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Jules Verne: Narratives of Modernity

Edmund J. Smyth


Although critics continue to debate whether Jules Verne's work is ‘true’ science fiction (SF), rather than scientific romance, Verne is widely credited as one of the founders of the genre, and in the popular imagination, he and SF are seen as largely synonymous. Verne has received renewed attention since the publication in 1994 of his ‘Paris au Vingtieme Siecle’, and this has highlighted his importance as a key commentator on the anguishes of modernity. This book provides a detailed account of the relationship between Verne and the French literary canon, demonstrating the ‘now-ineluctable tren ... More

Keywords: science fiction, scientific romance, modernity, French literary canon, literary canonization, narrative technique, versimilitude, defamiliarization, naturalization, dialogism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780853236948
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853236948.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edmund J. Smyth, editor