Jules Verne

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Jules Verne

Journeys in Writing

Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies, 20

2005

October 1st, 2005

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A hundred years after his death, Jules Verne (1828-1905) has in the popular imagination become synonymous with prediction of the future. Yet the actual texts of Verne’s major novels (the vast series known as the Voyages extraordinaires) still remain unknown to many. In the English-speaking world, translations of Verne’s best-known novels (Around the World in Eighty Days, Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon) have often contained wholesale distortions of his plots and characters, and the popular (and false) image of Verne as a foreteller of the future often comes not through what he actually wrote, but through films and other adaptations of his work. It is against this background of misrepresentation and misconception that the present study has been produced. Verne was, Unwin argues, a master of the self-conscious novel, his work a pastiche of science discourse, fictional and non-fictional writings, and flamboyant, theatrical narrative. Unwin makes a compelling case for Verne as a master of the nineteenth-century experimental novel, in the company of Gustave Flaubert and other canonical French writers. The text will be a wonderful addition to the shelves of those interested in science fiction, experimental writing, and critical theory.

This collection of essays reflect the diversity of approaches currently being brought to bear on the writings of Jules Verne.

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Timothy Unwin is Professor of French Language and Literature at the University of Bristol. He has published extensively on nineteenth-century authors and has recently completed editing The Cambridge Companion to Flaubert. He is joint moderator of the Francofil electronic discussion list for French Studies and runs the Dix-Neuf online resources site. He is President of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Contents5
Acknowledgments7
References, Translations, Abbreviations9
Introduction13
1: Science, Literature and the Nineteenth Century19
2: Textual Environments32
3: All the World’s a Text63
4: Theatre and Theatricality107
5: Self-Consciousness: The Journey of Language and Narrative144
6: Writing and Rewriting188
Conclusion226
Appendix: Chronology of the Life of Jules Verne232
Bibliography238
Index248