Complete Critical Assembly: The Collected White Dwarf (And Gm, and Gmi) Sf Review Columns

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Wildside Press LLC, Oct 1, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 340 pages
This new collection of essays, commissioned from a range of scholars across the world, takes as its theme the reception of Rome's greatest poet in a time of profound cultural change. Amid the rise of Christianity, the changing status of the city of Rome, and the emergence of new governing classes, Vergil remained a bedrock of Roman education and identity. This volume considers the different ways in which Vergil was read, understood and appropriated; by poets, commentators, Church fathers, orators and historians. The introduction outlines the cultural and historical contexts. Twelve chapters dedicated to individual writers or genres, and the contributors make use of a wide range of approaches from contemporary reception theory. An epilogue concludes the volume.
 

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Contents

Close to Critical
9
In the Beginning
11
Covenant Revisited
14
The SF Awards
17
Hugos and Horrors
20
Zapping Uri Geller
23
Wolfe at the Door
26
Downbelow Expectations
29
Holiday Reading
173
Nasty Futures
176
Sucking Them In
179
Dreamlands
182
Overload
185
Something Different
188
Forbidden Fruit
191
Ghost Stories
194

From Gentle to Gorey
32
After the Battle
35
Spock in Manacles
38
Seasonal Spirit
41
The Golden Years Return
44
Awful Secrets
47
Machines and Magic
50
Bonfire of Dragons
53
Brain Death
56
Solitaire Games
60
From the Sickbed
63
The Hard Line
66
Into the Jungle
69
SF Stars
73
Luxury Goods
76
After 1984
79
Sequels Anonymous
82
The Dead Time
85
No More Niceness?
88
Spring Fever
91
The Fantasy Explosion
94
Aldiss at Sunset
97
Bicuspid of Doom
100
Into the Abyss
103
Son of Reprints
106
Blockbusted
109
Bah Humbug
112
The Great Hardback Famine
115
Newts That Never Were
118
Publishers Lore
121
O America
124
Starting Points
127
A Dollop of Evil
130
Reviewquest
133
To Be Continued
136
The Door Deliquesced
139
The Book Mountain
142
Zero Summer
145
Fifth Foundation
148
Good Stuff
151
Demand the Impossible
154
Bad Dreams
157
Jubilee Month
160
A Critical Alphabet
163
Show Tell
167
Out of the Closet
170
Back to Work
197
100000 Millidwarves
200
TwiceTold Tales
206
Another Mixed Bag
209
On The Beach
212
Enthusiams
215
The Entropy Circuit
218
From A to Zombie
221
Now Read On
224
Conventional Aberrations
227
The Omnipresent Pratchett
230
Gut Loathing
233
Loaded Dialogues
236
Megalomania
239
Clarke Award Guilt
242
Secrets of Publicity
245
More and More Clarke
248
Bladder of Doom
251
Diabolus Ex Machina
254
The Critics Mafia
257
The Greasy Stockpot
260
PageTurners vs Slow Reads
263
Various Magics
266
While Im Away
269
Cults Oddments
272
Me Whitley My UFO
275
Jug Jug Jug Jug Jug Jug
279
Words Words Fail Fail Me Me
282
Seven Languages at Once
285
Successful Sequels?
288
Horror and Ultimate Evil
291
Memory Aids
294
Fixups
297
Dream Parks
300
Overdose?
303
In Search of Anthonys Brain
306
The Foot is a Gland
309
Endless Bloody Universes
312
Great British Hopes
315
Party Time
318
The Unpublished Column
321
Afterword
324
Acknowledgements
325
MicroGlossary
326
Index
327
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