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Postapocalyptic fiction and the social contract : "we'll not go home again", Claire P. Curtis

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Postapocalyptic fiction and the social contract : "we'll not go home again"
Title
Postapocalyptic fiction and the social contract
Title remainder
"we'll not go home again"
Statement of responsibility
Claire P. Curtis
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Postapocalyptic Fiction and the Social Contract: We'll Not Go Home Again provides a framework for our fascination with the apocalyptic events. The popular appeal of the end of the world genre is clear in movies, novels, and television shows. Even our political debates over global warming, nuclear threats, and pandemic disease reflect a concern about the possibility of such events. This popular fascination is really a fascination with survival: how can we come out alive? And what would we do next? The end of the world is not about species death, but about beginning again. This book uses postapocalyptic fiction as a terrain for thinking about the state of nature: the hypothetical fiction that is the driving force behind the social contract. The first half of the book examines novels that tell the story of the move from the state of nature to civil society through a Hobbesian, a Lockean, or a Rousseauian lens, including Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank, Malevil by Robert Merle, and Into the Forest by Jean Hegland. The latter half of the book examines Octavia Butler's postapocalyptic Parable series in which a new kind of social contract emerges, one built on the fact of human dependence and vulnerability
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DLC
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1965-
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Curtis, Claire P.
Dewey number
813/.087620938
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.A65
LC item number
C87 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Apocalypse in literature
  • Social contract in literature
  • Science fiction, American
  • Science fiction
  • End of the world in literature
  • Regression (Civilization) in literature
  • Survival in literature
  • Literature and society
Label
Postapocalyptic fiction and the social contract : "we'll not go home again", Claire P. Curtis
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Last one out, please turn out the lights : on the beach and the road -- "Solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short" : Hobbes and Lucifer's Hammer, the classic post-apocalyptic text -- "Industrious and rational" : John Locke and Alas, Babylon: the rational life post-apocalypse -- Man is born free; and everywhere is in chains: Rousseau and Malevil: the responsibilities of civil life -- "Maybe effort counted" : John Rawls and thought experiments -- "To take root among the stars" : Octavia Butler's parable of the sower and rethinking the social contract -- "We can choose": Octavia Butler's parable of the talents and the meaning of security
Control code
609402851
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 199 pages
Isbn
9780739142035
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010016279
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)609402851
Label
Postapocalyptic fiction and the social contract : "we'll not go home again", Claire P. Curtis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Last one out, please turn out the lights : on the beach and the road -- "Solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short" : Hobbes and Lucifer's Hammer, the classic post-apocalyptic text -- "Industrious and rational" : John Locke and Alas, Babylon: the rational life post-apocalypse -- Man is born free; and everywhere is in chains: Rousseau and Malevil: the responsibilities of civil life -- "Maybe effort counted" : John Rawls and thought experiments -- "To take root among the stars" : Octavia Butler's parable of the sower and rethinking the social contract -- "We can choose": Octavia Butler's parable of the talents and the meaning of security
Control code
609402851
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 199 pages
Isbn
9780739142035
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010016279
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)609402851

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