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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. Part I: Genres
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Malebolge, or the Ordnance of Genre
  2. pp. 3-17
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  1. 2. Evaporating Genres
  2. pp. 18-53
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  1. 3. Tales of Stasis and Chaos
  2. pp. 54-67
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  1. 4. The Encounter with Fantasy
  2. pp. 68-82
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  1. 5. The Artifact as Icon in Science Fiction
  2. pp. 83-98
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  1. 6. The Remaking of Zero
  2. pp. 99-120
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  1. 7. Frontiers in Space
  2. pp. 121-137
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  1. Part II: Writers
  2. pp. 138-139
  1. 8. The Lives of Fantasists
  2. pp. 141-150
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  1. 9. Peter Straub and the New Horror (with Amelia Beamer)
  2. pp. 151-163
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  1. 10. Twenty-First-Century Stories (with Amelia Beamer)
  2. pp. 164-185
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  1. Part III: Critics and Criticism
  2. pp. 187-188
  1. 11. Pilgrims of the Fall
  2. pp. 189-213
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 215-235
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 237-248
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 249-260
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780819571045
Related ISBN
9780819569363
MARC Record
OCLC
726747951
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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