The Influence of Imagination: Essays on Science Fiction and Fantasy as Agents of Social Change
Lee Easton, Randy Schroeder
McFarland & Company, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 228 pages
This collection of essays examines the potential connections between speculative fiction and actual social change. Through a variety of approaches, the contributors explore whether consumers of science fiction and fantasy narratives can experience a real shift in their worldviews as a result of that consumption. Topics include the utopian vision of California in Ursula K. LeGuin's Always Coming Home, the changing role of women in science fiction pulp magazines, and the representation of progress and social change in popular graphic novels.
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