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Medieval Science Fiction (Hardcover)

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This volume brings two areas of study that have traditionally been kept apart into explosive contact. For the first time, it draws the historical literatures and cultures of the Middle Ages into the orbit of modern science fiction, aligning the cosmologies, technologies and wonders of the past with visions of the future. The essays it contains consider where, how and why "science" and "fiction" interact in medieval literature; they explore the ways in which works of modern science fiction illuminate medieval counterparts; and they also identify the presence and absence of the medieval past in science-fiction history and criticism. From the science and fictions of Beowulf to the medieval and post-medieval appearances of the Green Children of Woolpit; from time travel in the legend of the Seven Sleepers to the medievalism of Star Trek; from manmade marvels in medieval manuscripts to the blurring of medieval magic and futuristic technology in tales of the dying earth, the chapters repeatedly rethink the simplistic divides that have been set up between modern and pre-modern texts. They uncover striking resonances across time and space while also revealing how arguably the two most popular genres of today, science fiction and fantasy, have been constructed around conceptions, and misconceptions, of the Middle Ages. Contributors: Daniel Anlezark, Mary Baine Campbell, Guy Consolmagno, Denis Ferhatovic, Michel F. Flynn, Alison Harthill, Patricia Clare Ingham, Minsoo Kang, R.M. Liuzza, Jeff Massey, James Paz, Andy Sawyer, Andrew Scheil
Number of Pages: 304
Genre: Literary Collections
Series Title: Kings College London Medieval Studies
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Inc
Language: English
Street Date: June 16, 2016
TCIN: 51136216
UPC: 9780953983889
Item Number (DPCI): 248-16-2225
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