Jules Verne

BookJules Verne

Jules Verne

Narratives of Modernity

Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies


February 2nd, 2000

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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 synonomous. 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. Arthur B. Evans provides a detailed account of the relationship between Verne and the French literary canon, demonstrating the "now-ineluctable trend towards rehabilitation and literary canonization". Daniel Compere exmines narrative technique, versimilitude, defamiliarization, naturalization and dialogism in Verne's work, while Timothy Unwin develops the enquiry into the nature of the Vernian text in discussing the role of science and textual repetition. The interface between realism, utopianism and SF in a number of Verne's novels is investigated by Sarah Capitano.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
1: Verne, SF, and Modernity: an Introduction9
2: Jules Verne and the French Literary Canon19
3: Jules Verne and the Limitations of Literature48
4: The Fiction of Science, or the Science of Fiction54
5: ‘L’Ici-bas’ and ‘l’Au-delà’ … but Not as they Knew it. Realism, Utopianism and Science Fiction in the Novels of Jules Verne68
6: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Paris: Paris au XXe siècle86
7: Future Past: Myth, Inversion and Regression in Verne’s Underground Utopia102
8: Measurement and Mystery in Verne117
9: The Science is Fiction: Jules Verne, Raymond Roussel, and Surrealism130
10: Mysterious Masterpiece150