The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction

ISBN : 9780199838844

Rob Latham
640 Pages
186 x 258 mm
Pub date
Oct 2014
Oxford Handbooks of Literature
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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 its inception 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 its relationship 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 to videogames 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 the world, from the Enlightenment to the present day.


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

About the author: 

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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