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The dreadful credibility of absurd things: A tendency in fantasy theory

Bould, Mark


Mark Bould
Professor of Film and Literature


Bould, M. (2002). The dreadful credibility of absurd things: A tendency in fantasy theory. Historical Materialism, 10(4), 51-88.

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date Dec 5, 2002
Journal Historical Materialism
Print ISSN 1465-4466
Electronic ISSN 1569-206X
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 4
Pages 51-88
Keywords fantasy theory
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Additional Information Additional Information : This refereed journal article was selected as the focus for the 'Theory Roundtable' discussion at the 25th annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Fort Lauderdale, 2004. An early draft of it resulted in an invitation to join the editorial board of the journal Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory. It was published in a special issue on 'Marxism and Fantasy', which was reviewed in four refereed journals, and in each of the reviews it was selected as one of the two key articles in the issue (see Istvan Csiscery-Ronay, Jr., Science Fiction Studies 90, (30:2), 288-304; John Reider, Extrapolation, 44:3, 375-379; Peter Fitting, Utopian Studies, 14.2, 187-190; John Arnold, Foundation 89, 99-103). It also resulted in invitations to contribute an article to the special issue of Socialism and Democracy on science fiction (Output 4) and an edited collection to Pluto Press's �Marxism and Culture' series (Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction, co-edited with Miéville, scheduled for publication by Pluto and Wesleyan University Press in 2009). It is cited in Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, �Science fiction and empire', Science Fiction Studies 30.2 (2003): 231-45 and Roger Luckhurst, Science Fiction (Polity 2005).