Science Fiction and Narrative Form

Roberts, David, Milner, Andrew, and Murphy, Peter (2023) Science Fiction and Narrative Form. Bloomsbury Academic, London, UK.

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Locating science fiction as its own distinct and increasingly important narrative form, this book explores how the genre challenges pervasive perceptions of society as presented in the conventional modern novel. Inspired by, and building upon, Georg Lukács's criticism of the orthodox novel for its depiction of life as alienating and disjointed, Milner, Murphy and Roberts posit that science fiction steps beyond this contemporary form to be a more constructive literature, better able to conceive of society as complete, integrated and well-rounded. Taking stock of three kinds of science fiction that lie outside the scope of the modern novel - theological or ontological science fiction, the science fiction of future history, and epic science fiction – the book demonstrates science fiction's unique capacity to encapsulate the whole world, persons and events, things and objects in a glance, and address the motive behind the wish for a meaningful totality.

Item ID: 78031
Item Type: Book (Research - A1)
ISBN: 9781350350755
Keywords: epic, novel, historical novel, science fiction
Copyright Information: Copyright © David Roberts, Andrew Milner and Peter Murphy, 2023
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2023 23:37
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470514 Literary theory @ 50%
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4705 Literary studies > 470527 Popular and genre literature @ 50%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280116 Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture @ 50%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280119 Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies @ 50%
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