Fri. 11-12:30 Cont.
CHAIR: Marshall B. Tymn, University of Eastern
STEVE ENG, Nashville, "The Poetry of Fantasy: A
Study in Research and Collection."
VINCENT MIRANDA, West Palm Beach, "Fantastic Film
Scholarship: A Modern Approach to Research."
SARAH CLEMENS, West Palm Beach, "Fantastic Art: A
(No Abstracts available.)
Session IX, Friday,
2 - 3:30 p. m.
Author of several of the acknowledged classics in
the field (The Immortals, The Listeners, The Joy
Makers), Gunn is also its most prestigious academic
Road to Science Fiction, four
volumes, is its most impressive collegiate text.
His latest novel is The Dreamers (1981 retitle
The Mind Masters in paperback, 1982). The story
he will read is taken from Best Science Fiction of
the Year, 1978 (ed. Wollheim).
MICHAEL P. KUBE-McDOWELL, reading "Murphy's Planet."
Michael P. Kube-McDowell's offering is a new
story, set in the same universe as his recent
cover story in Asimov's. He's an ex-National Merit
Scholar with degrees in science education from
Michigan State and Indiana University, sold his
first story in 1979 to Amazing, has since
published in Analog, Asimov's, Twilight Zone
Perpetual Light (anthology), and appears in the
latest Worlds Best SF (ed. Wollheim). He's a
space exploration enthusiast, and also writes
"science fact" articles for various publications.
Film: AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD
1973. West Germany. Directed by Werner Herzog. With
Klaus Kinski, Helena Rojo, Ruy Guerra, Del Negro.
In the mid-1500's, a large Spanish expedition
searching for the mythical lost city of El Dorado
detached an advance party to explore a tributary
of the Amazon; they never returned. Werner Herzog
has extrapolated this obscure historical incident
into Aguirre, the Wrath of God, a spectacularly
horrifying chronicle of imperialism gone amok.
DON'T MISS THIS FILM!!!
Film: I AM MY FILMS: A PORTRAIT OF
1978, West Germany. Directed by Christian Weisenborn
and Edwin Keusch. A closeup portrait of the man
whom The New York Times called "the most unusual
and the greatest of the moviemakers who have
appeared in West Germany in the past decade." I
Am My Films encompasses Werner Herzog's childhood,
his early sense of mission and self-imposed
ordeals, the genesis and making of his films, as
well as illustrative clips from all his major
JAMES GUNN, reading "Child of the Sun."
James Gunn is Professor of English at the
University of Kansas, president of Science Fiction
Research Association, past president of Science
Fiction Writers of America, and one of our
Writers' Workshop faculty (he also runs his own
science fiction workshop each summer in Kansas).
FANTASTIC CONTEMPORARIES: FRONT
PAGERS IN MODERN FICTION
CHAIR: Stanley Fogel, St. Jerome's College.
WALTER HERRSCHER, University of Wisconsin - Green
Bay, "Robert Kennedy Saved From Drowning:
Barthelme's Ironic Rescue."
Donald Barthelme's "Robert Kennedy Saved from
Drowning" is in the contemporary anti-mimetic mode.
Eschewing many of the conventional methods of
story-telling, Barthelme portrays Kennedy in a
confusing and contradictory way, showing bits and
pieces of the Kennedy image as it has been
transmitted to us. Finally, in a bizarre
climactic scene, the author "rescues" Kennedy by
pulling him from the sea of trivia in which
contemporary notable figures are immersed. But it
is an ironic rescue which ultimately adds up to
little that makes conventional sense. Kennedy
remains unknown, but the reader does have a vision
of meaningless contemporary existence as Barthelme
and other fictionists see it.
MARC THACKRAY, Dalhousie
University, "Coover's and
In The Public Burning Robert Coover deconstructs
Richard Nixon and many of the other leading
figures involved in the sentencing and executing
of the Rosenbergs to reveal the cliched and
streotyped attitudes they had towards the
Rosenbergs. Coover also reveals the stereotypes
into which the Rosenbergs were turned by Nixon and
the others. Doctorow's Rosenbergs are less
radically appropriated into fiction. Nonetheless,
here too the Rosenbergs are not rendered as
transparently as writers of the so-called
non-fiction novel might have treated them.
HELEN S. GARS0N, George Mason University, "Fantasy and
Self-Destruction in Truman Capote."