Subterranean Worlds: A Critical Anthology

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Peter Fitting
Wesleyan University Press, 15 дек. 2004 г. - Всего страниц: 224
The bizarre idea that the earth’s interior is hollow and, perhaps, even populated has been put to effective literary use by writers ranging from Edgar Allen Poe and Jules Verne to Rudy Rucker and Edgar Rice Burroughs. This notion had respectability as a scientific hypothesis until the early 1800s, and the theory that the earth “is hollow and inhabitable within” continues to find believers as an alternative description of the earth to this day.

The hollow earth is one of the most important settings in the literature of the imagination that fed into early science fiction. Subterranean Worlds presents a fascinating look at the theme of the hollow earth and its history, as well as the geological theories which produced many of these stories. It excerpts key passages from the major subterranean world fictions, some translated into English for the first time. With helpful introductions to each selection and a comprehensive bibliography, this book is the definitive treatment of this entertaining topic.
 

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A Bluffers Guide to the Underworld An Introduction the Hollow Earth
3
Theories and Descriptions of the Inner Earth from Kircher to Symmes
15
Relation dun voyage du Pole Arctique au Pole Antarctique 1721
25
Selections
27
Lamekis ou Les voyages extraordinaires dun Egyptien dans la terre interieure 17351738
29
Selections
32
The Journey of Niels Klim to the World Underground 1741
37
Selections
40
John Cleves Symmes Jr and Symzonia 1820
95
Selections
106
Collin de Plancy Voyage au centre de la terre 1821
131
Selections
134
Edgar Allan Poe and The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym 1838
139
Selections
142
Jules Verne Voyage au centre de la terre 1864
145
Selections
149

The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins 1750
57
Selections
61
A Voyage to the World in the Center of the Earth 1755
64
Selections
67
Laventurier francois 1782
78
Selections
81
The Icosameron 1788
85
Selections
89
After Verne Later Developments
157
Selections
164
Endnotes
197
Bibliography
213
Index
221
About the Editor
225
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PETER FITTING is Director of the Department of Cinema Studies Program at the University of Toronto and former chair of the Society of Utopian Studies.

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