Jules Verne: Journeys in Writing

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Liverpool University Press, 2005 - Всего страниц: 242
A hundred years after his death, Jules Verne (1828-1905) has in the popular imagination become synonymous with prediction of the future. Yet the actual texts of Verne's major novels (the vast series known as the Voyages extraordinaires) still remain unknown to many. In the English-speaking world, translations of Verne's best-known novels (Around the World in Eighty Days, Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon) have often contained wholesale distortions of his plots and characters, and the popular (and false) image of Verne as a foreteller of the future often comes not through what he actually wrote, but through films and other adaptations of his work. It is against this background of misrepresentation and misconception that the present study has been produced. Verne was, Unwin argues, a master of the self-conscious novel, his work a pastiche of science discourse, fictional and non-fictional writings, and flamboyant, theatrical narrative. Unwin makes a compelling case for Verne as a master of the nineteenth-century experimental novel, in the company of Gustave Flaubert and other canonical French writers. The text will be a wonderful addition to the shelves of those interested in science fiction, experimental writing, and critical theory.
 

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Introduction
1
Science Literature and the Nineteenth Century
7
Textual Environments
20
All the Worlds a Text
51
Theatre and Theatricality
95
The Journey of Language
132
Writing and Rewriting
176
Conclusion
214
Chronology of the Life of Jules Verne
220
Bibliography
226
Index
236
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Timothy Unwin is professor of French language and literature at the University of Bristol. He has published extensively on nineteenth-century authors and has recently completed editing The Cambridge Companion to Flaubert.

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