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reality of living — lends itself to fantasy; and
ED created the language necessary to treat the
subject successfully in this mode. Among poems
elucidated to explore this fantastical dimension
are "The not live yet," "Behind me dips eternity,"
"No crowd that has occurred," "The Bible is an
Antique volume," "Two lengths has every day,"
"This world is not conclusion," "Great streets of
silence led away," "I felt a funeral in my brain,"
"The only News I know/Is Bulletins all Day/From
FANTASTIC ANIMALS IN NAIVE EXPRESSIONS:
Chair: Joan Digby, C. W. Post College, L.I.U.
Marjorie Gottheimer and Joyce Rosa, C. W. Post College,
L.I.U. "The Tarasque: History and Iconography of
a Fantastic Animal."
The Tarasque was said to have infested the banks
of the Rhone River where it lay in wait to trap
wandering children. Depicted in different ways by
various anonymous artists and craftsmen, the
monster is seen sometimes as a hybrid dragon and
sometimes as a lion, most times as a combination
of both. The most frightening aspect of the beast
is the fact that the face appears to be very human
because of the eyes and nose. The paper traces
the monster from pre-history to the recent past
where, in the city of Tarascon, a yearly fete
celebrating the taming of the beast by St. Mar the
was still held. The dispursion of the myth
through Southern France and Spain shows how a
cultural idea has been transmitted by legend and
Allene S. Phy, Alabama State University. "Miss Bianca:
Mouse Heroine of Fantasy Fiction."
Miss Bianca is clearly an animal fantasy, within
the fable, fairy tale convention. Between 1959
and 1972 she appeared as an engaging character in
a continued series of books intended for children
but with some adult appeal. In vivid words and
illustrations Margery Sharp and Garth Williams
have devised a compassionate and witty contemporary animal fantasy. Miss Bianca is a highly individual "personality," yet is at the same time a
proud member of her species.
Theresa Eppridge, College of New Rochelle. "Fantastic
Images in the Prints of Leah Qumaluk."
Dream, legend, and tradition are the sources of
inspiration for Leah Qumaluk, a well-known Eskimo
printmaker from the Canadian Arctic. By distortion and fusion of forms she achieves imagery that
is both powerful and grotesque. Some of the boldness of the prints comes from the techniques used
to produce them. This paper accompanied by slides
considers sources of Qumaluk's images, the
cultural significance of her iconography, and the
techniques used to create the characteristic
qualities of these graphic prints.
LOVE AND WAR
Chair: Philip Kuhn, University of Florida.
Ralph Yarrow, University of East Anglia. "War as Myth
and Archetype: Confrontation and Transformation in
Celine and Simon."
War as chaotic experience becomes the ultimate
challenge to the constructive imagination. Celine
and Simon use its symbolic energy to destroy vieux
mythes of behaviour, language and identity; their
use of metaphor and syntax presents war as an
elemental situation of confrontation. But irony
and narrative distance prevent masochistic self-
indulgence, and instead assure the possibility of
learning to reorganize structure on the other side
of night and dissolution. War thus reveals and
triggers fundamental qualities of human consciousness, relocating language and identity as a continuous project.
Brian Murphy, Oakland University. "The Beatles: Their
Sound Has Gone Out."
The songs of The Beatles, from 1963 to 1970, are
remarkable not only for their influence on popular
music and cultural history, but their dramatic
coherence — as if many of the songs constituted a
kind of gigantic song cycle built around a standard three-act conflict: boys find love; boys
lose love; boys, through remarkable acts of imagination and a faith in fantasy, find a renewed and
Mindy Percival, Florida Atlantic University. "Life (?)
After Nuclear War."
Many themes in fiction, science fiction, and fantasy help distance readers from the horror of a
nuclear event, and thus actually aid in creating
acceptance of this possibility. Notions of life
after death, space colonization, and the purging
and rebuilding of civilization are some of the
themes that work toward this end. Science fiction
and fantasy are thus "champions of a false security" regarding the nuclear issue.
MONSTERS IN ARTHURIAN LEGEND
Chair: Thomas E. Vesce, Mercy College.
R. H. Thompson, Acadia University. "The Dragon in
Medieval Arthurian Romance: Chretien de Troyes'
The Dragon appears with surprising rarity in
medieval Arthurian romance. As an examination of
the function of the fire-breathing serpent within
the structure of Chretien de Troyes' Yvain shows,
reasons can be found in the rationalizing tendency
of the romance genre on the one hand, and the
specifically diabolical associations of the dragon
on the other.
Richard R. Griffith, Long Island University. "A Ebe at
Every Ford: Monsters in Sir Gawain and the Green