Classical Traditions in Science Fiction

Brett M. Rogers, Benjamin Eldon Stevens
Oxford University Press, 12.01.2015 - 416 Seiten
For all its concern with change in the present and future, science fiction is deeply rooted in the past and, surprisingly, engages especially deeply with the ancient world. Indeed, both as an area in which the meaning of "classics" is actively transformed and as an open-ended set of texts whose own 'classic' status is a matter of ongoing debate, science fiction reveals much about the roles played by ancient classics in modern times. Classical Traditions in Science Fiction is the first collection in English dedicated to the study of science fiction as a site of classical receptions, offering a much-needed mapping of that important cultural and intellectual terrain. This volume discusses a wide variety of representative examples from both classical antiquity and the past four hundred years of science fiction, beginning with science fiction's "rosy-fingered dawn" and moving toward the other-worldly literature of the present day. As it makes its way through the eras of science fiction, Classical Traditions in Science Fiction exposes the many levels on which science fiction engages the ideas of the ancient world, from minute matters of language and structure to the larger thematic and philosophical concerns.

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The Past Is an Undiscovered Country
SFs RosyFingered Dawn
The Lunar Setting of Johannes Keplers Somnium Science
Lucretius Lucan and Mary Shelleys Frankenstein
Virgil in Jules Vernes Journey to the Center of the Earth
Links Between the True History and
The Tragedy of Edward Morbius
The Original Series
Hybrids and Homecomings in the Odyssey and Alien Resurrection
Classical Antiquity and Western Identity in Battlestar Galactica
Revised Iliadic Epiphanies in Dan Simmonss Ilium
Refiguring the Roman Empire in The Hunger Games Trilogy
Jonathan Hickmans Pax Romana and the End of Antiquity
Suggestions for Further Reading and Viewing
Works Cited

Walter M Miller Jr s A Canticle for Leibowitz the Great Year
Time and SelfReferentiality in the Iliad and Frank Herberts Dune
Disability as Rhetorical Trope in Classical Myth and Blade Runner

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Über den Autor (2015)

Brett M. Rogers is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Puget Sound. Benjamin Eldon Stevens is Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Hollins University.

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