The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction

Hardcover | September 4, 2014

EditorRob Latham

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The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction attempts to descry the historical and cultural contours of SF in the wake of technoculture studies. Rather than treating the genre as an isolated aesthetic formation, it examines SF's many lines of cross-pollination with technocultural realities since itsinception in the nineteenth century, showing how SF's unique history and subcultural identity has been constructed in ongoing dialogue with popular discourses of science and technology. The volume consists of four broadly themed sections, each divided into eleven chapters. Section I, "Science Fiction as Genre," considers the internal history of SF literature, examining its characteristic aesthetic and ideological modalities, its animating social and commercial institutions, and itsrelationship to other fantastic genres. Section II, "Science Fiction as Medium," presents a more diverse and ramified understanding of what constitutes the field as a mode of artistic and pop-cultural expression, canvassing extra-literary manifestations of SF ranging from film and television tovideogames and hypertext to music and theme parks. Section III, "Science Fiction as Culture," examines the genre in relation to cultural issues and contexts that have influenced it and been influenced by it in turn, the goal being to see how SF has helped to constitute and define important(sub)cultural groupings, social movements, and historical developments during the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. Finally, Section IV, "Science Fiction as Worldview," explores SF as a mode of thought and its intersection with other philosophies and large-scale perspectives on theworld, from the Enlightenment to the present day.

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The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction attempts to descry the historical and cultural contours of SF in the wake of technoculture studies. Rather than treating the genre as an isolated aesthetic formation, it examines SF's many lines of cross-pollination with technocultural realities since itsinception in the nineteenth century, showin...

Rob Latham is the author of Consuming Youth: Vampires, Cyborgs, and the Culture of Consumption and a senior editor of the journal Science Fiction Studies. He is also a member of the editorial boards of The Journal of Science Fiction Film and Television and The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:624 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.98 inPublished:September 4, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart I. Science Fiction as Genre1. Brooks Landon: "Extrapolation and Speculation"2. Peter Stockwell: "Aesthetics"3. Arthur B. Evans: "Histories"4. Gary K. Wolfe: "Literary Movements"5. Farah Mendlesohn: "Fandom"6. Gary Westfahl: "The Marketplace"7. Jess Nevins: "Pulp Science Fiction"8. Joan Gordon: "Literary Science Fiction"9. Victoria de Zwaan: "Slipstream"10. Brian Attebery: "The Fantastic"11. Veronica Hollinger: "Genre vs. Mode"Part II. Science Fiction as Medium12. Mark Bould: "Film"13. J.P. Telotte: "Radio and Television"14. Paul Wells: "Animation"15. Jerome Winter: "Art and Illustration"16. Corey Creekmur: "Comics"17. Pawe Frelik: "Video Games"18. James Tobias: "Digital Arts and Hypertext"19. John Cline: "Music"20. Steve Dixon: "Performance Art"21. Nic Clear: "Architecture"22. Leonie Cooper: "Theme Parks"Part III. Science Fiction as Culture23. Sherryl Vint: "The Culture of Science"24. Roger Luckhurst: "Automation"25. Steffen Hantke: "Military Culture"26. David Seed: "Atomic Culture and the Space Race"27. Gregory L. Reece: "UFOs, Scientology, and Other SF Religions"28. Jonathan M. Woodham: "Advertising and Design"29. Rob Latham: "Countercultures"30. Patricia Melzer: "Sexuality"31. Ross Farnell: "Body Modification"32. Thomas Foster: "Cyberculture"33. Elizabeth Guffey and Kate C. Lemay: "Retrofuturism and Steampunk"Part IV. Science Fiction as Worldview34. Adam Roberts: "The Enlightenment"35. William Hughes: "The Gothic"36. Patrick B. Sharp: "Darwinism"37. John Rieder: "Colonialism and Postcolonialism"38. Anthony Enns: "Pseudoscience"39. Andrew M. Butler: "Futurology"40. Colin Milburn: "Posthumanism"41. Lisa Yaszek: "Feminism"42. Neil Easterbrook: "Libertarianism and Anarchism"43. De Witt Douglas Kilgore: "Afrofuturism"44. Phillip E. Wegner: "Utopianism"