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by one Prime mover and First Agent: love. The
characters who love experience the expansion and
multiform transformation of matter, that is, a
universe full of greater possibilities. The characters who either refuse love, mistake it, or
never encounter it live in a maddening world of
fixed motion and obsessive time. While the narrator's name often remains the same from story to
story, the farcical, reduced language in stories
without love lacks the poignant, lyrical quality
of those that center on love, indicating that the
realities governing affective existence permeate
the domain of fantasy.
Brian O'Laughlin, Loyola University. "The Nonexistent
Knight: Calvino's Existential Fantasy."
In Calvino's The Nonexistent Knight the author
jibes at the philosophical meaning of essence and
existence via an existential fairytale concerning
an empty suit of armor masquerading as a real man.
FANTASY IN THE WORKS OF ROGER ZELAZNY
Chair: Carl B. Yoke, Kent State University.
Joseph Francavilla, University of Buffalo. "These
Immortals: Another View of Immortality in Roger
Roger Zelazny departs in his treatment of immortality from a very pervasive dystopian tradition
which includes the key formulations involving
spirits of the dead, the Lotus-Eaters, and the
struldbrugs in The Odyssey and Gulliver's Travels.
Zelazny's immortal is a divine, Promethean figure
who uses his extended lifetime to protect and
sacrifice for the people and things he cherishes,
and to erase his "classical" flaws in the process
of redefining his identity. Zelazny's view of
immortality is generally positive without being
Utopian or completely unambivalent.
Joseph Sanders, Lakeland Community College, Mentor,
Ohio. "Zelazny's Dilvish Series."
Although a relatively minor part of Zelazny's
work, the Dilvish series is not negligible. In
particular, since the stories were such a long-
term project, study of them shows how Zelazny's
writing has matured over the years while his interests have remained constant. Zelazny's style
has become more informal or mixed in diction,
while his organization appears looser. At the
same time, Zelazny demonstrates a continued distrust of immutable verities, a wry uneasiness in
the presence of "pure" motives, and a chastened
acceptance of the need to improvise constantly if
one is to reach some humanly acceptable satisfaction.
Gregory M. Shreve, Kent State University. "Intimate
Circuits: Man-Computer Communion in Coils."
Coils is a love story, about love between man and
woman, and man and machine. Ttie central premise
presented by Saberhagen and Zelazny is that the
basis of love is communion, a joining of intellect
and spirit. This communion is possible between
man and intelligent machine if man is capable of
surpassing communication and entering a more intimate form of union, the emotional. Through his
psychic abilities the protagonist establishes a
link with a central machine consciousness. His
communion with this entity is an exploration of
the emotional forms that man and intelligent
machine may establish share.
FANTASY AND PSYCHE
Chair: Jo M. Turk, Florida Atlantic University.
David Halperin, M.D., New York City. "Richard Dadd:
The Artist as Inpatient."
The career of Richard Dadd is as notable for its
artistic achievement as for its tragedy. A
promising artist in Victorian England, he murdered
his father during a psychotic episode. Confined
to Bedlam for the rest of his life, he then
created a series of visionary and fantastic paintings, among them his acknowledged masterpiece, The
Fairy Fellar's Master Stroke. This paper will
attempt an explication of this extraordinary work
within the framework of a psychodynamic and
psychoanalytic understanding of Dadd's life. In
addition, the issue of Dadd's hospitalization
within the context of both Victorian and modern
perspectives on hospitalization and institutionalization will be discussed.
Paul Gaston, Southern Illinois University. "Doorways
to Fantasy in Davies' 'Deptford Trilogy' ."
Although the novels which comprise Robertson
Davies' "Deptford Trilogy" do not belong to the
genre of fantasy writing, they are concerned
throughout with means of access to fantasy. As
each major character must face the threats which
fantasy can pose, so each requires the restorative
forces which fantasy can provide. But doorways to
fantasy are not easily discovered. And those
which give access to its authentic force may well
open onto long, obscure corridors, with no clear
end in sight.
"THE YELLOW PERIL" IN SCIQJCE FICTION
William F. Vfti and Vincent Miranda.
How the Image of the Asian in American Science Fiction
Contributes to Racial Discrimination.
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