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

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Metamorphoses of Science Fiction is the origin point for decades of literary and theoretical criticism of science fiction and related genres. Darko Suvin's paradigm-setting definition of SF as "the literature of cognitive estrangement" established a robust theory of the genre that continues to spark fierce debate, as well as inspiring myriad intellectual descendants and di ...more
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Published January 1st 1979 by Yale University Press
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Simona B
Nov 23, 2020 marked it as reference-books
It would be hard to overestimate the influence that this book has had on SF criticism. It contains the pioneering formulations of the novum and of the notion of cognitive estrangement, which, for all the revisions and objections that they have received, remain two of the most useful additions to the SF critic's toolbox. Certainly an essential read for whoever wishes to dip their toes in the magical world of SF as it is discussed in academia. ...more
Pablo Mallorquí
Oct 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clásico entre los clásicos de los estudios literarios sobre la ciencia ficción. Me ha sorprendido por lo amena que es su lectura y la facilidad con la que se sigue el hilo argumentativo de Suvin. La verdad, me esperaba mayor opacidad académica. El libro tiene dos partes, en la primera el autor crea su marco teórico para el análisis y sistematización del género: el extrañamiento cognitivo que tienen en común todas las obras en contraposición al naturalismo de la literatura mimética. Y por otro la ...more
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Truly brilliant. Famous within the field for its concept of cognitive estrangement and novum, this is a highly intelligent and beautifully written piece of work. Metamorphoses of Science Fiction easily cements Suvin's place in the tradition of science fiction critique, building upon Eliot, Lukacs, Auerbach, Bloch, and Brecht and inspiring Jameson and Moylan. I might hope to join them! ...more
Oct 02, 2012 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
Krakatau Saavedra
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Zagreb, 2010.
Kul knjiga.
Suvin je jezično jako razigran. Stil mu je živahan, agilan i kreativan. Dosta je razumljiv, piše poput Žižeka ili, recimo, Fukuyame, očigledno je da mu je SF njegova simpatija. ;)
Ova knjiga je napisana izvorno na engleskom jeziku. Hrvatski prijevod ima par grešaka, vjerojatno tipfelera, kao na primjer sljedeće; "sa iskustvima". Njeni dobrže.
I znam da se po pravopisu, našem, prvi apostrof treba pisati dolje, no meni je to prejeftino. Moji kratkosvrti na ovoj društve
(spoilers about Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)) this book was supremely helpful in building a framework for thinking about SF, much in the way being thrown blindfolded into a body of water and figuring out if it is a pond or a pool via context clues is helpful in building a framework for thinking about bodies of water. i have no idea what i just drank, but it's certainly having some sort of effect on m'brain. suvin doesn't contextualize the works he references and analyzes, so if you have ...more
Skrivena stranica
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, non-fiction
Korisno, svakako pročitajte ako se bavite temom znanstvene fantastike i fantastičnog.
Matteo Celeste
Jan 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saggistica
Forse primo saggio di critica letteraria della fantascienza non intesa come "sotto-letteratura". Ho trovato molto interessante la definizione che Darko Suvin dà relativamente alla "fantascienza". Essa è intesa come «letteratura dello straniamento cognitivo», legata, cioè, a un «novum» che produce, appunto, quello "straniamento" in quanto rappresenta, in toto o in parte, una realtà (un dispositivo, un alieno, un mondo, etc.), storicamente collocabile, immaginata dall'autore e diversa da quella "e ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Izvrstan pregled povijesti SF-a i perspektiva žanra koja mi je poprilično bliska. Jedino je povremeno teško prohodna kad se radi o manje poznatim djelima.
mimosa maoist
A bit stageist about the ideology of SF, maybe even "hard SF chauvinist," but it's compellingly written. ...more
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i really enjoyed this book. i put off reading it for a while because i worried about it being too "dense" or whatever, but i found suvin's writing style extremely clear, readable, and interesting, and this book was really enjoyable to read because of that.

the first four chapters are an overview of suvin's argument for a definition of science fiction (SF) as "a literary genre whose necessary and sufficient conditions are the presence and interaction of estrangement and cognition, and whose main
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Shelves: film-criticism
Thought-provoking and informative.
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science fiction theory - novum
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