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Routledge Studies in Speculative Fiction


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Routledge Studies in Speculative Fiction is our home for cutting-edge research and criticism of literatures from imaginative genres. The monographs in this series each take a critical look at literatures from all around the word that fall within the speculative fiction umbrella, including but not limited to, science fiction, fantasy, horror, apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic, utopian/dystopian literatures, and supernatural fiction.

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Reynolds Reimagined Studies in Authorship, Radicalism, and Genre, 1830-1870

Reynolds Reimagined: Studies in Authorship, Radicalism, and Genre, 1830-1870

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Jennifer Conary, Mary L. Shannon
December 30, 2022

This essay collection proposes that G.W.M. Reynolds’s contribution to Victorian print culture reveals the interrelations between authorship, genre, and radicalism in popular print culture of the nineteenth century. As a best-selling author of popular fiction marketed to the lower classes, and a ...

Motherless Creations Fictions of Artificial Life, 1650-1890

Motherless Creations: Fictions of Artificial Life, 1650-1890

1st Edition

By Wendy C. Nielsen
May 31, 2022

This book explains the elimination of maternal characters in American, British, French, and German literature before 1890 by examining motherless creations: Pygmalion’s statue, Frankenstein’s creature, homunculi, automata, androids, golems, and steam men. These beings typify what is now called ...

Lovecraft in the 21st Century Dead, But Still Dreaming

Lovecraft in the 21st Century: Dead, But Still Dreaming

1st Edition

Edited By Antonio Alcala Gonzalez, Carl H. Sederholm
December 31, 2021

Lovecraft in the 21st Century assembles reflections from a wide range of perspectives on the significance of Lovecraft’s influence in contemporary times. Building on a focus centered on the Anthropocene, adaptation, and visual media, the chapters in this collection focus on the following topics: ...

Genre and Reception in the Gothic Parody Framing the Subversive Heroine

Genre and Reception in the Gothic Parody: Framing the Subversive Heroine

1st Edition

By Kerstin-Anja Münderlein
November 30, 2021

This book brings together an analysis of the theoretical connection of genre, reception, and frame theory and a practical demonstration thereof, using a set of parodies of the first wave of the Gothic novel, ranging from well-known titles such as Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, to little known and ...

Human Evolution and Fantastic Victorian Fiction

Human Evolution and Fantastic Victorian Fiction

1st Edition

By Anna Neill
June 25, 2021

Following the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, Victorian anthropology made two apparently contradictory claims: it distinguished "civilized man" from animals and "primitive" humans and it linked them though descent. Paradoxically, it was by placing human history in a deep past ...

Character and the Supernatural in Shakespeare and Achebe

Character and the Supernatural in Shakespeare and Achebe

1st Edition

By Kenneth Usongo
March 10, 2021

Through mainly a New Historicist critical approach, this book explores how Shakespeare and Achebe employ supernatural devices such as prophecies, dreams, gods/goddesses, beliefs, and divinations to create complex characters. Even though these features indicate the preponderance of the belief in the...

The Biopolitics of Gender in Science Fiction Feminism and Female Machines

The Biopolitics of Gender in Science Fiction: Feminism and Female Machines

1st Edition

By Emily Cox-Palmer-White
January 04, 2021

Questioning essentialist forms of feminist discourse, this work develops an innovative approach to gender and feminist theory by drawing together the work of key feminist and gender theorists, such as Judith Butler and Donna Haraway, and the biopolitical philosophy of Giorgio Agamben and Gilles ...

Speculative Satire in Contemporary Literature and Film Rant Against the Regime

Speculative Satire in Contemporary Literature and Film: Rant Against the Regime

1st Edition

By Kirk Combe
December 28, 2020

Since 1980, when neoliberal and neoconservative forces began their hostile takeover of western culture, a new type of political satire has emerged that works to unmask and deter those toxic doctrines. Literary and cultural critic Kirk Combe calls this new form of satire the Rant. The Rant is grim, ...

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