Intersections: Fantasy and Science Fiction

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George Edgar Slusser, Eric S. Rabkin
SIU Press, 1987 - Literary Criticism - 252 pages

These 17 essays from the seventh annual J. Lloyd Eaton Conference examine the relationship between fantasy and science fiction.

They propose that fantasy and science fiction are not isolated commercial literary forms, but instead are literary forms worthy of the recognition reserved for traditional literature. Discussion of genre identification ranges from the standard forms of literary criticism embodied in Aristotle’s mimesis and poesis to innovative and possibly controversial points of view such as a theory of humor, a philosophy of time, and a detailed analysis of Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat.

The essays provide not only a detailed study of literary elements but also the historical treatment of the material, its commercial use, and its relationship to similar literary forms such as the gothic tale and horror fiction. While few of the essayists agree with one another, they all contribute creative insights to the debate.

 

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Contents

Thoughts on Science Fantasy
3
Fantasy or Science Fiction?
19
Some Discriminations Between
26
Science Fiction and the Semiotics of Realism
36
Fantasy and Science Fiction
48
A Writers View
55
Literature Fiction Romance
63
Science Fiction and Philosophy
74
Reflections on Time Travel
107
Frames in Search of a Genre
119
The And in Fantasy and Science Fiction
133
Fantasy and Horror
171
Science Fantasy and Myth
181
Science Fiction Fantasy and Mythology
190
Going Around in Generic Circles
201
Notes
227

The First Modern Fantastic
87
Science Fiction
97
Biographical Notes
241
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About the author (1987)

George E. Slusser is Curator of the Eaton Collection and Adjunct Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside. Eric S. Rabkin is Professor of English at the University of Michigan. He is author of The Fantastic in Literature.

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