The Jewel-Hinged Jaw

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


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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.

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • University Press of New England
  • Wesleyan University Press
  • Hanover, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 081956883X
  • 9780819568830
  • 384,354

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Author Information

Winner of both Hugo and Nebula awards and the Pilgrim Award for science fiction scholarship, SAMUEL R. DELANY currently teaches English and creative writing at Temple University. MATTHEW CHENEY is a columnist for Strange Horizons.

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"I re-read The Jewel-Hinged Jaw every year as a source of guidance, as a measure of what all criticism and literature should aspire to be, and as a challenge for those of us who want to write." JUNOT DIAZ, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist"

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