By George Edgar Slusser, Eric S. Rabkin, Robert E. Scholes

ISBN-10: 0809310430

ISBN-13: 9780809310432

13 unique essays written in particular for the second one Eaton convention on technology Fiction and myth Literature, held February 23–24, 1980, on the college of California, Riverside. These essays display the range of fable varieties and their pervasiveness during the a while and may stimulate additional examine of this complicated and elusive mode. The essays—by Harold Bloom, author and DeVane Professor of the arts at Yale college; Larry McCaffery, Assistant Professor of En­glish at San Diego kingdom college; Marta E. S?nchez, teacher of English on the college of California, San Diego; Arlen J. Hansen, Professor of English on the college of the Pacific, Stockton; David Clayton, teacher of Comparative Literature on the collage of California, San Diego; Robert Sale, author and Professor of English on the collage of Washington; G. Richard Thompson, Professor of English at Purdue Univer­sity, West Lafayette; Robert A. Collins, Coordinator of the an­nual Swann convention at the awesome and teacher at Flor­ida Atlantic collage, Boca Raton; John Gerlach, affiliate Professor of English at Cleveland country collage; David Ket­terer, author and Professor of English at Concordia college, Montreal; George R. Guffey, Professor of English on the Univer­sity of California, l. a.; Jack P. Rawlins, affiliate Pro­fessor of English at California country college, Chico; and Gary Kern, author and translator of early Soviet literature—examine fable on many degrees of curiosity: as a component of human idea, as a continuing consider the social and highbrow surroundings, and as a generator of shape in paintings and literature.

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The first two essays make use of individual works or writers to raise general problems about the thematics of fantasy. John Gerlach considers the possibility both that the creation of fantasy may depend on certain themes and that these themes may have been "exhausted," may have lost their generative power. Through detailed analysis of a single story, García Márquez's "Very Old Man with Enormous Wings," a modern work which seems to have as its theme the impotence of fantastic themes themselves, Gerlach concludes that fantasy, if viewed as a linguistic process rather than as the result of that process, in fact has endless resources, becomes the "wings," or higher theme of language itself.

S. Lewis was ambivalent, rather than George Macdonald, who justifies the odd principle as to literary fantasy that Lewis brought forth on behalf of Macdonald: The texture of his writing as a whole is undistinguished, at times fumbling. . But this does not dispose of him even for the literary critic. What he does best is fantasyfantasy that hovers between the allegorical and the mythopoeic. . It begins to look as if there were an art, or a gift, which criticism has largely ignored. It may even be one of the greatest arts; for it produces works which give us (at the first meeting) as much delight and (on prolonged acquaintance) as much wisdom and strength as the works of the greatest poets.

But I cannot effect such a division without first expounding and also criticizing the Freudian account of the two principles. Though Freud assigns temporal priority to the pleasure/pain principle, I will discuss the reality principle first, precisely because of its high irrelevance to any theory of fantasy. Freud's principle of reality modifies, dominates and regulates the pleasure/pain principle, and so compels the human urges for fulfillment to go by detours and postponements, obstacles set by the external universe and by society.

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