The Jewel-Hinged Jaw

The Jewel-Hinged Jaw Notes on the Language of Science Fiction

Revised Edition

Paperback (06 Aug 2009) | English

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Samuel R. Delany's The Jewel-Hinged Jaw appeared originally in 1977, and is now long out of print and hard to find. The impact of its demonstration that science fiction was a special language, rather than just gadgets and green-skinned aliens, began reverberations still felt in science fiction criticism. This edition includes two new essays, one written at the time and one written about those times, as well as an introduction by writer and teacher Matthew Cheney, placing Delany's work in historical context. Close textual analyses of Thomas M. Disch, Ursula K. Le Guin, Roger Zelazny, and Joanna Russ read as brilliantly today as when they first appeared. Essays such as "About 5,750 Words" and "To Read The Dispossessed" first made the book a classic; they assure it will remain one.

Book information

ISBN: 9780819568830
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Pub date:
Edition: Revised Edition
DEWEY: 814.54
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 254
Weight: 408g
Height: 230mm
Width: 154mm
Spine width: 21mm