The Language in Science Fiction and Fantasy: The Question of Style

The Language in Science Fiction and Fantasy: The Question of Style

by Susan Mandala


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The language of science fiction, and of fantasy, has a steep challenge: that of the creation of other worlds, societies and characters that are alien to us in diverse and fundamental ways, but still compelling and knowable. This exciting book steps away from the issues of race, gender and politics that have saturated sci-fi and fantasy criticism. Rather, it challenges two widely held but poorly substantiated beliefs circulating about science fiction and fantasy - that they are a) written in plain and unremarkable prose and b) apt to present characters that are flat types rather than fully realised individuals.

Mandala draws on traditional syntactic categories of stylistic analysis as well as the relatively more recent pragmatic and sociolinguistic paradigmssuch thatthe original analyses here take our understanding of these two genres beyond the usualconfines,to consider how language is used to draw alternative words, represent the far future and distant past, and create psychologically believable characters.

Covering both British and American fiction and television, this is a wide-ranging and perceptive book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441145482
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 08/02/2012
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Susan Mandala is Senior Lecturer in Language and Linguistics at the University of Sunderland.

Table of Contents

1. Science Fiction and Fantasy: Language, Style, and the Critics \ 2. Language Contact in Alternative World Texts: Experimental Future Englishes \ 3. Representing the Past \ 4. Extraordinary Worlds in Plain Language \ 5. Style and Character \ 6. Style in Alternative World Texts: Conclusion \ Notes \ Primary Sources \ References \ Index

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