Teaching Science Fiction

Paperback | June 15, 2011

EditorPeter Wright, Andy Sawyer

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The importance of science fiction to undergraduate literary studies cannot be underestimated. Its capacity to challenge students' social, political and cultural perspectives makes it invaluable in highlighting the contingent nature of contemporary society and the potential for change. Teaching Science Fiction is the first book in thirty years to address how science fiction might be taught to this effect. It presents comprehensive treatments of the major phases in the development of the genre including the scientific romance, Golden Age science fiction, the New Wave and science fiction's engagement with the postmodern. The book identifies and explores innovative teaching strategies which will both engage and challenge students whilst providing practical advice on how an sf course can be designed, delivered and evaluated. Sample syllabuses, a detailed chronology, a compact history of the genre and an extensive bibliography make this an invaluable guide for anyone teaching, or considering teaching, science fiction at undergraduate level.

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The importance of science fiction to undergraduate literary studies cannot be underestimated. Its capacity to challenge students' social, political and cultural perspectives makes it invaluable in highlighting the contingent nature of contemporary society and the potential for change. Teaching Science Fiction is the first book in thirt...

ANDY SAWYER is librarian of the Science Fiction Foundation Collection at the University of Liverpool Library, UK, and Course Director of the School of Englishs MA in Science Fiction Studies. He is Reviews Editor of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction. He recently co-edited Plan For Chaos, a previously unpublished n...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:June 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230228518

ISBN - 13:9780230228511

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Notes on Contributors
Why Teach Science Fiction?--A.Sawyer &--P.Wright
A Short History of Science Fiction--P.Kincaid
Theorising Science Fiction--G.K.Wolfe
Teaching Utopia, Anti-Utopia and Science Fiction--C.Ferns
Teaching Pulp Science Fiction--G.Westfahl
Teaching Golden Age Science Fiction--L.Yaszek
Teaching the New Wave--R.Latham
Teaching Postmodern Science Fiction--A.Butler
Teaching Gender and Science Fiction--B.Attebery
Teaching Postcolonial Science Fiction--U.Mehan
Teaching Latin American Science Fiction: A Case Study--L.Ginway
Science Fiction and Curriculum Design--A.Sawyer &--P.Wright
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