The Shape of the Fantastic: Selected Essays from the Seventh International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (Hardback)
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The Shape of the Fantastic: Selected Essays from the Seventh International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (Hardback)

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Hardback 284 Pages / Published: 25/01/1990
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Grotesques, angels, Beast-Man, and the Medusa are among the marvelous cast of characters analyzed in this volume. Originally presented at the 7th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts held in 1986, these essays are stimulating responses by scholars to a range of creative works by Mark Strand, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Kafka, Tolkein, Henry James, Julio Cortazar, Sherwood Anderson, Ursula Le Guin, I.B. Singer, Joyce, and others. Examining both mainstream and fantasy literature from many nations, the authors zero-in on the myriad shapes of the fantastic and study the world of SF and film. Five sections treat the fantastic from various enlightening perspectives and seven figures illustrate the essays' provocative theses. In Part I, Discovery and Interpretation, five authors sleuth out surprising elements of fantasy in poetry, short fiction, and a neo-Romantic fairy tale. Also in Part I, an inquiry is made of fantasy in the post-modernist movement. The Inexplicable Reality of Part II refers to deaths that are anything but terminal and four essays chronicle fantastic occurrences whose scientific rationale is tenuous at best. The fifth article traces the elusiveness of fantasy in a number of authors and works. Beast-Man, angels, the Medusa, and other Marvelous Beings are the subject of six essays in Part III. In Part IV, Fantasy in Symbiosis with other Forms, six essays consider the combination of fantasy with murder mystery, with taoism, with the symbolism of the tarot, with Freudian dreams, and with other genres. In the final section, From Fantasy to Science Fiction: Critical Considerations, essays address fantasy and Science Fiction in film, present a discussion between 2 critics of science fiction, and view the history and development of the contemporary SF novel. Series Editor Marshall B. Tymn's selected bibliography of criticism on the fantastic supplements the bibliographies that follow each essay and completes this remarkable work: fascinating reading for generalists; a necessity for students and scholars, aestheticians and critics of the fantasy and SF genres in literature, film, and art.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313261985
Number of pages: 284
Weight: 581 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"I liked, for the most part, THE SHAPE OF THE FANTASTIC. There is research and thought of the highest order."-True Review
..."the general level of scholarship is high, and the collection presents a good picture of the state of academic criticism of fantasy when the conference was held in 1986."-SFRA Newsletter
?I liked, for the most part, THE SHAPE OF THE FANTASTIC. There is research and thought of the highest order.?-True Review
?...the general level of scholarship is high, and the collection presents a good picture of the state of academic criticism of fantasy when the conference was held in 1986.?-SFRA Newsletter
?Scholarly essays comprising this volume were selected elected from an international conference on the theme of the "Fantastic in the Arts': the result is a varied collection which examines different genres for elements of the fantastic and their characterization and construction. Articles offer some wonderful in-depth analyses of the effects and creation of fantasy settings and characters, offering connections which mingle various genre elements and literary issues with psychological insights and critical assessments. Theories and roles of fantasy in writing, specific writers' achievements (Tolkien, Le Guin and James, among others), and gender and other issues in fantasy works make for a diversity of themes, approaches, and critical forms. The result will appeal to literary audiences with a prior interest in and familiarity with science fiction and fantasy efforts across a broad spectrum of time and genres.?-The Midwest Book Review
.,."the general level of scholarship is high, and the collection presents a good picture of the state of academic criticism of fantasy when the conference was held in 1986."-SFRA Newsletter
"Scholarly essays comprising this volume were selected elected from an international conference on the theme of the "Fantastic in the Arts': the result is a varied collection which examines different genres for elements of the fantastic and their characterization and construction. Articles offer some wonderful in-depth analyses of the effects and creation of fantasy settings and characters, offering connections which mingle various genre elements and literary issues with psychological insights and critical assessments. Theories and roles of fantasy in writing, specific writers' achievements (Tolkien, Le Guin and James, among others), and gender and other issues in fantasy works make for a diversity of themes, approaches, and critical forms. The result will appeal to literary audiences with a prior interest in and familiarity with science fiction and fantasy efforts across a broad spectrum of time and genres."-The Midwest Book Review

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