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15 Later in the Brechtian theatre it became a strategy for provoking audience-response and a means towards the reader’s political education. For Suvin, by contrast, estrangement in fiction is first and foremost a matter of choosing a plot that is non-realistic in the sense that it is determined by the novum. 16 Picasso’s painting of the head of a woman showing both eyes on the same side of the nose is an example of what would commonly be called an estrangement effect. What has popular fiction about spaceships to do with the dynamics of artistic innovation using experimental shock tactics to defamiliarize perception?

J. W. Campbell, p. 13. 14 Westfahl argues that Campbell’s interest in ‘ideas’, at the expense of Gerns- 34 EDWARD JAMES back’s ‘charming romance’ or thrilling adventure, led to the excessive preoccupation with social satire, which ended the SF boom of the 1950s, and with ‘dangerous and pointless flirtations with avant-garde fiction’, which lost the New Wave its sciencefictional audience: see Westfahl, ‘ “A convenient analog system” ’, pp. 64–65. 15 H. L. Gold, ‘Yardstick for Science Fiction’. Quoted by Westfahl, in The Mechanics of Wonder, in the chapter entitled ‘ “A field of literature worth taking seriously”: Critical Voices after John W.

Science Fiction: The New Mythology’. , p. 85. , p. 95. , p. 97. Revisiting Suvin’s Poetics of Science Fiction PATRICK PARRINDER SF in general—through its long history in different contexts—can be defined as a literary genre whose necessary and sufficient conditions are the presence and interaction of estrangement and cognition, and whose main formal device is an imaginative framework alternative to the author’s empirical environment, and . . 2 A ‘poetics’ is a construction of formalist or structuralist theory—it speaks to us, these days, of the age of Roman Jakobson and Northrop Frye—and (as is clear from the above quotation) it addresses only the synchronic aspect of literary texts.

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