• Books as Metaphors in The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451

    Author(s):
    Ádám Tamás Bogár (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Subject(s):
    20th-century American literature, Science fiction, Book history, Cultural studies
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Ray Bradbury
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/yyc2-bx83
    Abstract:
    Ádám T. Bogár examines the role of books in Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles. It is a commonplace, of course, to note that books occupy a central place in Bradbury’s famous novel of book burning, or even in his breakthrough book whose tales of Mars include, say, the Poe-based revenge-uponthe-small-minded of “Usher II.” Bogár, however, looks at books not only as metaphors but also as something that creates a sense of comfortable domesticity and as something that, with the opening or closing of a Bible, for example, can punctuate a literary scene. In addition, the chapter also explores the physicality of Bradbury’s books, draws connections between some of Bradbury’s lyrical fancies, like the metal Martian book that sings when its raised lettering is stroked, and the postbook technology of our own world.
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