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The Culture Series of Iain M. Banks

Author: Simone Caroti
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2018-07-26
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1476620407
Rating: 4.6/5 (24 downloads)

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This critical history of Iain M. Banks’ Culture novels covers the series from its inception in the 1970s to the The Hydrogen Sonata (2012), published less than a year before Banks’ death. It considers Banks’ origins as a writer, the development of his politics and ethics, his struggles to become a published author, his eventual success with The Wasp Factory (1984) and the publication of the first Culture novel, Consider Phlebas (1987). His 1994 essay “A Few Notes on the Culture” is included, along with a range of critical responses to the 10 Culture books he published in his lifetime and a discussion of the series’ status as utopian literature. Banks was a complex man, both in his everyday life and on the page. This work aims at understanding the Culture series not only as a fundamental contribution to science fiction but also as a product of its creator’s responses to the turbulent times he lived in.

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Nonbinary Gender Identities

Author: Charlie McNabb
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 305
Release: 2017-12-08
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 1442275529
Rating: 4.2/5 (755 downloads)

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Nonbinary gender identities are those that fall outside the traditional binary of “man” and “woman.” These include genderfluid, androgynous, genderqueer, and a multitude of other identity terms, some of which overlap. Although there have always been people who identify outside the gender binary, only recently have they gained popular media attention. Despite some visibility, however, nonbinary gender identities are poorly understood by the general public. It is critically important for gender minorities to find themselves in the media that they consume. Just as important is the need for those outside the minority community to understand and appreciate them. Nonbinary gender identities are represented in books and other media, but these resources prove difficult to locate, as classification vocabulary doesn’t evolve as quickly as community language. Reference sources identified include archives and special collections, theses and dissertations, key journals, and related organizations and associations. This timely resource—the first reference on nonbinary gender identities—offers an accessible entry into researching this topic. Written by a nonbinary scholar and librarian, this guide includes valuable appendixes that will aid every researcher and writer: a glossary of the rich vocabulary emerging from nonbinary communities; a guide to pronoun usage; a primer on sex, sexuality, and gender; and Library of Congress Classification information.

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The Culture of 'the Culture'

Author: Joseph S. Norman
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2021-01-05
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1789621747
Rating: 4.6/5 (217 downloads)

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In a career that spanned over thirty years, Iain M. Banks became one of the best-loved and most prolific writers in Britain, with his space opera series concerned with the pan-galactic utopian civilisation known as 'the Culture' widely regarded as his most significant contribution to science fiction. The Culture of 'The Culture' is the first critical monograph to focus solely on this series, providing a comprehensive, thematic analysis of Banks's Culture stories from Consider Phlebas to The Hydrogen Sonata. It explores the development of Banks's political, philosophical and literary thought, arguing that the Culture offers both an image of a harmonious civilisation modelled on an alternative socialist form of globalisation and a critique of our neo-liberal present. As Joseph S. Norman explains, the Culture is the result of an ongoing utopian process, attempting through the application of technoscience to move beyond obstacles to progress such as imperialism, capitalism, the human condition, religious dogma, patriarchy and crises in artistic representation. The Culture of 'The Culture' defines Banks's creation as culture: a utopian way of doing, of being, of seeing: an approach, an attitude and a lifestyle that has enabled, and is evolving alongside, utopia, rather than an image of a static end-state.

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Aliens in Popular Culture

Author: Michael M. Levy
Publsiher: ABC-CLIO
Total Pages: 330
Release: 2019-03-31
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 144083833X
Rating: 4.8/5 (383 downloads)

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An indispensable resource, this book provides wide coverage on aliens in fiction and popular culture. • Provides cultural context in introductory essays on some of the key themes and contexts of alien representation • Covers a broad scope, with more than 130 entries on different topics, and is written by nearly 90 researchers with diverse expertise • Shows readers the varied ways that imagined aliens have become a part of popular culture • Presents both familiar topics and more obscure topics in popular culture to provide new scholarship

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Science Fiction, New Space Opera, and Neoliberal Globalism

Author: Jerome Winter
Publsiher: University of Wales Press
Total Pages: 236
Release: 2016-11-15
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1783169451
Rating: 4.1/5 (694 downloads)

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One of the few points critics and readers can agree upon when discussing the fiction popularly known as New Space Opera – a recent subgenre movement of science fiction – is its canny engagement with contemporary cultural politics in the age of globalisation. This book avers that the complex political allegories of New Space Opera respond to the recent cultural phenomenon known as neoliberalism, which entails the championing of the deregulation and privatisation of social services and programmes in the service of global free-market expansion. Providing close readings of the evolving New Space Opera canon and cultural histories and theoretical contexts of neoliberalism as a regnant ideology of our times, this book conceptualises a means to appreciate this thriving movement of popular literature.

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Locating Science Fiction

Author: Andrew Milner
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 257
Release: 2012
Genre: Art
ISBN: 1846318424
Rating: 4.3/5 (184 downloads)

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In Locating Science Fiction, Andrew Milner looks at science fiction within the context of a host of other genres—including fantasy, romance, and the thriller—and explores the historical and geographic contexts of science fiction's emergence and development. Bringing in Raymond Williams's cultural materialism, Pierre Bourdieu's sociology of culture, and Franco Moretti's application of world systems to literary studies, he offers a persuasive, synthetic, and ultimately new mode of science fiction analysis that will become essential reading.

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Iain M. Banks

Author: Paul Kincaid
Publsiher: University of Illinois Press
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2017-05-12
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0252099567
Rating: 4.0/5 (995 downloads)

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The 1987 publication of Iain M. Banks's Consider Phlebas helped trigger the British renaissance of radical hard science fiction and influenced a generation of New Space Opera masters. The thirteen SF novels that followed inspired an avid fandom and intense intellectual engagement while Banks's mainstream books vaulted him to the top of the Scottish literary scene. Paul Kincaid has written the first study of Iain M. Banks to explore the confluence of his SF and literary techniques and sensibilities. As Kincaid shows, the two powerful aspects of Banks's work flowed into each other, blurring a line that critics too often treat as clear-cut. Banks's gift for black humor and a honed skepticism regarding politics and religion found expression even as he orchestrated the vast, galaxy-spanning vistas in his novels of the Culture. In examining Banks's entire SF oeuvre, Kincaid unlocks the set of ideas Banks drew upon, ideas that spoke to an unusually varied readership that praised him as a visionary and reveled in the distinctive character of his works. Entertaining and broad in scope, Iain M. Banks offers new insights on one of the most admired figures in contemporary science fiction.

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To Boldly Go

Author: Nadine Farghaly
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 267
Release: 2017-06-08
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 1476668531
Rating: 4.6/5 (685 downloads)

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In 2016, Star Trek--arguably the most popular science fiction franchise of all time--turned 50. During that time the original series and its various offshoots have created some of the genre's most iconic characters and reiterated a vision of an egalitarian future where humans no longer discriminate against race, gender or sexuality. This collection of new essays provides a timely study of how well Star Trek has lived up to its own ideals of inclusivity and equality, and how well prepared it is to boldly go with everyone into the next half century.

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Historical Dictionary of Utopianism

Author: Toby Widdicombe
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 612
Release: 2017-06-21
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 153810217X
Rating: 4.1/5 (21 downloads)

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This second edition of Historical Dictionary of Utopianism contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1000 cross-referenced entries on broad conceptual entries; narrower entries about specific works; and narrower entries about specific intentional communities or movements.

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Author: Michel-Antoine Xhignesse
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 313
Release: 2023-02-28
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN: 1000837505
Rating: 4.8/5 (375 downloads)

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Aesthetics: 50 Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Thought Experiments is a teaching-focused resource, which highlights the contributions that imaginative scenarios—paradoxes, puzzles, and thought experiments alike—have made to the development of contemporary analytic aesthetics. The book is divided into sections pertaining to art-making, ontology, aesthetic judgements, appreciation and interpretation, and ethics and value, and offers an accessible summary of ten debates falling under each section. Each entry also features a detailed annotated bibliography, making it an ideal companion for courses surveying a broad collection of topics and readings in aesthetics. Key Features: Uses a problem-centered approach to aesthetics (rather than author- or theory-centered) making the text more inviting to first-time students of the subject Offers stand-alone chapters, allowing students to quickly understand an issue and giving instructors flexibility in assigning readings to match the themes of the course Provides up-to-date, annotated bibliographies at the end of each entry, amounting to an extensive review of the literature on contemporary analytic aesthetics

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Cultural Revolution Manuscripts

Author: Lena Henningsen
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2021-10-06
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 3030733831
Rating: 4.7/5 (338 downloads)

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This book investigates handwritten entertainment fiction (shouchaoben wenxue) which circulated clandestinely during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Lena Henningsen’s analyses of exemplary stories and their variation across different manuscript copies brings to light the creativity of these readers-turned-copyists. Through copying, readers modified the stories and became secondary authors who reflected on the realities of the Cultural Revolution. Through an enquiry into actual reading practices as mapped in autobiographical accounts and into intertextual references within the stories, the book also positions manuscript fiction within the larger reading cosmos of the long 1970s. Henningsen analyzes the production, circulation and consumption of these texts, considering continuities across the alleged divide of the end of the Mao-era and the beginning of the reform period. The book further reveals how these texts achieved fruitful afterlives as re-published bestsellers or as adaptations into comic books or movies, continuing to shape the minds of their audience and the imaginations of the past. Chapter 5 is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via

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Arts & Humanities Citation Index

Total Pages:
Release: 1998
Genre: Arts
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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The New Encyclopaedia Britannica: Micropaedia (10 v.)

Total Pages: 1068
Release: 1983
Genre: Encyclopedias and dictionaries
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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Culture and Life

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Release: 1972
Genre: Soviet Union
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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Dissertation Abstracts International

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Release: 1970
Genre: Dissertations, Academic
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The New Encyclopædia Britannica: -[32] Index

Total Pages: 1058
Release: 1991
Genre: Encyclopedias and dictionaries
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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