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Classical Traditions in Science Fiction - Classical Presences (Paperback)
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Classical Traditions in Science Fiction - Classical Presences (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 12/03/2015
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For all its concern with change in the present and future, science fiction is deeply rooted in the past and, surprisingly, engages especially deeply with the ancient world. Indeed, both as an area in which the meaning of "classics" is actively transformed and as an open-ended set of texts whose own 'classic' status is a matter of ongoing debate, science fiction reveals much about the roles played by ancient classics in modern times. Classical Traditions in Science Fiction is the first collection dedicated to the rich study of science fiction's classical heritage, offering a much-needed mapping of its cultural and intellectual terrain. This volume discusses a wide variety of representative examples from both classical antiquity and the past four hundred years of science fiction, beginning with science fiction's "rosy-fingered dawn" and moving toward the other-worldly literature of the present day. As it makes its way through the eras of science fiction, Classical Traditions in Science Fiction exposes the many levels on which science fiction engages the ideas of the ancient world, from minute matters of language and structure to the larger thematic and philosophical concerns.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190228330
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 466 g
Dimensions: 215 x 142 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
a stimulating and provoking collection of essays. * Liz Gloyn, Times Higher Education Books of 2015 *
on a journey through the modern history of SF ... pointing out sites of classical interest along the way ... raises some big questions * Francesca Middleton, Times Literary Supplement *
the articles cover a broad swathe of Sci-Fi in terms of textual format ... as well as content, theme, and sub-genre. This bolsters the impression that SF's engagement with the classical tradition is varied and continually evolving ... interesting, well researched and thought provoking. For SF scholars and enthusiasts familiar with the texts in question, the book offers a fresh lens through which to view them and a new understanding of their place within the Western literary tradition ... worth reading and will encourage people to investigate the sources for themselves ... a valuable resource. The contributors bring different strengths to an interesting range of source material and express a variety of opinions on the methodological and definitional issues ... a solid contribution to the growing field of SF studies and will help to put SF firmly on the radar for students of classical reception. * James Christie, International Journal of the Classical Tradition *
a fascinating collection you're excited by taking a deeper look into science fiction through the lens of the myths and stories of antiquity - that is to say if you're a Classics nerd along with being a traditional nerd - then Classical Traditions in Science Fiction is an absolute blast. * Rob Bricken, io9 *
the volume comprises an astoundingly diverse array of case studies * Dr Lilah Grace Canevaro, Classics for All *
the book represents an exciting new direction for classical studies. * M. J. Emery, CHOICE *
Whereas a classics scholar may be confused by the different approaches to defining and originating science fiction, Classical Traditions in Science Fiction is a particularly helpful work in orienting science fiction scholars toward a more historical approach to the genre. The work shows that even the most advanced and surreal worlds of science fiction hark back to classical origins in their reflections on humanity, knowledge, and ethics. * Kanta Dihal, Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) Review *

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