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Seed, David

Works: 55 works in 332 publications in 2 languages and 14,700 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Science fiction  History  Voyages, Imaginary  War fiction  Film adaptations  Travel writing  Handbooks and manuals  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works by David Seed
American science fiction and the Cold War : literature and film by David Seed( )

22 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and held by 2,163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American science fiction, both literature and film, has played a key role in the portrayal of the fears inherent in the Cold War. Working through key texts, this work investigates the political inflexions put on American narratives in the post-war decades by Cold War cultural circumstances
Brainwashing : the fictions of mind control : a study of novels and films since World War II by David Seed( )

9 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in English and held by 1,508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"David Seed traces the assimilation of the notion of brainwashing into science fiction, political commentary, and conspiracy narratives of the Cold War era. He demonstrates how these works grew out of a context of political and social events and how they express the anxieties of the time." "This study reviews 1950s science fiction, Korean War fiction, and the film The Manchurian Candidate. Seed provides new interpretations of writers such as Orwell and Burroughs within the history of psychological manipulation for political purposes, using declassified and other documents to contextualize the material. He explores the shifting viewpoints of how brainwashing is represented, changing from an external threat to American values to an internal threat against individual American liberties by the U.S. government."--Jacket
Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald( )

9 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Level 7 is the diary of Officer X-127, who is assigned to stand guard at the "Push Buttons," a machine devised to activate the atomic destruction of the enemy, in the country's deepest bomb shelter. Four thousand feet underground, Level 7 has been built to withstand the most devastating attack and to be self-sufficient for 500 years. Selected according to a psychological profile that assures their willingness to destroy all life on Earth, those who are sent down may never return. Long before the first button is pushed in error, we are made aware that this literary classic is about much more than the nuclear threat. Level 7 is a probing inquiry into what gearing for war does to a society when there is no war. While it is a horrific vision of where the nuclear arms race may be leading us, this novel is also a call to change and an affirmation of human life and love
Speaking science fiction : dialogues and interpretations( )

10 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This wide-ranging volume explores the various dialogues that flourish between different aspects of science fiction: academics and fans, writers and readers; ideological stances and national styles; different interpretations of the genre; and how language and 'voices' are used in constructing SF. Introduced by the acclaimed novelist Brian W. Aldiss, the essays range from studies of writers such as Robert A. Heinlein, who are considered as the 'heart' of the genre, to more contemporary writers such as Jack Womack and J. G. Ballard
Ray Bradbury by David Seed( )

11 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 1,060 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As much as any individual, Ray Bradbury brought science fiction's ideas into the mainstream. Yet he transcended the genre in both form and popularity, using its trappings to explore timely social concerns and the kaleidoscope of human experience while in the process becoming one of America's most beloved authors. David Seed follows Bradbury's long career from the early short story masterpieces through his work in a wide variety of broadcast and film genres to the influential cultural commentary he spread via essays, speeches, and interviews. Mining Bradbury's classics and hard-to-find archival, literary, and cultural materials, Seed analyzes how the author's views on technology, authoritarianism, and censorship affected his art; how his Midwest of dream and dread brought his work to life; and the ways film and television influenced his creative process and visually-oriented prose style. The result is a passionate statement on Bradbury's status as an essential literary writer deserving of a place in the cultural history of his time. --Provided by publisher
A companion to science fiction( Book )

24 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Companion to Science Fiction assembles essays by an international range of scholars which discuss the contexts, themes, and methods used by science fiction writers. It conveys the scale and variety of science fiction and also shows how science fiction novels have been used as a means of debating cultural issues." "The first sections of the volume address general topics, such as the history and origins of the genre, its engagement with science and gender, and national variations of science fiction around the English-speaking world. It also maps out connections between science fiction, television, the cinema, virtual reality technology, and other aspects of the culture. Later sections are devoted to major figures, such as H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ursula Le Guin. Finally, the Companion offers close discussions of key novels, from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale."--Jacket
Under the shadow : the atomic bomb and Cold War narratives by David Seed( )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Pat Frank's 1959 novel Alas, Babylon, the character Helen says of her children: "All their lives, ever since they've known anything, they've lived under the shadow of war--atomic war. For them the abnormal has become normal." The threat of nuclear annihilation was a constant source of dread during the Cold War, and in Under the Shadow, author David Seed examines how authors and filmmakers made repeated efforts in their work to imagine the unimaginable. Seed discusses classics of the period like Nevil Shute's On the Beach, but he also argues for recognition of less-known works such as Walter M. Miller's depiction of historical cycles in A Canticle for Leibowitz, Bernard Wolfe's black comedy of aggression in Limbo, or Mordecai Roshwald's satirical depiction of technology running out of human control in Level 7. Seed relates these literary works to their historical contexts and to their adaptations in film. Two prime examples of this interaction between media are the motion pictures Fail-Safe and Dr. Strangelove, which dramatize the threat posed by the arms race to rationality and ultimate human survival. Seed addresses the attempts made by characters to remap America as a central part of their efforts to understand the horrors of the war. A particular subset of future histories is also examined: accounts of a Third World War, which draw on the conventions of military history and reportage to depict probable war scenarios. Under the Shadow concludes with a discussion of the recent fiction of nuclear terrorism."--Publisher's website
The fiction of Joseph Heller : against the grain by David Seed( Book )

18 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fictional labyrinths of Thomas Pynchon by David Seed( Book )

19 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science fiction : a very short introduction by David Seed( Book )

19 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Science Fiction has proved notoriously difficult to define, but has emerged as one of the most popular genres of our time; not only in literature, but also in drama, poetry, and film. David Seed explores this often unconventional genre in relation to themes such as science and technology, space, aliens, utopias, gender, and its relation to time past, present, and future."--Jacket
James Joyce's A portrait of the artist as a young man by David Seed( Book )

15 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new study of "A Portrait of the Artist ..." uses Bakhtin's theory of dialogics to explore the ways in which Joyce dramatizes the growth of Stephen Dedalus through his interactions with the "voices" of his culture. A number of overlapping sections consider the different phases to this growth starting with Stephen's attempts to locate himself in relation to the voices of his fellow pupils and his masters. Bakhtin's notion of "heteroglossia", which asserts the multivocal nature of novelistic texts, is used to look at questions of the Church's authority, of gender and of culture in the novel. Attention is also given to the novel's concern with the linguistic ferment in Ireland in 1890 and to Stephen's attempts at poetic composition. Stephen's growing interest in the theatre is explored, and his efforts to control his dialogues with fellow students are analyzed. The study concludes with an examination of Stephen's diary as an internalized dialogue with himself. -- Back cover
A companion to twentieth-century United States fiction( )

18 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and Polish and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Through a wide-ranging series of essays and readings, A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction presents an overview of fiction published in the United States since the conclusion of World War I. These thought-provoking essays cover a diverse cross-section of novelists from the period: from canonical literary figures, such as Hemingway and Faulkner, to popular contemporary fiction writers, such as Amy Tan and Alice Walker, as well as critical overviews of various literary genres, such as crime and "hard-boiled" fiction, along with coverage of the ethnic and cultural traditions that continue to permeate U.S. fiction. A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction is an accessible and invaluable entree into the fertile period that cemented America's literary reputation throughout the world."--Jacket
Cinematic fictions : [the impact of the cinema on the American novel up to the second World War] by David Seed( Book )

21 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cinematic Fictions is often fascinating. Seed makes reference to an impressive range of texts in comparison and counterpoint to those around the key fictions around which each chapter's discussion revolves. This will make this particular study attractive to teachers of early twentieth-century American literature, as well as of American Studies more broadly, of modules that focus on modernity and on visual and film cultures.' Professor Sharon Monteith, University of Nottingham. The phrase "cinematic fiction" generally has been accepted into critical discourse, but usually only in the context of postwar novels. This volume examines the influence of a particular medium, film, on another, the novel, in the first half of twentieth-century American literature. Offering new insights into classics such as The Great Gatsby and The Grapes of Wrath, as well as discussing critical writings on film and active participation in filmmaking by major writers such as William Faulkner, Cinematic Fictions will be compulsory reading for scholars of American film and literature alike
Anticipations : essays on early science fiction and its precursors( Book )

19 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume of essays examines early, primarily nineteenth-century, examples of science fiction. The essays focus particularly on how this fiction engages with such contemporary issues as exploration, the development of science and social planning. Several of the writers discussed (Mary Shelley, Poe, Verne, Wells) have been proposed by literary historians as the founders of science fiction. The aim in these essays, however, is not to privilege one individual, but rather to look at the gradual convergence of a number of different genres and at the process of continuing influence of one writer on his/her successor. The collection strikes a balance between a discussion of the established names within the field and less well known works such as Symzonia and The Battle of Dorking. The volume concludes with a consideration of the utopias and dystopias of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
Imagining apocalypse : studies in cultural crisis( Book )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume brings together essays by specialists in different disciplines on the cultural expression of apocalypse, in particular in anglophone science fiction of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Approaching these works from historical, philosophical, linguistic and literary perspectives, the contributors examine the relationship between secular and spiritual apocalypse, connecting the fiction and films to their historical moment. Not surprisingly, war recurs throughout this material, as a critical turning-point, fulfilment of prophecy, or prelude to a new age. In particular the essays explore the issue of whether modern apocalypse is seen as an ending or a beginning, considered under its political, ethnic and gendered aspects."--BOOK JACKET
American travel and empire( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection, leading scholars in the field examine the interfaces between narratives of travel and of empire. The term 'American', used here in the hemispheric sense, and 'American travel writing' include both writing about America by visitors and writings by Americans abroad. The contributors are recognized specialists in different periods of American literature and travel writing
Essays and studies, 2005 : literature and the visual media( Book )

9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fiction and film interrelate closely to each other, and the specially commissioned essays in this volume all consider different aspects of this relationship. Beginning with discussions of Dickens and Victorian literature, the contributors, all leading scholars in this field, demonstrate how visual devices like the magic lantern caught the interest of writers and affected their choice of subject and method. The impact of the cinema on the British modernists is then discussed, and the remaining essays provide detailed case studies on such subjects as Hemingway, Updike, and the depiction of women in contemporary fiction and film."--Jacket
The coming race by Edward Bulwer Lytton Lytton( Book )

7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth to Rudy Rucker's The Hollow Earth, subterranean worlds have been a source of both fascination and fear for the literary imagination, and The Coming Race is no exception. An evolutionary fantasy first published in 1871, the story draws upon ideas of Darwinism to describe a near-future world characterized by female dominance, physical perfection, and vast technological progress. The novel was extremely popular in its time and is now considered seminal science fiction text by contemporary scholars. This Wesleyan edition includes scholarly notes and an introduction that places the work in an intellectual and literary context and describes Bulwer-Lytton's interest in the occult."--Jacket
Future wars : the anticipations and the fears( )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The subject of this book is that body of fiction which speculates in narrative form about the nature of wars likely to break out in the near or distant future
Life and limb : perspectives on the American Civil War by David Seed( Book )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The contemporary perspectives - fiction, first-hand accounts, reportage, and photographs - found in the pages of this collection give a unique insight into the experiences and suffering of those affected by the American Civil War. The essays and recollections detail some of the earliest attempts by medical professionals to understand and help the wounded, and look at how writers and poets were influenced by their own involvement as nurses, combatants, and observers. So alongside the medical observations of figures such as Silas Weir Mitchell and William Keen, you'll find memoirs of writers including Louisa May Alcott, Ambrose Bierce, and Walt Whitman. By presenting the wide range of frequently traumatic experiences by writers, medical staff, and of course the often ignored common foot soldiers on both sides, this volume will complement the older emphasis on military history and will appeal to readers of the evolution of medicine, of the contemporary literature, of social anthropology, and of the whole complex issue of how the war was represented and debated from many different perspectives. While a century and a half of developments in medicine, social care, and science means that the level of support and technology available to amputees is now incomparable to that in the mid nineteenth century, the insights into the lives and thoughts of those devastated by psychological traumas, complex emotions, and difficulties in adjusting to life after limb loss remain just as relevant today. Phenomena explored in the book, such as 'phantom limb syndrome,' continue to be the subject of medical and academic research in the twenty-first century. - Publisher's description
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American science fiction and the Cold War : literature and film
Brainwashing : the fictions of mind control : a study of novels and films since World War IILevel 7Speaking science fiction : dialogues and interpretationsA companion to science fictionThe fictional labyrinths of Thomas PynchonScience fiction : a very short introductionA companion to twentieth-century United States fictionCinematic fictions : [the impact of the cinema on the American novel up to the second World War]
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