The Fantastic in World Literature and the Arts: Selected Essays from the Fifth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts

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Donald E. Morse
Greenwood Press, Jan 1, 1987 - Literary Criticism - 250 pages

From a discussion of the problem of communicating with non-human beings and a review of popular fantastic films to an examination of stage portrayals of Dr. Frankenstein's monster, the essays included reflect and reinfoce the international appeal of the fantastic. Studies on J.R.R. Tolkien, Lewis Caroll, Carlos Fuentes, Edgar Allen Poe, Jorges Luis Borges, and others show how writers, artists, and directors use the impossible as a way of presenting familiar problems and themes--such as the relation of the past to the future or our attitudes towards death--in a new light. Several essays suggest new or newly refined ways of approaching the fantastic in literature from a critical standpoint, while others focus on the visual and kinetic arts. Taken together, the essays accurately mirror the flux and vitality of the current study of the fantastic in the arts.

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DONALD E. MORSE is Visiting Professor of American, Irish, and English Literature at the University of Debrecen, Hungary, and Professor Emeritus of English and Rhetoric at Oakland University. He is the author of numerous articles on Vonnegut and his previous books include The Fantastic in World Literature and the Arts (1987), More Real than Reality: The Fantastic in Irish Literature and the Arts (1991), and The Celebration of the Fantastic (1992), all available from Greenwood Press.

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