The Animal Fable in Science Fiction and Fantasy

The Animal Fable in Science Fiction and Fantasy




Though animal stories and fables stretch back into the antiquity of ancient India, Persia, Greece and Rome, the reasons for writing them and their resonance for readers (and listeners) remain consistent to the present. This work argues that they were essential sources of amusement and instruction--and were also often profoundly unsettling. Such authors in the realm of the animal fable as Tolkien, Freud, Voltaire, Bakhtin, Cordwainer Smith, Karel Capek, Vladimir Propp, and many more are discussed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786447831
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/15/2010
Series: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy , #20
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Bruce Shaw did his early professional work in anthropology, compiling oral history of aboriginal Australians. Later, he took up English literature. He lives in Perth, Western Australia.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Van Ikin 1

Preface 5

Introduction: Why Choose Animals? 9

1. The Beast Fable 15

2. Philosophies of Laughter 31

3. The Lineage of the Animal Fable 46

4. Recasting the Animal Fable: Short Stories 56

5. Recasting the Animal Fable: Novels and Novellas 76

6. Author Biographies: Private Experience and Societal Fears 96

7. Satire and the Carnivalesque 1: The Heart of a Dog 122

8. Satire and the Carnivalesque 2: War with the Newts 135

9. Companionate and Erotic Love 1: Sirius 148

10. Companionate and Erotic Love: 2: Wish 166

11. “It Had Been Such a Nice Rabbit!”: City 179

12. Crafted Tales: “The Dead Lady of Clown Town” 198

13. Good for Reading 217

Bibliography 223

Index 239

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