The Cambridge Companion To Utopian Literature

Author: Gregory Claeys
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139828428
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The Cambridge Companion To Utopian Literature from the Author: Gregory Claeys. Since the publication of Thomas More's genre-defining work Utopia in 1516, the field of utopian literature has evolved into an ever-expanding domain. This Companion presents an extensive historical survey of the development of utopianism, from the publication of Utopia to today's dark and despairing tendency towards dystopian pessimism, epitomised by works such as George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Chapters address the difficult definition of the concept of utopia, and consider its relation to science fiction and other literary genres. The volume takes an innovative approach to the major themes predominating within the utopian and dystopian literary tradition, including feminism, romance and ecology, and explores in detail the vexed question of the purportedly 'western' nature of the concept of utopia. The reader is provided with a balanced overview of the evolution and current state of a long-standing, rich tradition of historical, political and literary scholarship.

The Cambridge Companion To Science Fiction

Author: Edward James
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521016575
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The Cambridge Companion To Science Fiction from the Author: Edward James. Science fiction is at the intersection of numerous fields. It is a literature which draws on popular culture, and which engages in speculation about science, history, and all types of social relations. This volume brings together essays by scholars and practitioners of science fiction, which look at the genre from these different angles. It examines science fiction from Thomas More to the present day, and introduces important critical approaches including Marxism, postmodernism, feminism and queer theory. A number of well-known science fiction writers contribute to this volume.

The Cambridge Companion To Thomas More

Author: George M. Logan
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139828487
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The Cambridge Companion To Thomas More from the Author: George M. Logan. This Companion offers a comprehensive introduction to the life and work of a major figure of the modern world. Combining breadth of coverage with depth, the book opens with essays on More's family, early life and education, his literary humanism, virtuoso rhetoric, illustrious public career and ferocious opposition to emergent Protestantism, and his fall from power, incarceration, trial and execution. These chapters are followed by in-depth studies of five of More's major works - Utopia, The History of King Richard the Third, A Dialogue Concerning Heresies, A Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation and De Tristitia Christi - and a final essay on the varied responses to the man and his writings in his own and subsequent centuries. The volume provides an accessible overview of this fascinating figure to students and other interested readers, whilst also presenting, and in many areas extending, the most important modern scholarship on him.

The Cambridge Companion To The City In Literature

Author: Kevin R. McNamara
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139992279
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The Cambridge Companion To The City In Literature from the Author: Kevin R. McNamara. From the myths and legends that fashioned the identities of ancient city-states to the diversity of literary performance in contemporary cities around the world, literature and the city are inseparably entwined. The international team of scholars in this volume offers a comprehensive, accessible survey of the literary city, exploring the myriad cities that authors create and the genres in which cities appear. Early chapters consider the literary legacies of historical and symbolic cities from antiquity to the early modern period. Subsequent chapters consider the importance of literature to the rise of the urban public sphere; the affective experience of city life; the interplay of the urban landscape and memory; the form of the literary city and its responsiveness to social, cultural and technological change; dystopian, nocturnal, pastoral and sublime cities; cities shaped by colonialism and postcolonialism; and the cities of economic, sexual, cultural and linguistic outsiders.

The Cambridge Companion To Twentieth Century Russian Literature

Author: Evgeny Dobrenko
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139828231
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The Cambridge Companion To Twentieth Century Russian Literature from the Author: Evgeny Dobrenko. In Russian history, the twentieth century was an era of unprecedented, radical transformations - changes in social systems, political regimes, and economic structures. A number of distinctive literary schools emerged, each with their own voice, specific artistic character, and ideological background. As a single-volume compendium, the Companion provides a new perspective on Russian literary and cultural development, as it unifies both émigré literature and literature written in Russia. This volume concentrates on broad, complex, and diverse sources - from symbolism and revolutionary avant-garde writings to Stalinist, post-Stalinist, and post-Soviet prose, poetry, drama, and émigré literature, with forays into film, theatre, and literary policies, institutions and theories. The contributors present recent scholarship on historical and cultural contexts of twentieth-century literary development, and situate the most influential individual authors within these contexts, including Boris Pasternak, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Joseph Brodsky, Osip Mandelstam, Mikhail Bulgakov and Anna Akhmatova.

The Cambridge Companion To American Science Fiction

Author: Gerry Canavan
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107052467
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The Cambridge Companion To American Science Fiction from the Author: Gerry Canavan. This Companion explores the relationship between the ideas and themes of American science fiction and their roots in the American cultural experience.

The Cambridge Companion To The Literature Of Los Angeles

Author: Kevin R. McNamara
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139825402
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The Cambridge Companion To The Literature Of Los Angeles from the Author: Kevin R. McNamara. Los Angeles has a tantalizing hold on the American imagination. Its self-magnifying myths encompass Hollywood glamour, Arcadian landscapes, and endless summer, but also the apocalyptic undertow of riots, environmental depredation, and natural disaster. This Companion traces the evolution of Los Angeles as the most public staging of the American Dream - and American nightmares. The expert contributors make exciting, innovative connections among the authors and texts inspired by the city, covering the early Spanish settlers, African American writers, the British and German expatriates of the 1930s and 1940s, Latino, and Asian LA literature. The genres discussed include crime novels, science fiction, Hollywood novels, literary responses to urban rebellion, the poetry scene, nature writing, and the most influential non-fiction accounts of the region. Diverse, vibrant, and challenging as the city itself, this Companion is the definitive guide to LA in literature.

The Cambridge Companion To English Novelists

Author: Adrian Poole
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521871190
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The Cambridge Companion To English Novelists from the Author: Adrian Poole. A survey of the most important British novelists of the past 250 years, for students of British fiction.

The Cambridge Companion To Thomas Pynchon

Author: Inger H. Dalsgaard
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521769744
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The Cambridge Companion To Thomas Pynchon from the Author: Inger H. Dalsgaard. This essential Companion to Thomas Pynchon provides all the necessary tools to unlock the challenging fiction of this postmodern master.

The Cambridge Companion To Children S Literature

Author: M. O. Grenby
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139828045
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The Cambridge Companion To Children S Literature from the Author: M. O. Grenby. Some of the most innovative and spell-binding literature has been written for young people, but only recently has academic study embraced its range and complexity. This Companion offers a state-of-the-subject survey of English-language children's literature from the seventeenth century to the present. With discussions ranging from eighteenth-century moral tales to modern fantasies by J. K. Rowling and Philip Pullman, the Companion illuminates acknowledged classics and many more neglected works. Its unique structure means that equal consideration can be given to both texts and contexts. Some chapters analyse key themes and major genres, including humour, poetry, school stories, and picture books. Others explore the sociological dimensions of children's literature and the impact of publishing practices. Written by leading scholars from around the world, this Companion will be essential reading for all students and scholars of children's literature, offering original readings and new research that reflects the latest developments in the field.