Screening Space The American Science Fiction Film

ISBN-10: 081352492X

ISBN-13: 9780813524924

Edition: 2nd 1997

Authors: Vivian C. Sobchack

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Screening Space deserves the attention of everyone in our field. It is an important book, a groundbreaking book, an indispensable book for critics of SF film, SF, or contemporary mass culture.  Read it and you will never view SF film in quite the same way again.Science Fiction StudiesA brilliant book, the best book yet on the American SF film.-Fantasy Review A closely reasoned, finely observed, entirely admirable piece of work.  The best examination so far of the visual and aural iconography of SF film, and likely to remain the best for a long time.Journal of Film & TV Sobchack builds up her arguments meticulously. . . . she continually prods the reader to review his or her assumptions.ÓÑFilm Quarterly Her writing style is clear, witty, and concise as she shapes new definitions of the SF film. . . and ultimately rescues it from the benign neglect of film theorists and from the camp admiration of Trekkies and Trolls.ÓÑFilm BulletinThe first serious work to study the surprisingly close connection between science fiction films and social preconceptions.ÓÑLos Angeles Times Book ReviewThis history of American SF movies, which includes lots of stills, covers virtually all the classic films and discusses their import intelligently. . . . All in all, a valuable and fascinating book for film buff and SF fan alike.
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List price: $26.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 9/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Preface to the Enlarged Edition
Introduction to the First Edition
The Limits of the Genre: Definitions and Themes
What Is Science Fiction?
Literature and Film
Transylvania on Mars: Horror and Science Fiction
The Trouble with Creatures and Monsters
Magic, Science, and Religion: Towards Synthesis and Definition
Images of Wonder: The Look of Science Fiction
Visual Functions
The Alien
The Speculative
The Extrapolative
The Alienation of the Familiar
Subversion of the Landscape
The Dehumanization of Humans
The Alien and the Familiar: The Aesthetics of Collision
The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo: The Sounds of Science Fiction
At a Loss for Words
The Transformation of Spoken Language
Humor, Parody, and Satire
Displaced Voices
Dialogue as Ritual
The Word as Image
Nonverbal Sound
The Music of the Spheres
Sound Effects
The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo
Altered States
Postmodernism and Aesthetic Production
The Deflation and Inflation of Space
The Collapse and Conflation of Time
The Transformation of Special "Affect" into Special "Effect"
Embracing the Alien, Erasing Alienation
Postfuturism and the "End" of Science Fiction
Selected Bibliography
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