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Narrating Futures...

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Narrating Futures

Ed. by Bode, Christoph

Volume 5

Singles, Kathleen

Alternate History

Playing with Contingency and Necessity

    99,95 € / $140.00 / £91.00*

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    Publication Date:
    October 2013
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    Aims and Scope

    While, strictly speaking, Alternate Histories are not Future Narratives, their analysis can shed a clear light on why Future Narratives are so different from past narratives. Trying to have it both ways, most Alternate Histories subscribe to a conflicting set of beliefs concerning determinism and freedom of choice, contingency and necessity. For the very first time, Alternate Histories are here discussed against the backdrop of their Other, Future Narratives.

    The volume contains in-depth analyses of the classics of the genre,such as Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle and Philip Roth's The Plot against America, as well as less widely-discussed manifestations of the genre, such as Dieter Kühn's N,ChristianKracht'sIch werde hier sein im Sonnenschein und im Schatten,and Quentin Tarantino's film Inglourious Basterds.

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    23.0 x 15.5 cm
    vii, 312 pages
    1 Tables
    Type of Publication:
    History; Future; Past; Narrative
    Scholars of Literary and Cultural Studies.

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    Kathleen Singles, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany.


    "Still, Alternate History: Playing with Contingency and Necessity is recommended reading for those interested in the burgeoning field of alternate-history studies."
    Francisco J. López Arias in: Science Fiction Studies 3/2016

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