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Gomel, Elana. “Shapes of the Past and the Future: Darwin and the Narratology of Time Travel.” Narrative (Oct2009, Vol. 17, No 3): 334-352.
Kincaid, Paul. “On the Origins of Genre.” Extrapolation (Winter2003, Vol. 44 Issue 4): 409-419.
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Westfahl, Gary. “Evolution of Modern Science Fiction: The Textual History of Hugo Gernsback’s “Ralph 124C 41+”.” Science Fiction Studies (Mar1996, Vol. 23, No. 1): 37-82.
I think of these five very promising sources the last one, by Gary Westfahl, is going to be THE MOST promising because of the title. The “Evolution of Modern Science Fiction” is almost word for word my thesis, which is pretty awesome. Hopefully this article by Mr. Westfahl will be abounding with just the information I need (I have a good feeling that it is).