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Fire in the Stone: Prehistoric Fiction from Charles Darwin to Jean M Auel
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Nicholas Ruddick
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Fire in the Stone: Prehistoric Fiction from Charles Darwin to Jean M Auel

Nicholas Ruddick


9780819569004

WESLYAN UNIVERSTITY PRES


Reference » Literary Criticism;
Fantasy » Fantasy Reference


Hardback

304 pages

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The genre of prehistoric fiction contains a surprisingly large and diverse group of fictional works by American, British, and French writers from the late nineteenth century to the present that describe prehistoric humans. Nicholas Ruddick explains why prehistoric fiction could not come into being until after the acceptance of Charles Darwin's theories, and argues that many early prehistoric fiction works are still worth reading even though the science upon which they are based is now outdated. Exploring the history and evolution of the genre, Ruddick shows how prehistoric fiction can offer fascinating insights into the possible origins of human nature, sexuality, racial distinctions, language, religion, and art. The book includes discussions of well-known prehistoric fiction by H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, J.-H. Rosny Aine, Jack London, William Golding, Arthur C. Clarke, and Jean M. Auel and reminds us of some unjustly forgotten landmarks of prehistoric fiction. It also briefly covers such topics as the recent boom in prehistoric romance, notable prehistoric fiction for children and young adults, and the most entertaining movies featuring prehistoric humans. The book includes illustrations that trace the changing popular images of cave men and women over the past 150 years.

By:   Nicholas Ruddick
Imprint:   WESLYAN UNIVERSTITY PRES
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   590g
ISBN:   9780819569004
ISBN 10:   0819569003
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   April 2009
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

NICHOLAS RUDDICK is a professor of English at the University of Regina and author of Ultimate Island: On the Nature of British Science Fiction (1993).


There is no other book that connects studies of evolution to mainstream fiction so thoroughly and thoughtfully. DAVID SEED, professor of American literature, Liverpool University

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