The animal fable in science fiction and fantasy / Bruce Shaw ; foreword by Van Ikin

Author(s): Shaw, Bruce, 1941-
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Subjects: Science fiction--History and criticism
Fantasy fiction--History and criticism
Animals in literature
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Published: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., Publishers, c2010
Series: Critical explorations in science fiction and fantasy 20
Critical explorations in science fiction and fantasy 20
LC Classification: P, PN
Physical Description: vii, 260 p. ; 23 cm
Notes: LCCN: 2010008713
ISBN: 9780786447831 (softcover : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0786447834 (softcover : alk. paper)
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: Introduction: why choose animals? -- The beast fable -- Philosophies of laughter -- The lineage of the animal fable -- Recasting the animal fable : short stories -- Recasting the animal fable : novels and novellas -- Author biographies: private experience and societal fears -- Satire and the carnivalesque 1: The heart of a dog -- Satire and the carnivalesque 2: War with the newts -- Companionate and erotic love 1: Sirius -- Companionate and erotic love: 2: Wish -- "It had been such a nice rabbit!" : City -- Crafted tales: "The dead lady of clown town" -- Good for reading
Summary: "This work argues for animals essential roles as sources of amusement and instruction, as well as being profoundly unsettling. Authors as diverse as Tolkien, Freud, Voltaire, Bakhtin, Cordwainer Smith, Karel Capek, Vladimir Propp, and many more are discussed in relation to their work in the realm of the animal fable"--Provided by publisher
OCLC Number: 475664288
ISBN/ISSN: 9780786447831
0786447834