the wider categories of English Literature are discussed in depth introducing the reader to the latest critical thinking on the field.

Author Biography

Nick Hubble is Head of English Literature at Brunel University, London, UK.

Aris Mousoutzanis is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University, London, UK.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Why Take Science Fiction Seriously? Nick Hubble and Aris Mousoutzanis \ 2. Historical Context of Science Fiction Aris Mousoutzanis \ 3. Annotated Timeline Joseph Norman \ 4. Major Literary Figures Nick Hubble \ 5. Case Studies in Reading 1: Key Primary Literary Texts Joanne Murray \ 6. Case Studies in Reading 2: Key Theoretical and Critical Texts Jessica Langer \ 7. Key critical concepts, topics and critics David M. Higgins \ 8. Changes in Critical Responses and Approaches Andrew M. Butler \ 9. Changes in the Canon Adam Roberts \ 10. Issues of Sexuality, Gender and Ethnicity Pat Wheeler \ 11. Mapping The Current Critical Landscape Sherryl Vint \ Bibliography \ Index

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