The Everyday Fantastic

The Everyday Fantastic


Author : Michael Berman
Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Pub
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Pages : 167 pages
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The Everyday Fantastic is an anthology born in love. The love is for science fiction, in all its myriad forms: novels, television, movies, music, art, etc. Many writers from a plurality of disciplines, professions and walks of life share this disposition. This attitude cuts across national boundaries and has even outlasted the vagaries of popular culture fads. This collection of essays draws upon these feelings in terms of the different ways science fiction is engaged in different disciplines, viewing the genre beyond mere entertainment. The papers collected here engage the fundamental questions explored in science fiction. Many of the essays were originally presented at an interdisciplinary conference in October 2005 at Brock University, highlighted by Robert J. Sawyers engaging keynote address. Additional chapters were in part inspired by these presentations. These essays represent a wide array of voices from the humanities, social sciences and sciences, and address a comparable range of topics and the media that use the science fiction genre.


Fantastic Tales

Fantastic Tales


Author : Italo Calvino
Publisher : Penguin UK
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ISBN : 0141391936
Pages : 608 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (141 users)

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From fabulous enchantments and supernatural horrors to subtler, more psychological terrors, the best of nineteenth-century fantastic literature is collected here by Italo Calvino. These mysterious and macabre tales include Hoffmann's nightmarish 'The Sandman', Poe's terrifying 'The Tell-Tale Heart' and Dickens's chilling ghost story 'The Signal-Man', and relatively unknown works from celebrated writers including Honoré de Balzac, Henry James, Sir Walter Scott, Guy de Maupassant and Robert Louis Stevenson, alongside lesser-known contributors. Each story comes with a fascinating introduction by Calvino.


The Everyday Fantasic

The Everyday Fantasic


Author : Michael Berman
Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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ISBN : 1443807834
Pages : 175 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (443 users)

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The Everyday Fantastic is an anthology born in love. The love is for science fiction, in all its myriad forms: novels, television, movies, music, art, etc. Many writers from a plurality of disciplines, professions and walks of life share this disposition. This attitude cuts across national boundaries and has even outlasted the vagaries of popular culture fads. This collection of essays draws upon these feelings in terms of the different ways science fiction is engaged in different disciplines, viewing the genre beyond mere entertainment. The papers collected here engage the fundamental questions explored in science fiction. Many of the essays were originally presented at an interdisciplinary conference in October 2005 at Brock University, highlighted by Robert J. Sawyer’s engaging keynote address. Additional chapters were in part inspired by these presentations. These essays represent a wide array of voices from the humanities, social sciences and sciences, and address a comparable range of topics and the media that use the science fiction genre.


The Italian Gothic and Fantastic

The Italian Gothic and Fantastic


Author : Francesca Billiani
Publisher : Associated University Presse
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ISBN : 9780838641262
Pages : 250 pages
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Meanwhile, by assimilating the Other into our own modes of representation of reality and imagination, twentieth-century female writers of the fantastic show how alternative identities can be shaped and social constituencies can be challenged."--BOOK JACKET.


Impossible Worlds, Impossible Things

Impossible Worlds, Impossible Things


Author : Melissa Beattie
Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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ISBN : 1443820466
Pages : 235 pages
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The successful regeneration of Doctor Who in the twenty-first century has sparked unprecedented popular success and renewed interest within the academy. The ten essays assembled in this volume draw on a variety of critical approaches—from cultural theory to audience studies, to classical reception and musicology—to form a wide-ranging interdisciplinary discussion of Doctor Who, classic and new, and its spin-off series, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. With additional contributions from Andrew Pixley, Robert Shearman, Barnaby Edwards, and Matt Hills, the volume is intended to be accessible to everyone, from interested academics in relevant fields to the general public.


Fairy Tale Films

Fairy Tale Films


Author : Pauline Greenhill
Publisher : University Press of Colorado
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ISBN : 0874217822
Pages : 263 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (874 users)

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In this, the first collection of essays to address the development of fairy tale film as a genre, Pauline Greenhill and Sidney Eve Matrix stress, "the mirror of fairy-tale film reflects not so much what its audience members actually are but how they see themselves and their potential to develop (or, likewise, to regress)." As Jack Zipes says further in the foreword, “Folk and fairy tales pervade our lives constantly through television soap operas and commercials, in comic books and cartoons, in school plays and storytelling performances, in our superstitions and prayers for miracles, and in our dreams and daydreams. The artistic re-creations of fairy-tale plots and characters in film—the parodies, the aesthetic experimentation, and the mixing of genres to engender new insights into art and life—mirror possibilities of estranging ourselves from designated roles, along with the conventional patterns of the classical tales.” Here, scholars from film, folklore, and cultural studies move discussion beyond the well-known Disney movies to the many other filmic adaptations of fairy tales and to the widespread use of fairy tale tropes, themes, and motifs in cinema.


Television Aesthetics and Style

Television Aesthetics and Style


Author : Steven Peacock
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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ISBN : 162356249X
Pages : 352 pages
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Although Film Studies has successfully (re)turned attention to matters of style and interpretation, its sibling discipline has left the territory uncharted - until now. The question of how television operates on a stylistic level has been critically underexplored, despite being fundamental to our viewing experience. This significant new work redresses a vital gap in Television Studies by engaging with the stylistic dynamics of TV; exploring the aesthetic properties and values of both the medium and particular types of output (specific programmes); and raising important questions about the way we judge television as both cultural artifact and art form. Television Aesthetics and Style provides a unique and vital intervention in the field, raising key questions about television's artistic properties and possibilities. Through a series of case-studies by internationally renowned scholars, the collection takes a radical step forward in understanding TV's stylistic achievements.


Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil

Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil


Author : Emilie M. Townes
Publisher : Springer
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ISBN : 0230601626
Pages : 200 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (23 users)

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This groundbreaking book provides an analytical tool to understand how and why evil works in the world as it does. Deconstructing memory, history, and myth as received wisdom, the volume critically examines racism, sexism, poverty, and stereotypes.


Everyday Life and Cultural Theory

Everyday Life and Cultural Theory


Author : Ben Highmore
Publisher : Psychology Press
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ISBN : 9780415223027
Pages : 212 pages
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Ben Highmore traces the development of conceptions of everyday life, from Georg Simmel's cultural sociology, through the Mass-Observation project of the thirties to theorists such as Michel Curteau.


Welcome to the Dreamhouse

Welcome to the Dreamhouse


Author : Lynn Spigel
Publisher : Duke University Press
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ISBN : 0822383179
Pages : 438 pages
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In Welcome to the Dreamhouse feminist media studies pioneer Lynn Spigel takes on Barbie collectors, African American media coverage of the early NASA space launches, and television’s changing role in the family home and its links to the broader visual culture of modern art. Exploring postwar U.S. media in the context of the period’s reigning ideals about home and family life, Spigel looks at a range of commercial objects and phenomena, from television and toys to comic books and magazines. The volume considers not only how the media portrayed suburban family life, but also how both middle-class ideals and a perceived division between private and public worlds helped to shape the visual forms, storytelling practices, and reception of postwar media and consumer culture. Spigel also explores those aspects of suburban culture that media typically render invisible. She looks at the often unspoken assumptions about class, nation, ethnicity, race, and sexual orientation that underscored both media images (like those of 1960s space missions) and social policies of the mass-produced suburb. Issues of memory and nostalgia are central in the final section as Spigel considers how contemporary girls use television reruns as a source for women’s history and then analyzes the current nostalgia for baby boom era family ideals that runs through contemporary images of new household media technologies. Containing some of Spigel’s well-known essays on television’s cultural history as well as new essays on a range of topics dealing with popular visual culture, Welcome to the Dreamhouse is important reading for students and scholars of media and communications studies, popular culture, American studies, women’s studies, and sociology.


Double Binds: Existentialist Inspiration and Generic Experimentation in the Early Work of Jack Richardson

Double Binds: Existentialist Inspiration and Generic Experimentation in the Early Work of Jack Richardson


Author : Johan Callens
Publisher : BRILL
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ISBN : 9004483667
Pages : 272 pages
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Writing the Everyday

Writing the Everyday


Author : Danielle Fuller
Publisher : McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
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ISBN : 9780773528062
Pages : 298 pages
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In Writing the Everyday Danielle Fuller analyses writing by Atlantic Canadian women from diverse backgrounds. Drawing extensively on original interviews with writers, editors, and publishers, Fuller investigates how and why communities form around texts that record women's everyday realities, histories, and traditions, showing that prose writing and poetry performances combine oral storytelling, family history, and other aspects of local cultures with popular literary genres to address issues of racism, sexism, and poverty.


Mallarmé and the Poetics of Everyday Life

Mallarmé and the Poetics of Everyday Life


Author : Hélène Stafford
Publisher : BRILL
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ISBN : 9004456015
Pages : 244 pages
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This book is concerned with the relocation of the concept of the ordinary within the works of Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-98). It engages with much of Mallarmé’s oeuvre, concentrating on the textual features which reveal that, even in his most difficult texts, the ordinary as conceptual tool, as textual matter and as contemporary environment is never dismissed, but re-invented and invested with new and lively meaning. The instability of the concept in the texts, its qualities which range from the threatening to the immensely fertile make it a particularly rewarding area of study, against the background of a critical corpus which has in the past seen Mallarmé’s work at best as unconcerned with ordinary life, at worst as irremediably removed from it. Here is presented for the first time a study of a metalanguage which appears surprisingly frequently in the Mallarmé corpus. The complex metaphorisation of the banal in Mallarmé’s oeuvre, as well as the ideological discourse of the journalistic writings in their engagement with contemporary life are analysed and contribute to the demonstration of the existence within the corpus of an idealised ordinary world re-invented by the poet.


Literary Hybrids

Literary Hybrids


Author : Erika E. Hess
Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1135886490
Pages : 206 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (135 users)

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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature

The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature


Author : Edward James
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
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ISBN : 0521429595
Pages : 268 pages
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Examines the history of fantasy literature from its origins during the Enlightenment to the present, discussing its major themes and codes, writing and reading strategies, subgenres, and noteworthy writers.


Shakespeare's Comedy of Love

Shakespeare's Comedy of Love


Author : Alexander Leggatt
Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1136556567
Pages : 288 pages
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First published in 1987. This study removes some of the critical puzzles that Shakespeare's comedies of love have posed in the past. The author shows that what distinguishes the comedies is not their similarity but their variety - the way in which each play is a new combination of essentially similar ingredients, so that, for example, the boy/girl changes in The Merchant of Venice are seen to have a quite different significance from those in As You Like It.


The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors


Author : Robert S. Miola
Publisher : Psychology Press
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ISBN : 9780815319979
Pages : 570 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (319 users)

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First published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.