Friday, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
the Micoprocessor — the Birth of a Narrative
Micro-based games promise to develop into a full-
fledged narrative genre. The distinctive
characteristics of the genre, despite its infancy,
can already be identified. In order to illuminate
these characteristics, we will look at a subset of
the genre — travel to another time — and compare
it to the treatment of time-travel in prose narrative. To illustrate the distinctive aspects of
the genre, a new video game will be shown,
demonstrated, and discussed.
VISIONARY IMAGES IN THE VISUAL ARTS
Chair: Amy Golahny, Normal, Illinois.
Craig Adcock, Florida State University. "The Dada
•Cyborg' and Its Heritage."
The cyborg (cybernetics + organism) is a recurring
image in science fiction. The part-human, part
machine entity is generally equipped to survive in
some harsh environment. The cyborg image in
science fiction was anticipated in the world of
visual art. One example is Raoul Hausmann's collage, Tatlin at Home, 1920. For the dadist
Hausmann, the metaphor of the cyborg also involved
survival. My paper will explore the history and
development of the cyborg as a dystopian metaphor
in 20th-century art and literature.
O.J. Rothrock, University of New
'Temptation of St. Anthony.'"
Jacques Callot etched his first version of the
"Temptation of St. Anthony" in Florence in 1616-
1617. In contrast to compositional traditions,
however, in particular Bosch and Breughel,
Callot's design is derived from the visionary
scenes in the underworld in Medici theatre. This
"spectacular" treatment of the subject addresses
itself less to fantasy in the sense of objective
distortions or inventions than it does to the
mind's subjective or hallucinatory capacities.
Callot's "diableries" are intellectually convincing travesties of scientific anatomy.
Francine Koslow, McGill University, Montreal.
"Visionary Images: Apparitions, Dreams, and Nightmares in Romantic and Symbolist Art."
No abstract available.
Yvonne Korshak, Adelphi University. "Visionary Transcendence in Painting."
No abstract available.
particular) and Satan (or demons in general) all
have specific iconographic meanings — many of
which denote the sexual excesses of satyrs and
demons. Numerous representations of satyrs and
demons are found in 15th and 16th century prints,
but the distinction between these figures is
nearly imperceptible. What is perceptible,
however, is the dualism of the representations,
which vary according to country of origin. In
Germany and Flanders the satanic depictions
concentrate on the devil's lascivious maleficence.
In Italy anad France the satyr's erotic yearnings
Kathleen Russo, Florida Atlantic University. "From
Overt Eroticism to Sexual Fantasy in 18th Century
During the first half of the 18th Century sexual
themes, which enjoyed a tremendous popularity,
were often treated with candor and humor. As the
18th Century progressed, the change in social
structure and morals suppressed the former overt
treatment of these sexual themes and created a
tension and power that eventually leads to a very
fanciful and sometimes bizarre treatment of topics
dealing with love and sex. Henri Fuseli, among
other late 18th Century artists, also reflects
this trend, which eventually influenced many 19th
Century artists. In this presentation, specific
examples of art from the early to late 18th Century will be shown and discussed in reference to
this change in the treatment of sexual themes.
Gwendolyn Layne, Vanderbilt University. "Western Ways
with Eastern Things: Oriental Sexuality in the
Illustrative Art of Mervyn Peake and Aubrey
Europe's collective daydream of the Orient primarily involves sexual fantasy, and when Occident and
orient collide in literature and art, the resulting hybrid is charged with energy and design
foreign to both traditions. When western artists
illustrate an oriental text, or a text modeled on
an oriental theme, style is modified to reflect
the imagined Eastern ambience of eroticism or
sexuality. Comparisons of Mervyn Peake's and
Aubrey Beardsley's illustrations, with illustrations from various editions of Arabian Nights (and
some examples of "the real thing" — Oriental
erotic art) support this thesis.
SATURDAY, MARCH 26
9-10:30 A. M.
EROTICISM IN FANTASTIC ART
CRITICAL APPROACHES IN SCIENCE FICTION
Chair: Donald Palunbo, Northern Michigan University. Chair: Marshall B. Tymn, Eastern Michigan University,
Paul Grootkerk, Mississippi State University. "Dualism
of the Devil/Satyr Image in 15th and 16th Century
Prints: Demonism vs. Eroticism."
The multiple attributes of the satyr (or Pan in
Joe DeBolt, Central Michigan University. "Manufacturing the Future: International Variations in
Publishing and their Effects on Science Fiction."
Abstract not available.