Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 3, Fall

Art, Cosmic Horror, and the Fetishizing Gaze in the Fiction of H. P. Lovecraft
In the stories of new England speculative fiction writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft, characters seem incapable of the objective detachment requisite to an aesthetic judgment. When confronted with natural spectacles that ought to give rise to a feeling...
Billiani, Francesca, and Gigliola Sulis, Eds. the Italian Gothic and Fantastic: Encounters and Rewritings of Narrative Traditions
Billiani, Francesca, and Gigliola Sulis, eds. The Italian Gothic and Fantastic: Encounters and Rewritings of Narrative Traditions. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2007. 243 pp. Cloth. ISBN 978-0-8386-4126-2. This anthology is divided...
Duda, Heather L. the Monster Hunter in Modern Popular Culture
Duda, Heather L. The Monster Hunter in Modern Popular Culture. Jefferson: McFarland, 2008. 192 pp. Softcover. ISBN 978-0-7864-3406-0. $35.00. If vampires should be read as a mirror, reflecting the attitudes and beliefs of the time and place from...
Extraordinary Pasts: Steampunk as a Mode of Historical Representation
Introduction The publication of two dedicated anthologies of steampunk short stories (Extraordinary Engines, edited by Nick Gevers, and Steampunk, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer) in 2008 shows that steampunk fiction is alive and well, and far...
Frankenstein without Frankenstein: The Iron Giant and the Absent Creator
MARY SHELLEY'S 1818 NOVEL FRANKENSTEIN HAS INSPIRED AN ALMOST uncountable number of film adaptations, many of which have in turn spawned their own sequels, series, spin-offs, mega-franchises, and finally parodies: the Frankenstein tradition has matured...
Gordon, Andrew. Empire of Dreams: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of Steven Spielberg
Gordon, Andrew. Empire of Dreams: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Films of Steven Spielberg. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2008. 302 pp. Paperback. ISBN 978-0-7425-5578-5. $26.95. Andrew Gordon's Empire of Dreams: The Science...
Hassler, Donald M., and Clyde Wilcox, Eds. New Boundaries in Political Science Fiction
Hassler, Donald M., and Clyde Wilcox, eds. New Boundaries in Political Science Fiction. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2008. 362 pp. Cloth. ISBN 978-1-57003-736-8. $44.95. New Boundaries in Political Science Fiction is a follow-up...
Insects and Automata in Hoffmann, Balzac, Carter, and del Toro
FROM THE ROMANTIC ERA ONWARD, REPRESENTATIONS OF INSECTS AND automata have provided compelling metaphors for conflicting manifestations of imaginative process in the literature and, more recently, cinema of the fantastic. In the following essay, I...
Introduction: The Form of the Content of the Form
HISTORY IS A TALE WE TELL OURSELVES ABOUT THE PAST, BUT THERE IS NO past, not here, not now. There is only the present, including the odd fragments from the wreck of the past that have washed ashore around us. We look these over, we read the words...
"More Fantasy Crap," or, Why We Fight
ONE OF MY RITUALS, EVERY TIME I BEGIN A MAJOR PROJECT, IS TO SUBMIT A proposal for a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It's a harmless pastime, rather like the one Mark Twain described in arid Nevada: "One of the pleasantest...
Redmond, Sean. Studying Blade Runner
Redmond, Sean. Studying Blade Runner (Revised "Student" Edition). Leighton: Auteur, 2008. 95 pp. Trade Paper. ISBN 978-1-903663-79-0. $15.00. Though initially derided by audiences and critics--in fact prematurely relegated to endless cable television...
Religion, Monstrosity, and the Sovereign Decision in Blish's a Case of Conscience
ORSON SCOTT CARD RECENTLY REMARKED, "IN MOST HUMAN SOCIETIES, THE religion is coterminous with the polity.and the powers of the state are not separated from the powers of the church." Card makes an interesting point when he connects the influence of...
Review Essay: Dark Enlightenment: On John Clute's Darkening Garden
Clute, John. The Darkening Garden: A Short Lexicon of Horror. Cauheegan: Payseur & Schmidt, 2006. 162 pp. Cloth. ISBN-13: 978-0978911409. $35.00. Despite its modest size, this small volume is a veritable cornucopia of insights, observations,...
Riquelme, John Paul, Ed. Gothic and Modernism: Essaying Dark Literary Modernity
Riquelme, John Paul, ed. Gothic and Modernism: Essaying Dark Literary Modernity. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. 236 pp. Paperback. ISBN 978-0-8018-8865-6. $25.00. Gothic and Modernism is essentially a reprint of Modern Fiction...
Shakespearean Reincarnations: An Intertextual Reading of J. G. Ballard's "The Ultimate City"
So, of his gentleness Knowing I love my books, he furnished me From mine own library with volumes which I prize above my dukedom --Prospero, Duke of Milan THERE ARE SEVERAL SIGNS TELLING US THAT J. G. BALLARD'S CANONIZATION process...
Technophobia and the Cyborg Menace: Buffy Summers as Neo-Human Avatar
DURING THE POST-COLD WAR 1990S, AMERICAN PARANOIA SHIFTED AWAY from national and individual threats to fear of US governmental conspiracies and technology in general. Popular television shows like Chris Carter's The X-Files (1993-2002) recast the foreign...
Telotte, J. P., Ed. the Essential Science Fiction Television Reader
Telotte, J. P., ed. The Essential Science Fiction Television Reader. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2008. 356 pp. Hardcover. ISBN: 978-0813124-92-6. $45.00. J. P. Telotte's excellent new collection of essays by a variety of scholars, The...
The Lord of the Rings' Interlace: From Tolkien to Tarot
Introduction J. R. R. Tolkien's reinvention of the medieval "romance" in The Lord of the Rings (1954-55) was complete; his famous narrative not only demonstrates that genre's markers of allegorical or archetypal characters, quest theme, and interlaced...
The Postcolonial Fantastic as New Ground of Invention: Reading Carole McDonnell's "Lingua Franca"
IN RESPONSE TO SPECULATIVE FICTIONS THAT PERPETUATE RACISM AND CULTURAL appropriation, writers engaged with postcolonial questions about representation employ science fiction and fantasy for the purposes of social and cultural critique. Their reterritorializations...
The Watchers: Tales of Tomorrow on Television
The object had for a moment opened to him the view of a wide and spacious and strange country ... --H. G. Wells, "The Crystal Egg" A MONSTROUS, DISFIGURED HAND THROWS A SWITCH. STREAKS OF ELECTRICITY buzz and zigzag across the television screen....
Verne, Jules. the Kip Brothers
Verne, Jules. The Kip Brothers. Trans. Stanford Luce. Ed. Arthur B. Evans. Introduction and Notes by Jean-Michel Margot. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2007. 508 pp. Jacketed cloth. ISBN 978-0-8195-6704-8. $29.95. Verne, Jules. The Mysterious...
When Curiosity Gets the Better of Us: The Atomic Bomb in the Magician's Nephew
THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW BY C. S. LEWIS WAS PUBLISHED IN 1955, THE YEAR IN which the National peace Council of Great Britain launched its campaign against the manufacture of the H-bomb. Having completed his novel the previous year, Lewis could not have...
Whitley, David. the Idea of Nature in Disney Animation
Whitley, David. The Idea of Nature in Disney Animation. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2008. 154 pp. ISBN 978-0-7546-6085-9. $65.00. Doing Disney has always been dangerous. For decades at regional, national, and even international academic...
Wilson, D. Harlan. Technologized Desire: Selfhood and the Body in Postcapitalist Science Fiction
Wilson, D. Harlan. Technologized Desire: Selfhood and the Body in Postcapitalist Science Fiction. Hyattsville: Guide Dog Books, 2009. 208 pp. Softcover. ISBN: 978-1-933293-73-8. $14.95. D. Harlan Wilson takes up a difficult but ultimately fruitful...