Space And The Postmodern Fantastic In Contemporary Literature

Space and the Postmodern Fantastic in Contemporary Literature PDF
Author: Patricia Garcia
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317581326
Size: 15.15 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 188
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Arising from the philosophical conviction that our sense of space plays a direct role in our apprehension and construction of reality (both factual and fictional), this book investigates how conceptions of postmodern space have transformed the history of the impossible in literature. Deeply influenced by the work of Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar, there has been an unprecedented rise in the number of fantastic texts in which the impossible is bound to space — space not as scene of action but as impossible element performing a fantastic transgression within the storyworld. This book conceptualizes and contextualizes this postmodern, fantastic use of space that disrupts the reader’s comfortable notion of space as objective reality in favor of the concept of space as socially mediated, constructed, and conventional. In an illustration of the transnational nature of this phenomenon, García analyzes a varied corpus of the Fantastic in the past four decades from different cultures and languages, merging literary analysis with classical questions of space related to the fields of philosophy, urban studies, and anthropology. Texts include authors such as Julio Cortázar (Argentina), John Barth (USA), J.G. Ballard (UK), Jacques Sternberg (Belgium), Fernando Iwasaki (Perú), Juan José Millás (Spain,) and Éric Faye (France). This book contributes to Literary Theory and Comparative Literature in the areas of the Fantastic, narratology, and Geocriticism and informs the continuing interdisciplinary debate on how human beings make sense of space.

The Fantastic In Holocaust Literature And Film

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Author: Judith B. Kerman
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476618739
Size: 67.48 MB
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Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 244
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When reality becomes fantastic, what literary effects will render it credible or comprehensible? To respond meaningfully to the surreality of the Holocaust, writers must produce works of moral and emotional complexity. One way they have achieved this is through elements of fantasy. Covering a range of theoretical perspectives, this collection of essays explores the use of fantastic story-telling in Holocaust literature and film. Writers such as Jane Yolen and Art Spiegelman are discussed, as well as the sci-fi television series V (1983), Stephen King’s novella Apt Pupil (1982), Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) and Martin Scorsese’s dark thriller Shutter Island (2010).

Space And Place In Children S Literature 1789 To The Present

Space and Place in Children   s Literature  1789 to the Present PDF
Author: Maria Sachiko Cecire
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 147242056X
Size: 57.53 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 266
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Focusing on questions of space and locale in children’s literature, this collection explores how metaphorical and physical space can create landscapes of power, knowledge, and identity in texts from the early nineteenth century to the present. The collection is comprised of four sections that take up the space between children and adults, the representation of 'real world' places, fantasy travel and locales, and the physical space of the children’s book-as-object. In their essays, the contributors analyze works from a range of sources and traditions by authors such as Sylvia Plath, Maria Edgeworth, Gloria Anzaldúa, Jenny Robson, C.S. Lewis, Elizabeth Knox, and Claude Ponti. While maintaining a focus on how location and spatiality aid in defining the child’s relationship to the world, the essays also address themes of borders, displacement, diaspora, exile, fantasy, gender, history, home-leaving and homecoming, hybridity, mapping, and metatextuality. With an epilogue by Philip Pullman in which he discusses his own relationship to image and locale, this collection is also a valuable resource for understanding the work of this celebrated author of children’s literature.

Evaporating Genres

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Author: Gary K. Wolfe
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
ISBN: 0819571040
Size: 42.51 MB
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Category : Fiction
Languages : en
Pages : 280
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In this wide-ranging series of essays, an award-winning science fiction critic explores how the related genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror evolve, merge, and finally “evaporate” into new and more dynamic forms. Beginning with a discussion of how literary readers “unlearned” how to read the fantastic during the heyday of realistic fiction, Gary K. Wolfe goes on to show how the fantastic reasserted itself in popular genre literature, and how these genres themselves grew increasingly unstable in terms of both narrative form and the worlds they portray. More detailed discussions of how specific contemporary writers have promoted this evolution are followed by a final essay examining how the competing discourses have led toward an emerging synthesis of critical approaches and vocabularies. The essays cover a vast range of authors and texts, and include substantial discussions of very current fiction published within the last few years.

Staging The Impossible

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Author: Patrick D. Murphy
Publisher: Praeger
ISBN:
Size: 77.71 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 245
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This book explores the most recent critical thinking on the relationship between the literary mode of the fantastic and the literary genre of drama with respect to modern theatre. Wide-ranging in time and space, the 14 essays assess 20th century dramatic works from the United States, Ireland, England, Western Europe, and the Caribbean. Canonical figures, such as Strindberg, Yeats, Beckett, Ionesco, Cocteau, and Stoppard are studied, along with neglected figures and innovative new performance troupes and individual artists. Concluding essays are devoted to contemporary experimental theatre and postmodern drama, and a study of science fiction on stage includes an annotated listing of forty English-language plays.

Edging Into The Future

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Author: Veronica Hollinger
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812218046
Size: 75.39 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 278
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"The savvy critical essays in this provocative collection investigate the interface between science fiction and postmodern culture. . . . Highly recommended for readers at all levels."—Choice

The Postmodern Chronotope

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Author: Paul Smethurst
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9789042015135
Size: 61.14 MB
Format: PDF
Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 335
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The Postmodern Chronotope is an innovative interdisciplinary study of the contemporary. It will be of special interest to anyone interested in relations between postmodernism, geography and contemporary fiction. Some claim that postmodernism questions history and historical bases to culture; some say it is about loss of affect, loss of depth models, and superficiality; others claim it follows from the conditions of post-industrial society; and others cite commodification of place, Disneyfication, simulation and post-tourist spectacle as evidence that postmodernism is wedded to late capitalism. Whatever postmodernism is, or turns out to have been, it is bound up in rethinking and reworking space and time, and Paul Smethurst's intervention here is to introduce the postmodern chronotope as a term through which these spatial and temporal shifts might be apprehended. The postmodern chronotope constitutes a postmodern world-view and postmodern way of seeing. In a sense it is the natural successor to a modernist way of seeing defined through cubism, montage and relativity. The book is arranged as follows: - Part 1 is an interdisciplinary study casting a wide net across a range of cultural, social and scientific activity, from chaos theory to cinema, from architecture to performance art, from IT to tourism. - Part 2 offers original readings of a selection of postmodern novels, including Graham Swift's Waterland and Out of this World, Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor and First Light, Alasdair Gray's Lanark, J. M. Coetzee's Foe, Marina Warner's Indigo, Caryl Phillips' Cambridge, and Don DeLillo's The Names and Ratner's Star.

Poverty In Contemporary Literature

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Author: B. Korte
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137429291
Size: 45.65 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 149
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Poverty and inequality have gained a new public presence in the United Kingdom. Literature, and particularly narrative literature, (re-)configures how people think, feel and behave in relation to poverty. This makes the analysis of poverty-themed fiction an important aspect in the new transdisciplinary field of poverty studies.

State Of The Fantastic

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Author: International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts 1990 Fort laude
Publisher: Praeger
ISBN:
Size: 18.26 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 210
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This collection of twenty essays originally presented at the Eleventh International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts contains five parts: on fantasists and their work, contemporary fantastic theory and practice, studies in the British and European fantastic, studies in American fantasy and science fiction, and sex and techno-horror in fantastic literature and film. What all the essays here have in common is that their authors are all aware of the tremendous latent power, for good and ill, of the fantastic text. We are given timely reminders of the dangers, as well as the appeal, of elves and how narrators in fantastic fictions take advantage of our desire to be part of a narrative community. We learn how some contemporary fantasists assimilate literary and scientific theory, while others seem in their fiction to require a new sociology to account for it.

The Unnameable Monster In Literature And Film

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Author: Maria Beville
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135052301
Size: 26.28 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 204
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This book visits the 'Thing' in its various manifestations as an unnameable monster in literature and film, reinforcing the idea that the very essence of the monster is its excess and its indeterminacy. Tied primarily to the artistic modes of the gothic, science fiction, and horror, the unnameable monster retains a persistent presence in literary forms as a reminder of the sublime object that exceeds our worst fears. Beville examines various representations of this elusive monster and argues that we must looks at the monster, rather than through it, at ourselves. As such, this book responds to the obsessive manner in which the monsters of literature and culture are ‘managed’ in processes of classification and in claims that they serve a social function by embodying all that is horrible in the human imagination. The book primarily considers literature from the Romantic period to the present, and film that leans toward postmodernism. Incorporating disciplines such as cultural theory, film theory, literary criticism, and continental philosophy, it focuses on that most difficult but interesting quality of the monster, its unnameability, in order to transform and accelerate current readings of not only the monsters of literature and film, but also those that are the focus of contemporary theoretical discussion.

Re Forming The Past

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Author: A. Timothy Spaulding
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
ISBN: 0814210066
Size: 76.77 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 148
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Classifies the postmodern slave narratives of Ishmael Reed, Octavia Butler, Toni Morrison, Charles Johnson, Jewelle Gomez, and Samuel Delaney under one conceptual framework--"re-forming" the past--and argues that their distinctly African American form ofpostmodern slave narrative forces the reader to question the ideologies set forth by earlier, "realistic" depictions of slavery.

Reference Guide To Russian Literature

Reference Guide to Russian Literature PDF
Author: Neil Cornwell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134260776
Size: 20.81 MB
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Category : Literary Criticism
Languages : en
Pages : 1012
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First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.