Imagining Outer Space

European Astroculture in the Twentieth Century

  • Alexander C.T. Geppert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Narrating Outer Space

  4. Projecting Outer Space

  5. Visualizing Outer Space

  6. Encountering Outer Space

  7. Inscribing Outer Space

  8. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 351-351
    2. Philip Pocock
      Pages 353-379
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 381-443

About this book


Imagining Outer Space makes a captivating advance into the cultural history of outer space and extraterrestrial life in the European imagination. How was outer space conceived and communicated? What promises of interplanetary expansion and cosmic colonization propelled the project of human spaceflight to the forefront of twentieth-century modernity? In what way has West-European astroculture been affected by the continuous exploration of outer space? Tracing the thriving interest in spatiality to early attempts at exploring imaginary worlds beyond our own, the book analyzes contact points between science and fiction from a transdisciplinary perspective and examines sites and situations where utopian images and futuristic technologies contributed to the omnipresence of fantasmatic thought. Bringing together state-of-the-art work in this emerging field of historical research, the volume breaks new ground in the historicization of the Space Age.


20. Jahrhundert 20th century empire Europe fascism fiction France Germany history media popular culture film, TV, literature

Editors and affiliations

  • Alexander C.T. Geppert
    • 1
  1. 1.New York UniversityCenter for European and Mediterranean StudiesNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-95338-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-95339-4
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