Styles of Creation

Aesthetic Technique and the Creation of Fictional Worlds

Title Details

Pages: 280

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 01/01/1993

ISBN: 9-780-8203-1455-6

List Price: $46.95

Styles of Creation

Aesthetic Technique and the Creation of Fictional Worlds

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The impetus behind this collection of original essays is the tension between the aesthetic emphasis on stylistics in science fiction and fantasy writing and the critical limitations imposed by prevailing literary theory. From a variety of perspectives, the contributors show how a new, or expanded, set of methods and models can enrich critical exchange within the genre and between it and other types of fiction.

The focus of the book is not entirely on critical restraints but also on the genre's robustly subversive, creative driveā€”its unwillingness or inability to pause for critical validation. The essays examine the proliferation of stylistic acts and experiments in science fiction and fantasy writing as assess the genre's revolutionary qualities: its reordering of narrative priorities, inversion of consecrated categories, and elevation of "minor" devices.

About the Author/Editor

George Slusser (Editor)
GEORGE SLUSSER is a professor comparative literature and director of the Eaton Program for Science Fiction and Fantasy Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author or editor of nineteen books, including Styles of Creation (Georgia).

Eric S. Rabkin (Editor)
ERIC S. RABKIN is a professor of English and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan. He has written or edited twenty books, including The Fantastic in Literature and Teaching Writing That Works.