Postmodern Science Fiction and Temporal Imagination (BOK)

Elana Gomel

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Through the lens of science fiction, this book investigates representations of time in postmodernism. Are we living in a post-temporal age? Has history come to an end? This book argues against the widespread perception of postmodern narrativity as atemporal and a historical, claiming that postmodernity is characterized by an explosion of heterogeneous narrative 'timeshapes' or chronotopes. Chronological linearity is being challenged by quantum physics that implies temporal simultaneity; by evolutionary theory that charts multiple time-lines; and by religious and political millenarianism that espouses an apocalyptic finitude of both time and space. While science, religion, and politics have generated new narrative forms of apprehending temporality, literary incarnations can be found in the worlds of science fiction. By engaging classic science-fictional conventions, such as time travel, alternative history, and the end of the world, and by situating these conventions in their cultural context, this book offers a new and fresh perspective on the narratology and cultural significance of time.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2010 Forfatter Elana Gomel
ISBN 9781441123954
Antall sider 190 Dimensjoner 23,4cm x 15,6cm x 1,2cm
Vekt 446 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers, Literary studies: from c 1900 -