The Cross, the Plow and the Skyline: Contemporary Science Fiction and the Ecological Imagination

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Universal-Publishers, 2001 - 319 strani
The apocalyptic, pastoral, and urban traditions have fundamentally shaped Western history and influenced American religion, culture, and politics. This book argues that these traditions have not only been decisive in giving form and substance to classic and modern American literature, but have been appropriated by contemporary science fiction. As a loosely connected set of cultural narratives, the Cross, the Plow, and the Skyline have through the medium of science fiction provided a bold vista on the future grounded in an emergent ecological imagination. This challenging vision, the author claims, may yet settle into the New Millennium's cultural consciousness and inform an ecological politics dedicated to confronting the nation's and the world's social and environmental problems.
 

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Acknowledgments
1
Visions of the Apocalypse Religion Politics
21
Critical Political Theory and Apocalyptic Science
43
The Machine in the Garden Revisited American
77
Critical Hermeneutics and Pastoral Science Fiction
97
The Telos of the City in Social Science and History
123
Images of the City in Contemporary Science Fiction
143
Findesiecle Pastoralism and American Populism
167
Literary Responses to the Crisis of the 1890s
187
The Gaia Hypothesis and its Shadow Earth as Gaia
225
The Darkness of Gaia Encountering the Shadow
247
Conclusion
289
Index
307
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Stran 7 - A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.
Stran 10 - The circle can also be put in terms of part-whole relations: we are trying to establish a reading for the whole text, and for this we appeal to readings of its partial expressions; and yet because we are dealing with meaning, with making sense, where expressions only make sense or not in relation to others, the readings of partial expressions depend on those of others, and ultimately of the whole.
Stran 2 - Genres are essentially literary institutions, or social contracts between a writer and a specific public, whose function is to specify the proper use of a particular cultural artifact.
Stran 5 - SF is, then, a literary genre whose necessary and sufficient conditions are the presence and interaction of estrangement and cognition, and whose main formal device is an imaginative framework alternative to the author's empirical environment.

O avtorju (2001)

ERNEST J. YANARELLA is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kentucky.

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