Science Fiction, Children's Literature, and Popular Culture: Coming of Age in Fantasyland (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 157 pages
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In a constantly changing world, individuals are forever growing to meet the challenges and developments that emerge around them. In contemporary society, technology is at the heart of change. Literature, too, reflects the evolution of culture and increasingly represents and considers technology. And as children become young adults, their reading helps shape their understanding of the world. This book examines representative works of science fiction, children's literature, and popular culture to show how these works reflect the process of growing up in a technological world.

The volume looks at the simple picture books and comic books that appeal to small children; the formulaic adventures that fascinate older children; the films and television programs that are watched by children and young adolescents; the music videos and programming that appeal to young adults; and the popular novels that interest older readers. Included are discussions of Superman, the Hardy Boys, "Star Trek, " science fiction films, and music videos. The book points to similarities among popular culture, science fiction, and children's literature and demonstrates the relevance of these works to contemporary society.

  

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Contents

How Charlie Made Children Hate Him Fantasy and Reality in Stories for Small Children
1
The Three Lives of Superman And Everybody Else
13
Mystery of the Amateur Detectives The Early Days of the Hardy Boys
19
Giving Horatio Alger Goosebumps Or From Hardy Boys to Hapless Boys The Changing Ethos of Juvenile Series Fiction
37
From the Back of the Head to Beyond the Moon The Novel and Film This Island Earth
49
Opposing War Exploiting War The Troubled Pacifism of Star Trek
69
Even Better than the Real Thing Advertising Music Videos Postmodernism and Eventually Science Fiction
79
Legends of the Fall Going Not Particularly Far Behind the Music
93
Hollywood Strikes a Pose Seven Tales of Triumph Treachery and Travail in Old Tinseltown
107
In Defense of Stone Tablets Isaac Asimov Explains Why Science Fiction Is Skeptical about New Information Technologies
121
Partial Derivatives Popular Misinterpretations of H G Wellss The Time Machine
129
Bibliography
143
Index
149
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GARY WESTFAHL teaches at the University of California, Riverside. In addition to writing a column for the science fiction magazine Interzone, he is the author or coeditor of several books on science fiction and fantasy, including Cosmic Engineers: A Study of Hard Science Fiction (1996), and Space and Beyond: The Frontier Theme in Science Fiction (2000), both available from Greenwood Press.

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