The Greenwood Encyclopedia Of Science Fiction And Fantasy - 9780313329500

Un libro in lingua di Westfahl Gary (EDT) edito da Greenwood Pub Group, 2005

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The 600 entries in this encyclopedia reflect both the far-reaching, unrestrained imaginings of some science fiction and fantasy writers and the constraints of the genres' formulas. The first two volumes consider themes, which are organized alphabetically, and volume three discusses 200 classic works in film, literature and television. "Theme" is broadly defined to include characters (aliens in space, elves, messiahs, mothers, robots and witches); recurring settings (castles, cities, deserts, Heaven, Mars and mountains); types of narrative patterns (betrayal, Bildungsroman, quests, space travel, time travel and underwater adventures); fields of study (anthropology, biology, cosmology, feminism, politics and psychology); and abstract concepts (courage, evil, love, optimism and pessimism, progress and wisdom). Other entries cover themes addressed by subgenres, such as alternate histories and fairy tales. Each entry concerning a theme contains an overview, a survey of works that involve the theme, and a discussion providing thoughts or conclusions about the theme. Each classic work entry has a summary of the work and a discussion about the way the work incorporates various themes. Every entry is cross-referenced and includes at least eight critical resources. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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