Locating Science Fiction

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Locating Science Fiction

Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies, 44

2012

November 14th, 2012

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Locating Science Fiction is a ground breaking and potentially paradigm-shifting book, a major intervention into contemporary theoretical debates about SF. Academic literary criticism has tended to locate SF primarily in relation to the older genre of utopia; fan criticism primarily in relation to fantasy and SF in other media, especially film and television; popular fiction studies primarily in relation to other contemporary genres such as the romance and the thriller. This bold new synthesis relocates SF in relation to each of these other genres and media and also to the historical and geographic contexts of its emergence and development. Locating Science Fiction effects a series of vital shifts in the way SF theory and criticism has conceptualised its subject, away from prescriptively abstract dialectics of cognition and estrangement and towards the empirically grounded understanding of what is actually a messy amalgam of texts, practices and artefacts. Inspired by Raymond Williams's cultural materialism, Pierre Bourdieu's sociology of culture and Franco Moretti's application of world systems theory to literary studies, Locating Science Fiction draws on the disciplinary competences of Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Critical Theory and Sociology to produce a powerfully persuasive mode of analysis, engagement and argument.

...a book of ... calm sly good sense and hard thought about SF... the finest assessment of SF theory yet published.
John Clute, Strange Horizons

About The Author

Andrew Milner is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Monash University. His previous books include 'Literature, Culture and Society' (2nd ed, Routledge, 2004) and 'Re-imagining Cultural Studies' (Sage, 2002).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Half-title2
Title page4
Copyright page5
Dedication6
Contents8
Acknowledgements10
List of Figures12
Chapter 114
Chapter 235
Chapter 354
Chapter 481
Chapter 5102
Chapter 6128
Chapter 7149
Chapter 8168
Chapter 9191
Afterword209
Works Cited212
Index244