Unearthly Visions: Approaches to Science Fiction and Fantasy Art

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Gary Westfahl, George Edgar Slusser, Kathleen Church Plummer
Greenwood Press, Jan 1, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 166 pages
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A pioneering scholarly examination of the rich and fascinating fields of science fiction and fantasy art, this book stimulates scholarly interest in these areas by offering both surveys of the entire history of these traditions and focused examinations of particular genres and artists. In contrast to existing studies of science fiction and fantasy art, this volume argues that the subject needs to be explored within different contexts, such as literary history, art history, and cultural history. In addition, it maintains that certain trends should be followed across the field, such as art displaying recurring iconic images and art related to particular subgenres. The volume places special emphasis on studies that connect science fiction and fantasy artists to the authors and works they have illustrated. The contributors include several internationally recognized and award-winning science fiction writers and scholars. In addition to its historical surveys, the book provides detailed examinations of space art, representative artists Richard M. Powers and Frank Frazetta, and the major illustrators of noted children's author Margaret Wise Brown and famed fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien.

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GARY WESTFAHL teaches at the Learning Center of the University of California, Riverside.GEORGE SLUSSER is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside.KATHLEEN CHURCH PLUMMER is Lecturer in Design at the University of California, Davis.

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