DEVELOPMENT OF THE FEMALE FICTION DETECTIVE FROM 1930 TO 2010Monika Vengust
, 2011, undergraduate thesis
Abstract: The diploma thesis with the title Development of the female fiction detective from 1930 to 2010 is dealing with three female detective characters that appeared in the mentioned time period and made or are still making some influence on the readers. These three detectives are Agatha Christie’s Miss Jane Marple, Nancy Drew, a character of many ghost-writers, and Mma Precious Ramotswe, the creation of Alexander McCall Smith.
This dissertation starts with the beginning of detective fiction and how it developed through ages. It describes the genre in America and Britain and leads us through the Golden Age of detective fiction. It continues with description of differences between the detective story, the crime novel and the police novel. There are also explanations of several subgenres.
The last part describes the main characters. We can see their beginnings, methods and ways of solving crimes, how did writers’ backgrounds affect the knowledge of their fiction characters and what are some similarities and differences between characters. Through this description it is evident, how a female fiction detective develops. Finally there is a short comparison between the main characters, to support the thesis.
Keywords: detective fiction, female fiction detective, Miss Jane Marple, Nancy Drew, Mma Precious Ramotswe
Published: 27.02.2012; Views: 1237; Downloads: 56
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SCIENCE AND SCIENCE FICTION: A VIEW INTO THE FUTUREPrimož Hren
, 2012, undergraduate thesis
Abstract: Nowadays the fine line between science and science fiction is unclear. What was science fiction few years ago is now a reality. Technology is advancing with incredible speed, and the possibilities are limitless.
In my diploma thesis I will look into technologies that are found in the works of science fiction. I will describe the technologies as they are shown in the works I have chosen. One of my sources is the film I Robot. I will describe the advanced technologies, present their reality and with the help of literature and other sources estimate how long will they belong into domain of science fiction. My primary sources besides the film I Robot are the novels Foundation and Earth written by Isaac Asimov and Benford’s Across the Sea of Suns.
The objective of my diploma thesis is to present the importance of technology for sci-fi literature and to show that the line between science and science fiction is unclear.
Keywords: science, science fiction, advanced technology, technology development, the line between science and science fiction
Published: 27.03.2012; Views: 2020; Downloads: 111
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THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE SEXES IN THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS, "HIS VEGETABLE WIFE" AND "STABLE STRATEGIES FOR MIDDLE MANAGEMENT"Katja Jaušovec Mihorič
, 2012, undergraduate thesis
Abstract: In Science Fiction, readers get to know the role of women in correspondence with men and then contemplate their relationships. The relationship can come from everyday life or as a relation in a job and it can also be derived from our mentality and society. It is common that all these relationships develop a higher level in meaning in Science Fiction.
In the two short stories "His Vegetable Wife" and "Stable Strategies for Middle Management" we get to know the role of a traditional woman and a modern woman in comparison to men, but in a more scientific way. We also get to know a society without a distinction between women and men in The Left Hand of Darkness. In the film Splice we will see the twisted way of a woman transforming into a man and what this kind of evolution means for the woman-man relationship. All these plots show different kinds of male and female relations in Science Fiction. The relationships can differ from each other but they can also have similarities or even have their origin in the Oedipus complex and the Elektra complex.
Keywords: Science Fiction, relationship man-woman, Oedipus complex, Electra complex, feminism
Published: 04.01.2013; Views: 1462; Downloads: 79
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A CLASH OF WORDS: TRANSLATING AN ALTERNATIVE WORLD FICTIONAndrej Zupanič
, 2014, undergraduate thesis
Abstract: The aim of this thesis is to determine a comparative stylistic model that can be used in literary translation for analysing texts of a specific genre: alternative world fiction. The model consists of two parts, general stylistic analysis of prose fiction and specific stylistic analysis of alternative world fiction, which depend on the stylistic approaches suggested by Leech and Short, and Sandig and Sowinski, as well as Mandala’s study of language in science fiction and fantasy. This is put to empiric use on the basis of George R. R. Martin’s heroic fantasy A Clash of Kings, translated into Slovene by Branko Gradišnik. The thesis confronts the source text (original) with the target text (translation) from general as well as specific stylistic viewpoints. However, the emphasis of this stylistic analysis lies on the latter part that is text- and/or genre-specific. Within this part of the analysis, attention is directed toward geographic, character and other proper names, text- or genre-specific lexical and grammatical categories, use of archaic forms and language contact. These categories are considered from the translation viewpoint, thus revealing certain problems a translator faces while translating and/or adapting certain terms. The analysis merges literary linguistics with literary translation and confronts these with translator’s creative freedom, an artistic function every literary translator should posses. The thesis thus deals in its separate parts with word-formation, grammatical structures, the lexicon of British and American English, archaisms and fictive languages, and compares them with corresponding translations. These comparisons are then used to yield important stylistic revelations a translator should abide while translating alternative world fiction.
Keywords: alternative world fiction, Branko Gradišnik, Boštjan Gorenc, comparative analysis, fantasy, George R. R. Martin, literary translation, style, science fiction
Published: 15.01.2015; Views: 1059; Downloads: 87
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THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE IDEAS OF STEPHEN BAXTER'S AND ARTHUR C. CLARKE'S TRILOGY A TIME ODYSSEYAleš Šopinger
, 2013, undergraduate thesis
Abstract: Science and science fiction as well as the ideas that are used by them are interconnected, yet, while science tries to dismiss or confirm certain ideas, science fiction uses these same ideas as substance for their stories. With the advances in science, it is possible to that some ideas move from the realm of science fiction and become science fact.
In the trilogy A Time Odyssey, co-authored by Stephen Baxter and Arthur C. Clarke, we can also find ideas and assumptions that are a part of the realm of science fiction as well as science. A comparison was made between what was written in A Time Odyssey and the view of contemporary science, concerning the ideas and assumptions about the existence of alien life, time travel, and parallel worlds. The comparison showed that the mentioned ideas are a part of science fiction as well as the scientific world, because science is putting a lot of effort in devising mathematical models and theories to dismiss or confirm the ideas that life could exists outside planet Earth, that time travel could be possible, and that parallel worlds could exist, but yet need to be proven.
Keywords: science fiction, time travel, alien life, dimensions, science, A Time Odyssey, advancement, technology
Published: 10.10.2013; Views: 1128; Downloads: 93
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A LITERARY ANALYSIS OF THE SCIENCE BEHIND CLIMATE CHANGE FICTIONKlemen Kerstein
, 2014, master's thesis
Abstract: Analysis of the scientific background in science fiction is one of the approaches used to determine the depth of science represented in the texts. Both qualitative and quantitative parameters are taken into account when one analyzes the stories. The general idea is to examine how scientifically accurate or inaccurate the text is, and how well is a scientific field, proportionally speaking, is covered in the stories.
Analysis of science fiction literature on climate change yields rather similar results. In general, the texts are dark and melancholic. Time wise, the stories are future oriented and accompanied by retrograde implications. As far as the science is concerned, the length of the texts is inversely proportional to the quantity of the science. Most of the stories deal with the phenomenon of global warming, with human activity being the main reason for such occurrence. Both causes and effects are relatively well covered, though the effects appear to be predominant. Besides anthropogenic impact in general, the other frequently addressed causes are changes caused by increased carbon dioxide concentrations, methane emissions and chlorofluorocarbon emissions. Effects such as sea-level rise, temperature rise, ice melting, floods, droughts, animal migration, animal re-adaptation, and vegetation and urban changes, are commonly used in the setting of the stories.
Keywords: Science fiction, climate fiction, climate change, global warming, speculative fiction, greenhouse effect, The Windup Girl, Welcome to the Greenhouse
Published: 12.12.2014; Views: 1022; Downloads: 155
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The Complexity of Cryptography in LiteratureSonja Sedej
, 2016, master's thesis
Abstract: Cryptography first appeared approximately four thousand years ago; it has developed and improved throughout history. Cryptography has an important role in the modern world. Cryptography has been a part of our lives for nearly four thousand years; nevertheless, the first book on cryptography did not appear until 1499, when John Tritheim published a collection of codes used in some European courts.
Today, cryptography affects us in many seen and unseen forms and shapes. Therefore, I am not surprised to see that it is commonplace in fiction. The purpose of this thesis is not to study the light summer reading that has lately filled the bookshelves, but to systematically research the complexity of cryptography in different literary genres.
In The Complexity of Cryptography in Literature, I analyze cryptography in English literature throughout the past two centuries. My thesis is, for many reasons, written in English; the study of English and American Literature, an English speaking mentor and researching literature written in English. Using analysis and synthesis I study two secondary theoretical sources, Codes and Ciphers – A History of Cryptography written by Alexander D'Agapeyeff and Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing written by Martin Gardner. At the same time I introduce the appropriate terminology which is necessary for further understanding. The thesis summarizes and presents the history of cryptography. The latter is researched using the method of analysis and synthesis in The Code Book by Simon Sing and The Code-Breakers by David Kahn.
Using the basic methods and history of cryptography, I will show that many methods of cryptography are described in literature; these are closely related to cryptography’s historical development. Furthermore, I propose that these methods are used in a wide spectra of literary genres; at the same time I will show that mostly simple or simplified methods of cryptography are used in literature; otherwise, they would not be accessible to the average reader.
The thesis analyzes the complexity of cryptography in six different works of literature with reference to standard mathematical models of cryptography.
I analyze the above mentioned works of literature, and using classification and mathematical methods, I process and present the appearance of cryptography in individual works (the methods and their correctness); then, using historical and comparative methods, I research the relationship between cryptographic methods used in literature and actual historical use of cryptography. Further on, I use various methods (the mathematical method, the method of analysis and synthesis, the method of interpretation, and the descriptive method) to present the complexity of cryptographic methods in literature.
Keywords: cryptography, code, cipher, complexity, fiction
Published: 26.08.2016; Views: 1134; Downloads: 71
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Updating Romance: Women in Traditional Romance Fiction Vs Women in Contemporary Romance FictionNina Košir
, 2016, undergraduate thesis
Abstract: Romance fiction is one of the popular fiction genres. It focuses on the romantic relationship of two characters and it must have a satisfactory ending, the ‘happily-ever-after’. While the genre follows the familiar plot line, it has also depicted the current society and social norms. The graduation thesis is an insight on the historical development of romance fiction, the emergence of its subgenres, its popularity with readers and gradual acceptance by the critics. Considering that it is a genre mainly written for and by women, the thesis focuses on women readers and women characters. In order to present the similarities and difference between a Traditional Romance novel and a Contemporary Romance novel, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and the Austen Addicts series by Victoria Connelly are compared.
Keywords: romance fiction, subgenres, love story, Traditional Romance fiction, Contemporary Romance fiction, Jane Austen, Victoria Connelly
Published: 15.02.2016; Views: 524; Downloads: 83
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A THEMATIC ANALYSIS OF DAN BROWN`S NOVEL ANGELS AND DEMONS WITH REFERENCE TO CURRENT AND HISTORICAL CATHOLIC CHURCH POLICY AND THEOLOGYNataša Jakob
, 2016, undergraduate thesis
Abstract: I have decided to analyze the novel Angels and Demons written by Dan Brown in my diploma. The work is non-canonical and contains many clichéd themes. However, some non-canonical works deserve much more critical attention than they actually get, and Angels and Demons is one of them.
Dan Brown invented an incredible plot with many entanglements and subplots. All of the plots and subplots are resolved in the end. The novel is pure fiction. Brown uses, but distorts, historical events in order to tell his story.
In my diploma I argued why there has historically been a conflict between science and faith and I wanted to build a bridge between them, and to show how Brown's novel manipulates this conflict. The novel takes the reader on an incredible journey through Rome and the Vatican. I analyzed the main three characters of the novel, and showed how the priest, Carlo Vantresca, does not respect the Canon of the Holy Scripture.
At the end I came to the conclusion that everything in the world is related. Science is born from religion and they can complement one another, as Pope John Paul II stated: “Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. Each can draw the other into a wider world, a world in which both can flourish” (John Paul II. A letter To the Reverend George V. Coyne SJ,Director of the Vatican Observatory). Literature, like Brown's, can deal with these themes in many ways, but because Brown's novel sensationalizes them for commercial purposes, it cannot be considered to be serious literature.
Keywords: angels, demons, corrupt, history, distortion, conflict, science, faith, religion, fact, fiction, murder
Published: 03.06.2016; Views: 917; Downloads: 75
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