Thurs. 11-12:30 Cont.
traditions surrounding the figure of the Sibyl: in
art, as the ancient prophetess of the Gentiles; in
literature, as the Queen of the earthly paradise,
with reference to Andrea da Barberino's Guerino il
Meschino, Michelangelo and other interpreters of
WILLIAM E. LEPARULO, Florida State University,
"Fantasy and Figurative Art in Boccaccio's and
Boccaccio's characters and places in the Decameron
show a limited imagination for figurative arts.
Pasolini's Decameron on the contrary displays a
surprisingly rich fantasy through
reconstruction of famous paintings.
of La Fonatines'
The illustrations of Marc Chagall are unique in
any iconography study of La Fontaine's Fables.
Traditional materials are handled with shades of
feelings not to be found in earlier illustrations.
In particular, Chagall's approach to animal
depiction in the Fables is at variance with that
of practically all the previous collections of
fables that had found favor with the public. He
is not so much interested in the morals of the
stories as he is in the general spirit and feeing
of the work. Thus, not only are his illustrations
more humorous than his predecessors, but his
exaggerated and fantastic interpretations of
various animal types have never been surpassed.
This is the reason why Chagall, more than any
other artist, has truly captured the comic genius
of La Fontaine.
FANTASTIC ANIMALS: COLLECTIONS OF
C.S. LEWIS: LANGUAGE, MYTH,
CHAIR: Joan Digby, C. W. Post College
BERYL ROWLAND, New York University. "The Physiologus
and its Relationship to the Hexameron of St.
The Physiologus takes its material from many of
the same sources as St. Basil, expanding it and
making it the basis of extended Christian
moralizations. Yet, despite a generous use of the
same stereotypes, the differences between the two
works are striking. St. Basil includes graphic
analogies that are not applied to the same animals
in the Physiologus or in the expanded version, the
Bestiary. Whereas the writer of the Physiologus is
indifferent to natural phenomena and is frequently
more concerned with the sense of the allegory than
its tenor, in St. Basil's Hexameron the scholar
still looks at the real world and reflects on its
marvels. Thus, the most conspicuous difference
betwen St. Basil's treatment of the animal world
and that of the compiler of the Physiologus lies
in St. Basil's obvious enthusiasm for Nature. This
enthusiasm gives rise to fresh, perceptive images,
to specific details that bring the reader close to
the world of Virgil's Georgics.
DAVID L0CKW00D, Cumberland College, "A Comparative
Study of Animal-Bird Imagery: Hieronymus Bosch and
Francisco Goya Y Lucientes."
This presentation will show Bosch's art combining
Animal-Bird imagery, both real and fantastic, with
non-secular motifs. It will demonstrate an
underlying imagery heavily interlaced with
Christian leonography, symbolic allusion, popular
beliefs and conceptions of the Medieval. In
comparison, this presentation will discuss Goya's
graphic art also combining Animal-Bird imagery,
both real and fantastic, but with secular motifs
dominant. The imagery of Goya is also disguised in
order that its personal, political, religious,or
satirical inspiration could not be identified.
RAYMOND LePAGE, George Mason University, "Marc
CHAIR: Donald E. Morse, Oakland University.
COLLINGS, Pepperdine University,
on Toast: Language Acquisition in C.S.
In spite of Lewis's acumen with languages, his
treatment of language acquisition in Out of the
Silent Planet comes closer to
science-fictional treatments than to
assessment of the difficulties
first-contact attempts at
communications. His purposes in
novel far transcend his interest in scientific
verisimilitude; and as a result, his handling of
language becomes a tool by which he can illustrate
and define his conception of a unified Christian
PETER W. MACKY, Westminster College, "Myth As the Way
We Can Taste Reality: An Analysis of C.S. Lewis's
C.S. Lewis was a master myth-maker,
continuing popularity of his numerous
clearly demonstrates. Lying behind his
create fantastic worlds was a developed
the contribution that fantasy and myth
our lives. He suggested that by means
can come to "taste" reality itself,
knowing about it as observers at a dist
essay suggests what he meant by this
what value his theory may have.
can make to
of myth we
JEANNETTE HUME LUTTON, Morehouse College, "A Passion
of Patience: Ransom in the Waste Land."
How much does C.S. Lewis resemble T.S. Eliot in
his adaptation of the Medieval romance to modern
use? By surveying the comparative settings,
characters, and stories we find there are enough
parallels to conclude that The Waste Land is a
pervasive allusion in That Hideous Strength in
nearly the same way that Paradise Lost is in
Perelandra. Yet there are major differences:
e.g., the moral climate which in the fantasy leads