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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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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.
Vatroslav Herceg
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Profil
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
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Pedro
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
boocia
(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
Andrea
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.
Kelley
Nov 30, 2011 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
mimosa maoist
A bit stageist about the ideology of SF, maybe even "hard SF chauvinist," but it's compellingly written.
Kate
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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Asita
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would be an interesting read if you've read the works mentioned.
Nicholas Bobbitt
Oct 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
I really don't care for academic analyses of SF. They rarely if ever understand how to study it from readers' perspectives.
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science fiction theory - novum
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