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several significant androgynous figures represent
a harmonious integration of polar oppositions. The
Castle is the mirror of K.'s misdirected search
for transcendence; in his obsessive pursuit of the
Castle, K. overlooks the paradisiacal state hidden
but immanent in the world he inhabits — the fertile union of sky and earth, reason and intuition,
the conscious and the unconscious.
Joshua Berrett, Mercy College. "The Edenic Vision in
The Creation of Franz Joseph Haydn."
The Creation (1799) of Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-
1809) has long been recognized as one of the
supreme masterpieces in the oratorio literature.
The vision of Eden which Haydn presents can be
seen from three points of view: 1) Haydn's lifelong delight in the simple joys and wonders of
creation — generally taken to be a natural outcome of his peasant upbringing; 2) Haydn's being
inspired by The Book of Genesis and Milton's Paradise Lost, both of which serve as his primary
textual sources; and 3) The realization of Haydn's
musical ideas in The Creation.
SHE'S A GREAT LITTLE SCIENTIST
Chair: Vincent Miranda, Science Museum, West Palm
Vincent Miranda, Science Museum. Film Narration.
Catherine McClenahan, Marquette University. Response.
Gary K. Wolfe, Roosevelt University. Response.
Chair: Richard Mathews, University of Tampa.
Dennis Badaczewski, Northern Michigan University.
"News From Nowhere: Fantasy as Revolution."
News From Nowhere is often viewed as a pastoral
romance describing a medieval future. Instead, it
should be approached as a Utopian fantasy critical
of capitalism and favorable toward Marxism. The
novel was written, at least partly, in response to
Bellamy's Looking Backward, a homage to the ultimate benefits of capitalism. Morris not only advocated the destruction of capitalism but fostered
its destruction by violent means. The violent
revolt in News From Nowhere is consistent with
Morris' work both before and after the publication
of the novel.
John Hollow, Ohio University. ""Another story now my
tongue must tell': Book XVII of William Morris'
The Life and Death of Jason."
In Morris' version if the Jason story, at the end
of his life Jason fantasizes himself again doing
great deeds, imagining against all facts of time
and circumstance that his life renews itself,
bringing him love and fame. But Book XVII should
teach him instead that "there is an end to everything." It is not just his dreams of passionate
desire which have an ending, for in all this world
all beds are metaphorically if not actually "drip
ping with blood and burning with fire" — all beds
eventually become death beds. What matters finally
is that the ancient patterns be affirmed, that the
hero escape from the cycles of life and desire,
and find rest.
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IMAGINARY SOCIETIES AS SOCIAL CRITICISM
Chair: O.M. Drekonja, St. John's University, Minnesota.
Lawrence R. Broer, University of South Florida.
"Negative Utopias: The Sad Paradise of San
Cat's Cradle, shows a world so devastated by forms
of mechanistic insanity that only a cynical religion like "Bokononism" will serve to make existence tolerable. Bokonon offers a solution based
upon "a bitter disapointment for which no remedy
exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything." The challenge awaiting the narrator on
San Lorenzo is to discover first of all that the
moral advantages of lying about the truth and of
surrendering to Bokononist fatalism are tragically
mistaken. Then Jonah must develop the necessary
will and courage to follow his conscience and act
against the totalitarian machinery that threatens
to engulf him.
Peter W. Macky, Westminster College. "C.S. Lewis's Out
of the Silent Planet as Social Criticism."
There can be little doubt that one of C.S. Lewis's
main purposes in writing Out of the Silent Planet
was to offer implicit criticism of the Silent
Planet by contrasting it with Malacandra. Thus it
is fitting that the novel be approached by asking
how it works as social criticism.
Gordon Patterson, Florida Institute of Technology.
"Science Fiction and Historical Consciousness: The
Idea of History in the Work of Philip Dick."
Readers are attracted to science fiction for many
reasons. Rarely, however, are science fiction
writers credited with deepening our historical
consciousness. This paper demonstrates that
science fiction plays a major role in influencing
our epoch's sense of history. The paper analyzes
the work of Philip Dick. Dick expresses a unique
sense of history throughout his work. The paper
concludes that Philip Dick succeeded in enhancing
our sense of history while writing science
THE EAOTAOTIC IN THE WORKS OF EDGAR ALLAN POE II
Chair: Richard Kbpley, Illinois State University.
Nicholas Ruddick, University of Regina, Canada. "The
Hoax of The Red Death: Poe as Allegorist"
Poe was contemptuous of allegory, yet The Masque
of the Red Death has been read as allegory by some