Academic journal article West Virginia University Philological Papers

Introduction

Academic journal article West Virginia University Philological Papers

Introduction

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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 challenge set before our participants. Obviously, describing life on Mars, let us say, presents the opportunity to push the envelope, but we have also included papers on such considerably more mundane places as Jerusalem and East Berlin, real cities, even real streets, and yet the original depictions have been intentionally warped, however subtly. Faulkner made a visible reality out of his imaginary Yoknapatawpha County. Here real places are bent to fictional ends. Consider, as well, two contrasting treatments of William Butler Yeats, the dramatist-poet of the land of the imaginary, or a look at Chile's sometimes under-appreciated mistress of magical realism, among a rich farrago of delights our contributors afford us.

The keynote address by Hart Wegner, film professor and writer at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, plays upon the titles of Milton's epics to reveal the delights of Italian cities not quite credible in the first place. If not as imaginary as the sites in Milton they are equally visions of perfection.

Next fall, October 4-6, we resume with the Colloquiums, to deal with "Stage and Screen Today. …

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