Trajectories of the Fantastic: Selected Essays from the Fourteenth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts

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The essays in this volume examine elements of the fantastic in a variety of media. From the fiction of Toni Morrison, Stephen King, and Chinua Achebe, to the rock songs of David Bowie, the fantastic is seen as adaptable to any art form. In an accessible manner, the contributors present fresh approaches to examining the elements of the fantastic in literature, film, music, and popular culture. The collection features an essay by Ursula K. Le Guin.

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Overview

The essays in this volume examine elements of the fantastic in a variety of media. From the fiction of Toni Morrison, Stephen King, and Chinua Achebe, to the rock songs of David Bowie, the fantastic is seen as adaptable to any art form. In an accessible manner, the contributors present fresh approaches to examining the elements of the fantastic in literature, film, music, and popular culture. The collection features an essay by Ursula K. Le Guin.

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This collection of papers presented at the March 1993 conference covers the undermining of domestic conventions in the fiction of Mary Shelley and Angela Carter; challenges to the gender dynamic in science fiction and the British gothic novel; the blurring of boundaries between fantasy and mainstream literary fiction; the mutual influence between science fiction and rock music; and the dialogue between the fantastic and film and the ways in which this dialogue is being used for cultural critique. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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MICHAEL A. MORRISON is a David Ross Boyd Professor of Physics and English at the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Changing Kingdoms: A Talk for the Fourteenth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, March 17-21, 1993 3
No Paradise to be Lost: Deconstructing the Myth of Domestic Affection in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 15
Using the Fantastic to Disrupt the Domestic: An Examination of Marriage and Family in Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus and Wise Children 27
Androgyny and Difference in Science Fiction 39
Androgynous Architecture: Fantasies of Gender Bending in the British Gothic Novel 47
The Role of the Fantastic in African Narratives: From Sundiata to Things Fall Apart 57
Behemyth Evolving: Whale/Ape/Rocket 65
Apocalyptic Grotesque: The Day of the Locust 79
Unraveling the Mystery of Toni Morrison's Beloved 87
King as Classic: Excellence, Relevance, Endurance 97
The Seductive Doom in Young-Adult Fantasy 105
Pop Meets the Avant-Garde: Music and Muzak in Michael Moorcock's Jerry Cornelius Stories 117
Future Legends: David Bowie and Science Fiction 129
Architecture, Duality, and Personality: Mise-en-Scene and Boundaries in Tim Burton's Films 141
Beauty in the Beast: Technological Reanimation in the Contemporary Horror Film 161
Screening Desire: Posthuman Couplings in Atom Egoyan's Speaking Parts and David Cronenberg's Videodrome 171
A Few Remarks About a Couple of Things: Hawks and Carpenter Reconfigure Campbell 183
Version/Inversion: Paranoia in Three Cases of Bodysnatching 195
Greek Gifts: Vision and Revision in Two Versions of Night of the Living Dead 203
Index 213
About the Editor and Contributors 217
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