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Metamorphoses of Science Fiction

On the Poetics and History of a Literary Genre


Darko Suvin

Edited By Gerry Canavan

Returning to print for the first time since the 1980s, 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 disciples. Suvin’s centuries-spanning history of the genre links SF to a long tradition of utopian and satirical literatures crying out for a better world than this one, showing how SF and the imagination of utopia are now forever intertwined. In addition to the 1979 text of the book, this edition contains three additional essays from Suvin that update, expand and reconsider the terms of his original intervention, as well as a new introduction and preface that situate the book in the context of the decades of SF studies that have followed in its wake.


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Attebery, Brian* 418–420* Attila 283 Augustine of Hippo 34, 112 Babeuf, François Noël “Gracchus” 138–139, 284 Bachelard, Gaston* 410* Bacon, Francis 7, 36, 51, 56n, 59, 81, 115, 119–122, 123, 128–129, 135, 149, 217, 220, 287, 417* Baird, Theodore 250n Bakhmetyev, Vladimir M. 279 Bakhtin, Mikhail 68n, 71n, 96n, 345*, 364*, 437* Ball, John 113 Ballard, J.G. xxi*, 1, 84, 268–269, 344* Balzac, Honoré de 85, 109, 183, 359*, 368*, 384n* Banerjee, S.B.* xliv* Barker, Clive* 390* Barlow, Joel 160 Barnum, P.T. 220 Barthes, Roland 31, 57 and n, 50–51n, 64–66, 69n, 76n, 169 Baudelaire, Charles 190, 372*, 436* Beardsley, Monroe* 347–348*, 353* and n, 355* Beaumarchais, Pierre Caron de 133 Beckett, Samuel* xlvi*, 90n* Bell, Alexander Graham 218 Only proper names of non-imaginary persons have been retained; also excluded are some names mentioned only in passing, in prefatory material, or in the bibliographies; names in titles of literary works; and names of editors of works by other authors. Entries new to the 2016 edition have been designated with asterisks. 454 Index Borges, J.L. 43, 74, 82n, 245, 384*, 397* Bosch, Hieronymus* 437* Bougainville, Louis Antoine de 74, 133 Bould, Mark* xii-xiv*, xxlii n* Bova, Ben* 431* Bradbury, Ray xxv*, 85, 162 Bradley, Marion Zimmer* 412*, 417* Bradshaw, William R. 187 Braine, Robert D. 226 Bray, John Francis 159 Brecht, Bertolt xviii*, xxxvii*, xxxix*, xli n*, xlii*, xlvii*, 8, 18–19 and n, 31, 68n, 88, 91, 97n, 99n, 193,...

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