David W. Sisk
Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Number 75 Donald Palumbo, Series Adviser
Westport, Connecticut • London
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Sisk David W., 1963-
Transformations of language in modern dystopias / David W. Sisk. p. cm.--(Contributions to the study of science fiction and fantasy, ISSN 0193-6875; no. 75) Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0-313-30411-4 (alk. paper)
1. Science fiction, English--History and criticism. 2. Dystopias in literature. 3. English fiction--20th century--History and criticism. 4. American fiction--20th century--History and criticism. 5. Science fiction, American--History and criticism. 6. More, Thomas, Sir, Saint, 1478-1535--Influence. 7. More, Thomas, Sir, Saint, 1478-1535. Utopia. 8. Language and culture. 9. Future in literature. I. Title. II. Series. PR888.D96S57 1997
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The author and publisher gratefully acknowledge permission for use of the following material: | |Excerpts from The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Copyright © 1985 by O. W. Toad, Ltd. First American Edition 1986. | | |Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Co. All rights reserved; reprinted by permission of Jonathan Cape, a division of | | |Random House UK Ltd.; used by permisison, McLelland & Stewart, Inc. | | |Excerpts from "Tightrope-Walking Over Niagara Falls," by Geoff Hancock, pages 191-220 in Margaret Atwood: Conversation edited | | |by Earl G. Ingersoll ( Princeton, NJ: Ontario Review Press, 1990) are reprinted by permission of Ontario Review Press. | | |Excerpts from A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. Copyright © 1962, 1989, renewed 1990 by Anthony Burgess. Reprinted by | | |permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.; reprinted by permission of William Heinemann Ltd. | | |Excerpts from Language and Politics by Noam Chomsky, edited by C. P. Otero ( Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1988) are reprinted | | |with the kind permission of Black Rose Books. | | |Excerpts from Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin ( London: The Women's Press Ltd., 1985) are reprinted by permission of | | |Suzette Haden Elgin. | | |Excerpts from "A Limited Perfection: Dystopia as Logos Game" by R. E. Foust, originally printed in Mosaic, Volume 15, Number 3 | | |( September 1982): pages 79-88. Reprinted by permission of Mosaic. | | |Excerpts from Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban ( New York: Washington Square Press, 1982) are reprinted by permission of David | | |Higham Associates (reference: Hoban/26.6.97). | | |Excerpts from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Copyright 1932, 1960 by Aldous Huxley. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins|...