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Metamorphoses of Science Fiction: On the Poetics and History of a Literary Genre

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Paperback, 317 pages
Published January 1st 1979 by Yale University Press
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Kelley Ross
Dec 03, 2011 Kelley Ross rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, misc, sci-fi
First off, if you enjoyed Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, you'll probably like this book too. Suvin begins the critique by separating Science Fiction from other genres, especially myth. He then proceeds to outline how SF literature has evolved from Utopia settings, to including journeys, to focusing on more social issues. This is a very interesting read for anyone well-versed in sci-fi, although I would recommend having some experience with both SF classics and modern lit before d ...more
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May 01, 2013 Pedro rated it it was amazing
If you ever want to understand science fiction or swim in the sea of literary criticism regarding this genre I'd say this is the starting point. It is no wonder authors such as Fredric Jameson have said that the field of science fiction studies is divided in pre and post-Suvin. His idea of cognitive estrangement helps us understand the difference between its "cousins" (such as fantasy fiction and utopian fiction) and the validity of the genre as a cultural form dedicated to deal with the modern ...more
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Apr 16, 2008 Julia rated it liked it
I read some selections from this book, which offered an insightful critical take on the genre of science fiction, what its identifying principles are and how they function in a given work and in the genre as a whole. Very interesting ideas.
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