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Communities of the heart : the rhetoric of myth in the fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin

Author: Warren Rochelle
Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2001.
Series: Liverpool science fiction texts and studies, [25].
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"We live in a society that believes itself to be rational - scientific and quantifiable. Yet at the same time we live in a culture that is saturated with the mythic. We speak of life as a journey; we are all heroes on our own quests. We seek the fantastic, the princess in the castle, the wizard peering into a crystal bowl. We tell fantastic stories of our technological age - of space ships, other worlds, aliens. And  Read more...
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Rochelle, Warren, 1954-
Communities of the heart.
Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2001
(OCoLC)606516496
Named Person: Ursula K Le Guin; Ursula K Le Guin
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Warren Rochelle
ISBN: 0853238766 9780853238768 0853238863 9780853238867
OCLC Number: 44932920
Description: xii, 195 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Making and Remaking of Meaning: Language, Story and Myth --
The Monomyth Reimagined --
Which Way to Eden? --
American Romantic/Pragmatic Rhetoric --
Communities of the Heart --
Index of Works / Ursula K. Le Guin.
Series Title: Liverpool science fiction texts and studies, [25].
Responsibility: Warren G. Rochelle.
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Explores the use of imaginative literature as persuasion, focusing on the science fiction of Ursula Le Guin and her rhetorical use of myth.  Read more...

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In this revised doctoral dissertation, the creative writer Rochelle brings an expertise in storytelling to theoretical discussions. Science Fiction Studies, Volume 36 2009

 
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