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The Resource Alien theory : the alien as archetype in the science fiction short story, Patricia Monk

Alien theory : the alien as archetype in the science fiction short story, Patricia Monk

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Alien theory : the alien as archetype in the science fiction short story
Title
Alien theory
Title remainder
the alien as archetype in the science fiction short story
Statement of responsibility
Patricia Monk
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "From the early days of pulp magazines to contemporary works of science fiction, the subject of the alien has been a fertile and enduring--if not also the most vital--element of the genre. In Alien Theory, author Patricia Monk asserts that the creation of the alien in short fiction contributes substantially to humanity's understanding of its present status and future potential in the universe. By employing a Jungian and archetypal approach to these stories, Monk attempts to direct the attention of readers to the significance of the vast body of imaginative fiction about the alien, arguing that studying the alien will reveal why this archetype is necessary in the development of humanity's understanding of its own intrinsic nature as a sapient being. When a science fiction writer writes about aliens, Monk asserts, he or she is saying something that can--and should--be taken seriously by readers. Furthermore, it is being expressed in a particular story-telling mode that deserves to be treated with respect. By discussing the creation of the form of the science-fictional alien, its psyche and the context in which aliens and humans interact, Monk brings into focus a topic that has not been given the rightful discussion it deserves. In addition to examining the alien in the science fiction short story, novella, and novelette, Monk evaluates its role in pre-postmodernist and postmodernist criticism and theory. The author also draws on relevant writings by editors, writers, and fans--including editorial letter columns and reviews--to place the stories in the context of science fiction. By drawing on all of these sources, Alien Theory brings into focus a topic that will be of interest not only to academics and students, but also to the general reader."--Publisher's website
  • "In addition to examining the alien in the science fiction short story, novella, and novelette, Monk evaluates its role in pre-postmodernist and postmodernist criticism and theory. She also uses relevant writings by editors, writers, and fans - including editorial letter columns and reviews - and places them in the context of science fiction. By drawing on these sources, Alien Theory presents a subject that will be of interest to academics and students as well as general readers."--Jacket
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DLC
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1938-
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Monk, Patricia
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Science fiction, American
  • Extraterrestrial beings in literature
  • American fiction
  • Science fiction, English
  • Human-alien encounters in literature
  • Life on other planets in literature
  • Monsters in literature
  • Archetype (Psychology) in literature
  • American fiction
  • Archetype (Psychology) in literature
  • Extraterrestrial beings in literature
  • Human-alien encounters in literature
  • Life on other planets in literature
  • Monsters in literature
  • Science fiction, American
  • Science fiction, English
Label
Alien theory : the alien as archetype in the science fiction short story, Patricia Monk
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-367) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Conceiving the alien -- Writing the alien -- Reading the alien
Control code
63125846
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxxv, 387 pages
Isbn
9780810857469
Lccn
2006001420
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780810857469
System control number
(OCoLC)63125846
Label
Alien theory : the alien as archetype in the science fiction short story, Patricia Monk
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-367) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Conceiving the alien -- Writing the alien -- Reading the alien
Control code
63125846
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxxv, 387 pages
Isbn
9780810857469
Lccn
2006001420
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780810857469
System control number
(OCoLC)63125846

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