LINGUIST List 23.2947

Thu Jul 05 2012

Books: The Language in Science Fiction and Fantasy: Mandala

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Date: 04-Jul-2012
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Subject: The Language in Science Fiction and Fantasy: Mandala
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Title: The Language in Science Fiction and Fantasy Subtitle: The Question of Style Published: 2012 Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd

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Author: Susan Mandala Paperback: ISBN: 1441145486 9781441145482 Pages: 192 Price: U.K. £ 24.99

Please note: This is a new edition of a previously announced text.

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

Mandala draws on traditional syntactic categories of stylistic analysis as wellas the relatively more recent pragmatic and sociolinguistic paradigms suchthat the original analyses here take our understanding of these two genresbeyond the usual confines, to consider how language is used to drawalternative words, represent the far future and distant past, and createpsychologically believable characters.

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

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

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis                             Ling & Literature                             Pragmatics                             Stylistics                             Syntax
Written In: English (eng)

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