Coordinates: Placing Science Fiction and Fantasy


These thirteen original essays were written specifically for the Third J. Lloyd Eaton Conference on Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, held February 21- 22, 1981, at the University of California, Riverside.

Leslie Fiedler sets the tone of this volume by fixing a basic set of coordinates- that of "elitist" and "popular" standards.

Those replying to his charge are: Eric S. Rabkin, Professor of English at the Univer sity of Michigan and author of The Fantastic in Literature, "The Descent of Fantasy"; Gerald Prince, Professor of French at the University of Pennsylvania, "How New is New?"; Mark Rose, Professor of English at the University of California at Santa Barbara, author of Alien Encounters, "Jules Verne: Journey to the Cen ter of Science Fiction"; Joseph Lenz, who teaches English Literature at the University of Michigan, "Manifest Destiny: Science Fic tion Epic and Classical Forms"; Michelle Massé, of the English Department at the George Mason University, " All you have to do is know what you want': Individual Ex pectations in Triton ";Gary K. Wolfe, who teaches English at Roosevelt University, au thor of The Known and the Unknown, "Autoplastic and Alloplastic Adaptations in Science Fiction: Waldo' and Desertion'" ; Robert Hunt, an editor with Glencoe Press, "Sci ence Fiction for the Age of Inflation: Reading Atlas Shrugged in the 1980s"; George R. Guffey, Professor of English at UCLA, " Fahr enheit 451 and the Cubby-Hole Editors' of Ballantine Books"; H. Bruce Franklin, Pro fessor of English and American Literature at Rutgers University at Newark, "America as Science Fiction: 1939 "; Sandra M. Gilbert, Professor of English at the University of Cal ifornia at Davis, and coauthor with Susan Gubar of Madwoman in the Attic, "Rider Hag gard's Heart of Darkness"; the aforemen tioned Susan Gubar, Professor of English at Indiana University, " She in Her/and: Femi nism as Fantasy"; and George R. Slusser, Cu rator of the Eaton Collection, "Death and the Mirror: Existential Fantasy."

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Eric S. Rabkin
  • Mark Rose
  • Joseph M. Lenz
  • Michelle Massé
  • Robert Hunt
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Carbondale, IL
Publication year:
  • 1983


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