Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts

Articles from Vol. 21, No. 3, Fall

A Reluctant Ambassador from the Planet of Midnight
Note: The bracketed portions of the text indicate actions by the speaker. I'D LIKE TO THANK THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE FANTASTIC IN the Arts for dedicating this year's ICFA to the theme of race in the literature of the fantastic, and...
Authenticity, Ethnography, and Colonialism in Philip K. Dick's the Man in the High Castle
The truth of art lies in its ability to break the monopoly of established reality (that is, of those who established it) to define what is real. --Herbert Marcuse IN HIS 1962 NOVEL THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, PHILIP K. DICK EXPLORES the relationship...
Diversity and Difference: Cosmopolitanism and the Lord of the Rings
I mean, admittedly, it's not a haven for the brothers. You know, strictly the Caucasian persuasion in the 'Dale. --Mr. Trick, "Faith, Hope & Trick" (1) MR. TRICK'S ASIDE MIGHT BE A COMMENT NOT JUST ON BUFFY THE VAMPIRE Slayer's Sunnydale...
Dragons I Have Known and Loved
I FIRST HEARD ABOUT DRAGONS AND OTHER MAGICAL CREATURES FROM MY maternal grandmother. From her, I learned that Chinese dragons were benevolent creatures who brought the rains and helped make crops grow. I grew up in an African American neighborhood...
Introduction: Race and the Fantastic
The 2010 International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts was devoted to the theme of Race and the Fantastic. The response at the conference was so strong that we have devoted an entire issue of the Journal to the same theme. While it might seem...
Laurence Yep: An Introduction
GOOD EVENING, AND WELCOME TO THE GUEST OF HONOR EVENT. MY NAME is Amy Branam, and I have the privilege of introducing our Guest of Honor, Mr. Laurence Yep. Mr. Yep has received numerous awards for his children's fiction, including two Newbery Honor...
Nalo Hopkinson: An Introduction
NALO HOPKINSON'S FIRST NOVEL, BROWN GIRL IN THE RING (1999), WAS one of the most significant--and celebrated--debuts within recent science fiction. A winner of the Locus Award for best first novel, it also secured its author the John W. Campbell Award...
Race and Black Humor: From a Planetary Perspective
1. A Racist Joke Storming Katrina Black humor is a literary concept that is undoubtedly very useful for rethinking the fantastic in the arts. However, before reexamining this concept seriously in the context of multi-ethnic literary history, let...
Ruskin Bond's "Whispering in the Dark": A Fantastic Quest for Identity
THIS ARTICLE SEEKS TO EXPLAIN HOW FANTASY IS EMPLOYED IN A SHORT story in a metafictional manner to demonstrate the symptoms of unconscious dithering in the minds of a racially and culturally mixed community called the Anglo-Indians. British rule in...
Strange Worlds-Paths and Spaces of the Fantastic in the 21st Century/Fremde Welten-Wege Und Raume der Fantastik Im 21. Jahrhundert
October 1st of 2010 marks the beginning of a new era for the European fantastic as the German-based Gesellschaft fur Fantastikforschung e.V. (GFF) (Association for Research on the Fantastic) inaugurated itself at its first annual conference at the...
Takayuki Tatsumi: An Introduction
Back in the twentieth century, when I was working on my master's degree at Virginia Tech, Len Hatfield, one of my professors at the time, suggested Storming the Reality Studio for those of us in his postmodern speculative fiction class. This book was...
The Circle and the Cross: Womanhood, Manhood, and Cultural Destruction in Prophetic African Literature
MUCH AFRICAN LITERATURE CHRONICLES CULTURAL DISINTEGRATION caused by the imposition of European economic and socio-legal domination beginning with colonization. But the literature also shows the more insidious interpersonal erosions caused by cultural...