Download e-book for kindle: Contours of the Fantastic: Selected Essays from the Eighth by Michele Langford

By Michele Langford

Addressing the area of the imaginary, the dream, the uncanny, the mystical, and all sorts of speculative fiction, Contours of the glorious is a suite of 22 essays that have been initially provided on the 8th foreign convention at the impressive within the Arts at Houston in 1987. the quantity supplies worthwhile views at the territory lined through the glorious, exhibiting the range of the sector and the range of ways used to survey and understand it. each one essay brings its personal approach to investigation--phenomenological, theoretical, historic, sociological, mental, textual--in an attempt to situate the border among truth and fable and the passage from one to the opposite. Authors and works mentioned within the quantity comprise Balzac, Dickens, Poe, Aldous Huxley, C. S. Lewis, Tolkien, Muriel Spark, Mary Shelley, Albee's The Zoo tale, Pynchon, Coleridge's Christabel, Le Fanu's Carmilla, and Stephen Donaldson's Thomas Covenant trilogies. Following the editor's introductory essay, the paintings is split into 7 sections: delusion and Discontinuity, idea of nationwide Fantasy--Tradition and Invention, awesome imaginative and prescient in kid's Literature, technology Fiction and myth motion pictures, Fusion, Transfusion, and Transgression within the extraordinary, the wonderful and technological know-how, and the glorious World--Space and Time. person essays inside those significant divisions 0 in on particular works of myth; provide a psychology of fable writers; examine language; examine delusion from a countrywide point of view; and examine Christian horror in fiction. the ultimate sections delineate the border among myth and reality--in technological know-how and with regards to area and time.

Among the phenomenal participants are Brian Aldiss, novelist, poet, and critic, writer of greater than dozen books-- a lot of that are thought of technology fiction classics; Vivian Sobchack, technology fiction movie critic and author on semiotics and phenomenology; and Nancy Willard, writer of prize-winning novels, accrued tales, poetry, and kid's books. Generalists in literature and the humanities, sociology, the normal sciences, engineering, and aeronautics in addition to scholars and students, aestheticians, and critics of the fantasy/science fiction genres in literature, movie, and paintings will locate this assortment either an invaluable and engaging volume.

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