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individual standing midway between two basic human
impulses, masculine and feminine — involving an
ultimate recognition of this emotional and sexual
duality in Gawain himself.
jack Zipes, University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee.
"Feminist Fairy Tales and Cultural Criticism in
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PHILOSOPHY, SCIENCE AND SCIENCE FICTION
Chair: Thomas F. Baxley, Florida Atlantic University.
Justin Leiber, University of Houston. "The Future
In "The Future Present Tense" I explore the
characteristics which differentiate science fiction from philosophy, science, and fiction. I
reject the ideas that science fiction does not
play a potent role in the development of civilization, while science and philosophy dp, and that it
is intended merely as entertainment. Neither does
it simply present prophecies about the future, but
it is our literature of ideas expressed in the
future present tense. I maintain that science
fiction attends to and changes general features of
life rather than simply inventing a few incidents
and characters and that our own world is put in
relief through this contrast.
Richard W. Wolters, Doane College. "Science Fiction:
Literature and Philosophy."
I begin by defining science fiction and establishing that science fiction is more than a literary form. It is a culture-wide phenomenon, each
manifesta- tion of which displays in its own way
what I call the mythic signification of science
fiction. I then indicate the immense influence
this myth has had on contemporary philosophy,
analyzing its presence in Strawson's Individuals
as an example. Acceptance of the myth has some
disadvantages, however. I discuss one of these,
using a recent article by Richard Rorty as focal
point, and argue that philosophers should back
away from the myth.
Frederick Bruce Olsen, Montgomery, Alabama. "Notes
Toward the Epistemology of Science Fiction."
I explore in functional terms the epistemology of
science fiction; or that is to say, the consideration of what is predicated to what, and in so
doing, define in a particular way the originality
of the genre. I also demonstrate the difference
between science fiction and other kinds of fiction
by showing how it occupies a new place in the complex bundle of fictional narrators and their
authority. My argument is historical as well as
analytical. Though relatable to other kinds of
fiction that have gone before it, science fiction
nevertheless occupies a previously unfilled niche
in the realm of fictional possibility.
THE COSMIC WINDOW: DREAM AND VISION AS REALITY
Chair: Joel N. Feimer, Mercy College.
Brigitte Pampel, Loyola University of Chicago.
"Stindberg's Dream Play: Dream and Reality."
Although the theme of suffering is found throughout Strindberg's work, his "inferno" brought with
it some obvious changes in dramatic form. Instead
of staging man's doomed existence in graphic and
naturalistic scenes, Strindberg in his later work
turned to visions to express the reality of the
human condition. The Dream Play (1902) serves as
an excellent example of this new method. The
structure of the play is similar to that of a
dream. The scenes are seemingly disconnected yet
meaningful to the play as as whole. The central
character is the daughter of the Buddhist god
^Indra, and she is to determine whether man's constant complaints are justified. It is in this
form of fantasy, dream, and vision that Stridberg
examines man's reality.
Frank Bryce McCluskey, Mercy College. "Borges: Dream
The Orient has prized dreams as a source of knowledge and inspiration. While there is this tendency in Western thought, they have not had a
central role in the mainstream of the analytical-
rational tradition. The Argentine writer Jorge
Luis Borges stands outside this tradition and
values the dream on a par with waking experience.
Borges uses the revelatory character of the dream
to point out some of the problems with the western
analytical rational tradition, and his use of the
dream points out other typologies that are possible. This paper will show that Borges' treatment
of the dream state challenges the whole ontology
and epistemology of mainstream western thought and
offers us a fresh perspective upon the world.
Joel N. Feimer, Mercy College. "The Rehabilitation of
Dream Vision in Doris Lessing's The Four Gated
The dream vision as an effective link between men
and cosmic reality, divinity, and eternity had a
long and august history in myth and literature
from classical antiquity to the early Renaissance.
The Age of Reason denied dream vision its veracity
and relegated it to the category of phantasm. With
the advent of modern psychology, interest in the
dream vision was revived. Martha Quest, the heroine of Lessing's The Four Gated City, wages a
successful campaign to reestablish the ancient
value and function of the dream vision for her
generation and ours.
HOW DO I KNOW WHO I AM UNTIL I SAY WHO I AM: LANGUAGE
AS SELF-DISCOVERY IN MODERN DRAMA
Chair: Francis Gillen, University of Tampa.
Edelma de Leon, Appalachian State University. "The Man
I Made Up Is Me: Self-Discovery in Sam Shepard's