The Cambridge Companion To Utopian Literature

Author: Gregory Claeys
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139828428
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The Cambridge Companion To Utopian Literature. Since the publication of Thomas More's genre-defining work Utopia in 1516, the field of utopian literature has evolved into an ever-expanding domain. This Companion presents an extensive historical survey of the development of utopianism, from the publication of Utopia to today's dark and despairing tendency towards dystopian pessimism, epitomised by works such as George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Chapters address the difficult definition of the concept of utopia, and consider its relation to science fiction and other literary genres. The volume takes an innovative approach to the major themes predominating within the utopian and dystopian literary tradition, including feminism, romance and ecology, and explores in detail the vexed question of the purportedly 'western' nature of the concept of utopia. The reader is provided with a balanced overview of the evolution and current state of a long-standing, rich tradition of historical, political and literary scholarship.

The Cambridge Companion To Utopian Literature

Author: Gregory Claeys
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521886651
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The Cambridge Companion To Utopian Literature. Using a combination of historical and thematic approaches, this volume engages with the fascinating and complex genre of utopian literature.

The Cambridge Companion To American Science Fiction

Author: Gerry Canavan
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107052467
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The Cambridge Companion To American Science Fiction. This Companion explores the relationship between the ideas and themes of American science fiction and their roots in the American cultural experience.

The Cambridge Companion To Science Fiction

Author: Edward James
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521016575
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The Cambridge Companion To Science Fiction. Science fiction is at the intersection of numerous fields. It is a literature which draws on popular culture, and which engages in speculation about science, history, and all types of social relations. This volume brings together essays by scholars and practitioners of science fiction, which look at the genre from these different angles. It examines science fiction from Thomas More to the present day, and introduces important critical approaches including Marxism, postmodernism, feminism and queer theory. A number of well-known science fiction writers contribute to this volume.

The Cambridge Companion To The City In Literature

Author: Kevin R. McNamara
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107028035
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The Cambridge Companion To The City In Literature. This Companion offers readers an accessible survey of the historical and symbolic relationships between literature and the city.

The Cambridge Companion To Children S Literature

Author: M. O. Grenby
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139828045
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The Cambridge Companion To Children S Literature. Some of the most innovative and spell-binding literature has been written for young people, but only recently has academic study embraced its range and complexity. This Companion offers a state-of-the-subject survey of English-language children's literature from the seventeenth century to the present. With discussions ranging from eighteenth-century moral tales to modern fantasies by J. K. Rowling and Philip Pullman, the Companion illuminates acknowledged classics and many more neglected works. Its unique structure means that equal consideration can be given to both texts and contexts. Some chapters analyse key themes and major genres, including humour, poetry, school stories, and picture books. Others explore the sociological dimensions of children's literature and the impact of publishing practices. Written by leading scholars from around the world, this Companion will be essential reading for all students and scholars of children's literature, offering original readings and new research that reflects the latest developments in the field.

The Cambridge Companion To Thomas Pynchon

Author: Inger H. Dalsgaard
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521769744
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The Cambridge Companion To Thomas Pynchon. This essential Companion to Thomas Pynchon provides all the necessary tools to unlock the challenging fiction of this postmodern master.

The Cambridge Companion To Shelley

Author: Timothy Morton
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139827073
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The Cambridge Companion To Shelley. Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822) was an extraordinary poet, playwright and essayist, revolutionary both in his ideas and in his artistic theory and practice. This 2006 collection of original essays by an international group of specialists is a comprehensive survey of the life, works and times of this radical Romantic writer. Three sections cover Shelley's life and posthumous reception; the basics of his poetry, prose and drama; and his immersion in the currents of philosophical and political thinking and practice. As well as providing a wide-ranging look at the state of existing scholarship, the Companion develops and enriches our understanding of Shelley. Significant new contributions include fresh assessments of Shelley's narratives, his view of philosophy, and his role in emerging views about ecology. With its chronology and guide to further reading, this lively and accessible Companion is an invaluable guide for students and scholars of Shelley and of Romanticism.

Searching For Utopia

Author: Gregory Claeys
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
ISBN: 9780500251744
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Searching For Utopia. Explores the quest for a utopian society throughout history, including examinations of the catalysts that have served as inspiration, and how the search for a utopia by developed countries has hurt third-world countries.