Thurs. 2-3:30 Cont.
common. In fact, the cliche provides precisely
the same sorts of stability, impetus to
questioning, and ultimate reassurance in the face
of overwhelming change that science fiction does.
If science fiction, as a genre, is prone to being
cliched, that tendency then, is no fault, but
rather an element inherent in the genre.
H.J. SCHULZ, Vanderbilt University, "Science Fiction
Criticism and Some Principles of an American-German
Since the early 1950's German interest in science
fiction has increased steadily, as evidenced both
in publications and in the classroom. But in
contrast to similar developments in the U.S., this
process does not entail a canonization of science
fiction. Early formal and thematic concerns
(Gerber to Hienger) have given way to ideological
and sociological considerations with the result
that the American attempt to integrate science
fiction into mainstream categories is counteracted
by a German critical movement which equates
science fiction exclusively with its lowest
commercial forms. Both positions rest on firm
methodological bases; their mediation is therefore
very much in order.
Session VI, Thursday,
1979, United States. Directed my Marc Huestis. With
Gregory Cruikshank, Janice Sukitus. "Not just
another vampire movie, this moody, Gothic
psychodrama moves with the abrupt mercilessness of
a nightmare from 17th century Salem, where same-sex
affection is punishable by burning, to a
contemporary Kafkaesque cityscape of loneliness
and isolation." — Marc Huestis.
Film: BEWARE OF A HOLY WHORE
1970, West Germany. Directed By Rainer Werner
Fassbinder. An autobiographical meditation on
filmmaking in a class with 8 1/2, Contempt, an
Day for Night. The action is set at a seaside
luxury hotel where a movie cast and crew spend
their spare time assaulting each other verbally,
emotionally and sexually. These mangled people all
hupe to be made complete by contact with the "holy
whore": the cinema.
GARY ALAN RUSE, reading an excerpt from The Gods of
Gary Alan Ruse, a native of Miami, is a regular
contributor to Analog, and the author of three
novels, Houndstooth, A Game of Titans, and the
recent Gods of Cerus Major, released in hardcover
last January by Doubleday. He will read a
selection from that. Gary has also illustrated
several children's books.
C. BRUCE HUNTER, reading "A Frenzied Beat of Wings,"
from Other Worlds II.
C. Bruce Hunter is a resident of Chapel Hill,
North Carolina, where he is finishing a doctorate
in education. He writes mysteries for Ellery
Queen, Alfred Hitchcock and Mike Shane magazines,
fiction in Jerry
and has published
CHARLES PLATT, reading "The Coldness."
Charles Piatt, a veteran of
author/editor/publisher of The Patchin Review,
most controversial (notorious?)
the field, is the author o
classics as Garbage World,
Twilight of the City,
lack of trouble," he
f such scatological
space operas like
doomsday books like
fer trouble to the
in an interview in
IMAGINARY SOCIETIES AS SOCIAL
CHAIR: Terry M. Parssinen, Temple University.
ANNETTE S. LEVITT, Phildelphia, "William Blake's
Vision of America."
During the years of the American Revolution
William Blake's sympathies were clearly not those
of his monarch, George III. Indeed, Blake
idealizes America in several poems of the 1790s,
personifying the young nation in his Visions of
the Daughters of Albion, and glorifying its heroes
in the poem entitled America. At the same time,
he attacks England for its role in the slave
trade, for its exploitation abroad and at home.
In his poems and in their illustrations, Blake
reviles the evils of the monarchy— of English
society— as he creates an America of purit -,nd
EDWARD HIRSCH, Wayne State University, "The Imaginary
Throughout the nineteenth century, but
particularly in post-famine Ireland, there was an
increasing interest in the rural customs and
stories of the Irish country people. This interest
deeply intensified— indeed it may be said that
the Irish peasant was fundamentally "discovered" or
"created" and his characteristics fixed for
posterity— during the early years of the Irish
Literary Revival. The idea of the primitive Irish