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The Anatomy of Utopia:  Narration, Estrangement and Ambiguity in More, Well, Huxley and Clarke

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The Anatomy of Utopia: Narration, Estrangement and Ambiguity in More, Well, Huxley and Clarke

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Author: Károly Pintér
Publisher: McFarland & Company, 2010
Series: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy: Book 23

1. Worlds Apart?
2. Tolkien and Shakespeare
3. Culture, Identities and Technology in the Star Wars Films
4. The Influence of Star Trek on Television, Film, and Culture
5. Hugo Gernsback and the Century of Science Fiction
6. One Earth, One People
7. Evolution of Tolkien's Mythology
8. H. Beam Piper: A Biography
9. Dreams and Nightmares
10. Lilith in a New Light
11. Feminist Narrative and the Supernatural
12. The Science of Fiction and the Fiction of Science
13. Kim Stanley Robinson Maps the Unimaginable
14. The Inter-Galactic Playground
15. Science Fiction from Québec
16. Science Fiction and the Two Cultures
17. Stephen R. Donaldson and the Modern Epic Vision
18. Ursula K. Le Guin's Journey to Post-Feminism
19. Portals of Power
20. The Animal Fable in Science Fiction and Fantasy
21. Illuminating Torchwood
22. Comics as a Nexus of Cultures
23. The Anatomy of Utopia
24. The Anticipation Novelists of 1950s French Science Fiction
25. The Twilight Mystique
26. The Mythic Fantasy of Robert Holdstock
27. Science Fiction and the Prediction of the Future
28. Apocalypse in Australian Fiction and Film
29. British Science Fiction Film and Television
30. Cult Telefantasy
31. The Postnational Fantasy
32. Heinlein's Juvenile Novels
33. Welsh Mythology and Folklore in Popular Culture
34. I See You
35. Of Bread, Blood and the Hunger Games
36. The Sex is Out of This World
37. Lois McMaster Bujold
38. Girls Transforming
39. Doctor Who in Time and Space
40. The Worlds of Farscape
41. Orbiting Ray Bradbury's Mars
42. The Heritage of Heinlein
43. The Past That Might Have Been, the Future That May Come
44. Environments in Science Fiction
45. Discworld and the Disciplines
46. Nature and the Numinous in Mythopoeic Fantasy Literature
47. J. R. R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard and the Birth of Modern Fantasy
48. The Monomyth of American Science Fiction Films
49. The Fantastic in Holocaust Literature and Film
50. Star Wars in the Public Square
51. An Asimov Companion
52. Michael Moorcock
53. The Last Midnight
54. The Science Fiction Mythmakers
55. Gender and the Quest in British Science Fiction Television
56. Saving the World Through Science Fiction
57. Wells Meets Deleuze
58. Science Fiction and Futurism
59. Science Fiction in Classic Rock
60. Patricia A. McKillip and the Art of Fantasy World-Building
61. The Fabulous Journeys of Alice and Pinocchio
62. A Dune Companion
63. Fantasy Literature and Christianity
64. The British Comic Book Invasion
65. The Archive Incarnate
66. Women's Space
67. Hailing Frequencies Open
68. The Global Vampire
69. Philip K. Dick
70. Michael Bishop and the Persistence of Wonder
71. Caitlín R. Kiernan
72. In Frankenstein's Wake
73. The Fortean Influence on Science Fiction
74. Arab and Muslim Science Fiction
75. The Mythopoeic Code of Tolkien
76. The Truths of Monsters

Book Type: Non-Fiction
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Utopia
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Synopsis

Since the early rise of the novel, utopian stories have held the public imagination. This critical text argues that though these books are commonly seen as social statements or ideological propaganda, they should be treated as literary texts, not as blueprints for a human community. Thomas More's Utopia, H.G. Wells's A Modern Utopia, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, and Arthur C. Clarke's The City and the Stars are examined as texts representative of utopianism during specific historical periods.

This thoughtful study is a vital addition to critical discussion of utopian literature.


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