West Virginia University Philological Papers

Articles from Vol. 52, Fall

A Princess of Where? Burroughs's Imaginary Lack of Place
Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote A Princess of Mars in 1911, and All-Story Magazine published it as a pulp serial in 1912. The novel tells the story of John Carter's journey to the fourth planet, which the natives call Barsoom. At the time of the novel's...
At Ease in Zion? Imaginary Places in James' Journey to Jerusalem
In an early scene in the feature film James' Journey to Jerusalem, illegal migrant workers in an Israeli prison draw a map on the wall of their cell. Various places are identifiable on the map: Belgrade, Bucharest, Manila, Sofia. The Philippines are...
Borges and Tango: Imagining Argentina
To a blind man, all places are, visually speaking, imaginary. However vivid his memories of a city, a street, a house, or a room, what he actually visualizes is no more and no less real than his own imagination. Jorge Luis Borges, who went blind in...
City of Souls: Yeats's Byzantium as an Imaginary Place
There are eight million stories in the naked city but no master narrative. Real cities are chaotic if not quite random, noisy and confused, immersed in what Dickens in Little Dorritt calls "the usual uproar." Imaginary cities, however, are not bound...
Creativity and Destruction: Robert Kroetsch's Notikeewin Trilogy
After European explorers in the fifteenth and sixteenth century found the North American land mass--assuming it was India and naming the indigene people Indians--it became a mythic new world for the Europeans. The idea of the discovery of North America...
Fictional Socialism: Blurring Genre Boundaries in Alex De la Iglesia's Mutant Action
Critics and filmmakers frequently attribute the dearth of Spanish science fiction films to the lack of money for financing special effects that can compete with those of US movies. Following the catastrophic failure of Fernando Colomo's El caballero...
Goodbye Lenin, Hello GDR That Never Was
Two films, which were made thirty years apart, try to come to terms with daily life in the shadow of the Berlin Wall. One film was produced in the former East Germany and the other in the reunified Germany: Die Legende von Paul und Paula (dir. Heiner...
Heroic Matriculation: The Academies of Spenser, Lewis, and Rowling
C.N. Manlove in Modern Fantasy: Five Studies defines fantasy as a "fiction evoking wonder and containing a substantial and irreducible element of the supernatural ... [which] can produce an imprint on our imaginations deep enough to give it a measure...
Hollywood as Imaginary in the Work of Horacio Quiroga and Ramon Gomez De la Serna
During the Silent Film Era, two important writers initiate a round of filmic narrative: Horacio Quiroga (1878-1937, Uruguay) and Ramon Gomez de la Serna (1888-1963, Spain). Their fiction thematically incorporates the celluloid art, its makers, actors,...
Introduction
This present volume featuring refereed articles on the theme, "Imaginary Places," originally delivered at the thirtieth annual Colloquium on Literature and Film, September 15-17, 2005, reveals, I think, some of the many ways in which to interpret the...
Ireland as an Imaginary Place in W. B. Yeats's the Herne's Egg
With the exception of The Player Queen, The Resurrection, Calvary, and the two Oedipus adaptations, all of Yeats plays appear to take place in Ireland. In some cases, as with The Dreaming of the Bones where a true Yeatsian may actually trace each stop...
Magical Places in Isabel Allende's Eva Luna and Cuentos De Eva Luna
Widely recognized as a major contributor to Latin American literature, Isabel Allende holds a preeminent place in its literary history. In The Post-Boom in Spanish American Fiction (1998), Donald Shaw writes" "Without question the major literary event...
Paradise Imagined *
VENICE When you fly into Venice, you arrive at a new airport named after the city's most famous son, Marco Polo, the thirteenth-century traveler. Then, as you cross the lagoon by motorboat to your hotel, you see Venice rising from the water, a mirage,...
Terrifying Beauty: The Imaginary World of Garrett Serviss
Lunar mountains glittering with diamonds and asteroids formed of gold. Cities bathed in light and forests soaring a thousand feet above red vegetation. These splendors astonish Thomas Edison and the crews of his spaceships on their voyage through space...
The Imagined Communities of Quebec's Science Fiction and Fantasy: Esther Rochon's Cycle De Vrenalik
In Imagined Communities (1983, 1991) Benedict Anderson argues that national identity represents the product of a collective imagination rather than a real phenomenon. The evolving image of the "nation" of Quebec clearly illustrates this concept. From...