Modernism and Science Fiction

March-Russell, Paul (2015) Modernism and Science Fiction. Modernism and... . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 193 pp. ISBN 978-0-230-27348-1. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

To what extent can the future-oriented narratives of science fiction, emerging alongside modernism during the last years of the nineteenth century, be described as 'modernist'? To what extent did modernism, responding to the scientific and technological breakthroughs of Darwin, Edison and Einstein, draw upon a grammar of ideas and images that we would call 'science fiction'? This book pursues these questions through a wide-ranging series of examples, drawn from literature, film and the visual arts in Britain, Eastern and Western Europe, and the Americas, from Edward Bulwer-Lytton's The Coming Race (1871) to J.G. Ballard's Crash (1973). Individual chapters examine key topics from within this period including scientific romance, utopia, pulp sf, and the New Wave. A coda brings the story up to date with writers such as William Gibson, China Miéville and Kim Stanley Robinson. The book challenges how high and low culture has been mapped in the twentieth century.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN865 Comparative Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Comparative Literature
Depositing User: Fiona Godfrey
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2015 10:55 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2015 13:14 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/49105 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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