Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 1, Winter

Basham, Gregory and Eric Bronson, Eds. the Hobbit and Philosophy: For When You've Lost Your Dwarves, Your Wizard, and Your Way
Basham, Gregory and Eric Bronson, eds. The Hobbit and Philosophy: For When You've Lost Your Dwarves, Your Wizard, And Your Way. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2012. 262 pages. Paperback. ISBN 978-0470405147. $17.95. In one essay within Gregory...
Bell, Christopher E., Ed. Hermione Granger Saves the World: Essays on the Feminist Heroine of Hogwarts
Bell, Christopher E., ed. Hermione Granger Saves the World: Essays on the Feminist Heroine of Hogwarts. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2012. 223 pp. ISBN 978-0-7864-7137-9. $40.00. A great deal of thanks needs to be given...
Bottigheimer, Ruth B., Ed. Fairy Tales Framed: Early Forewords, Afterwords, and Critical Words
Bottigheimer, Ruth B., ed. Fairy Tales Framed: Early Forewords, Afterwords, and Critical Words. Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2012. 268 pp. Hardcover. ISBN 978-1-4384-4221-1. $80.00. At the International Society for Folk Narrative Theory conference in...
Botz-Bornstein, Thorsten, Ed. Inception and Philosophy: Ideas to Die For
Botz-Bornstein, Thorsten, ed. Inception and Philosophy: Ideas to Die For. Chicago: Open Court, 2011. 319 pp. Softcover. ISBN 978-0-812697-33-9. $19.95. In his brief introduction to Inception and Philosophy: Ideas to Die For, Thorsten Botz-Bornstein...
"But What Does It All Mean?" Religious Reality as a Political Call in the Chronicles of Narnia
"Oh, you're real, you're real! Oh Aslan!" cried Lucy, and both girls flung themselves upon him and covered him with kisses. "But what does it all mean?" asked Susan --(LWW 147-8) In an essay first published in 1946, George Orwell identifies...
Convention Un-Done: Un Lun Dun's Unchosen Heroine and Narrative (Re)Vision
Inasmuch as stories orient us to the world, to what is or may be possible, they not only condition our expectations about that world but also restrict the narrative pathways that can be taken to reveal its truths. China Mieville frequently utilizes...
Flieger, Verlyn. Green Suns and Faerie: Essays on Tolkien
Flieger, Verlyn. Green Suns and Faerie: Essays on Tolkien. Kent, Ohio: The Kent State University Press, 2012, xi + 331 pp. Paperback. ISBN 978-1-60635-094-2. $24.95. Verlyn Flieger, grande dame of Tolkien studies, has been writing on Tolkien for...
Gaspar, Enrique. the Time Ship: A Chrononautical Journey
Gaspar, Enrique. The Time Ship: A Chrononautical Journey. Trans. Yolanda Molina-Gavilan and Andrea L. Bell. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2012. 240 pp. Paper. ISBN 978-0-8195-7293-6. $24.95. In 1887, Enrique Gaspar was just another...
Germana, Monica. Scottish Women's Gothic and Fantastic Writing: Fiction since 1978
Germana, Monica. Scottish Women's Gothic and Fantastic Writing: Fiction since 1978. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010. 272 pages. Cloth. ISBN 978-0748637645. $105.00. As scientists, engineers, healers, explorers, and inventors, the Scots...
Introduction: Reinhabiting Fantasy
It is a truism that literary texts are not inert objects but living, changing systems. Both the life and the capacity to change depend on readers--and a good thing too, or literary scholars would be out of work, since everything that could be said...
"I Was a Ghetto Nerd Supreme": Science Fiction, Fantasy and Latina/o Futurity in Junot Diaz's the Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
By haunting the cultural sphere of the past, do we depoliticize the possibility for a viable Latino future? Or, even better, Why have we allowed the very futures of Latinidad to be colonized through an insistence on the narrative renderings of our...
Kripal, Jeffrey J. Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal
Kripal, Jeffrey J. Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2011. Hardcover. 370pp. (SBN-13: 978-0-26-45383-5; ISBN-10: 0-26-45383-9. $29.00. Mutants and Mystics by Jeffrey...
Leane, Elizabeth. Antarctica in Fiction: Imaginative Narratives of the Far South
Leane, Elizabeth. Antarctica in Fiction: Imaginative Narratives of the Far South. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 250 pp. Hardback. ISBN 978-1-107-02082-5. $95.00. Elizabeth Leane observes in her introduction to Antarctica in Fiction...
Luckhurst, Roger. the Mummy's Curse: The True History of a Dark Fantasy
Luckhurst, Roger. The Mummy's Curse: The True History of a Dark Fantasy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. 321 pp. Hardcover. ISBN 978-0-19-969871-4. $35.00. Roger Luckhurst's The Mummy's Curse: The True History of a Dark Fantasy is a fascinating...
Meehan, Paul. Horror Noir: Where Cinema's Dark Sisters Meet
Meehan, Paul. Horror Noir: Where Cinema's Dark Sisters Meet. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011. 304 pp. Paperback. ISBN 978-0-7864-4597-4. $39.95. Intended as a follow-up to the author's 2008 release Tech-Noir: The Fusion of Science Fiction and Film...
Ndalianis, Angela. the Horror Sensorium: Media and the Senses
Ndalianis, Angela. The Horror Sensorium: Media and the Senses. Jefferson, N. C.: McFarland, 2012. 224 pp. Paperback. ISBN 978-0-7864-6127-1. $40.00. Describing the act of watching Zombi 2's (Fulci, 1979) infamous ocular impalement sequence, Angela...
Reading Tolkien in Chinese
"To imagine a language," wrote Ludwig Wittgenstein, "means to imagine a form of life" (8). One of the strengths of J. R. R. Tolkien's works is the sense of a different form of life present in a language which despite its mannerisms is still ours. To...
Schmeink, Lars, and Astrid Boger, Eds. Collision of Realities. Establishing Research on the Fantastic in Europe
Schmeink, Lars, and Astrid Boger, eds. Collision of Realities. Establishing Research on the Fantastic in Europe. Berlin / Boston: De Gruyter, 2012. 364 pp. Hardcover. ISBN 978-3-11-027654-1. $126. This collection is the English-language volume of...
Schmeink, Lars and Boger, Astrid. Collision of Realities. Establishing Research on the Fantastic in Europe
Schmeink, Lars and Boger, Astrid. Collision of Realities. Establishing Research on the Fantastic in Europe. Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter, 2012. 364 pp. Hardback. ISBN 978-3-11-027654-1. $126.00. Collisions of Reality offers twenty-two interesting essays...
Seed, David, Ed. Future Wars: The Anticipations and the Fears
Seed, David, ed. Future Wars: The Anticipations and the Fears. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012. 302pp. Cloth. ISBN 978-1-84631-755-2. $95.00. David Seed's new book, Future Wars: The Anticipations and the Fears, provides readers with...
Smith, Andrew. the Ghost Story 1840-1920: A Cultural History
Smith, Andrew. The Ghost Story 1840-1920: A Cultural History. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010. 202 pp. Softcover. ISBN 978-0-7190-8786-8. $26.96. Although the ghost story originated in folklore and reached its height in Victorian literature,...
Steinberg, Marc. Anime's Media Mix: Franchising Toys and Characters in Japan
Steinberg, Marc. Anime's Media Mix: Franchising Toys and Characters in Japan. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. 314 pp. Paperback. ISBN 978-0-8166-7550-0. $25.00. The popular Japanese term "media mix," which describes what theorists...
St. Lovecraft
Lovecraft, H. P. The Classic Horror Stories. Roger Luckhurst, ed. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2013. 487 pp. Paperback. ISBN 9780199639571. $24.95. Harman, Graham. Weird Realism: Lovecraft and Philosophy. Winchester, UK: Zero Books, 2012. 268 pp. Paperback....
Telepathy and Cosmic Horror in Olaf Stapledon's the Flames
Olaf Stapledon's novella The Flames begins with the premise of a superhuman intelligence contacting contemporary humanity from a distant time. Many of Stapledon's fictions employed this scenario. Unlike the others, however, the flames in Stapledon's...
Vint, Sherryl. Animal Alterity: Science Fiction and the Question of the Animal
Vint, Sherryl. Animal Alterity: Science Fiction and the Question of the Animal. Liverpool, U.K.: Liverpool University Press, 2010. 269 pp. Paper. ISBN 9781846318153. $24.95. For any scholar of the fantastic interested in other animals, Sherryl Vint's...
Wittkower, D. E., Ed. Philip K. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids Have Kindred Spirits?
Wittkower, D. E., ed. Philip K. Dick and Philosophy: Do Androids Have Kindred Spirits? Chicago: Open Court, 2011. vii+355 pp. Paperback. ISBN: 9780812697346. $19.95. The 63rd volume of Open Court Press's "Popular Culture and Philosophy" continues...
Zipes, Jack. the Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre
Zipes, Jack. The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2012. 235 pp. Hard cover. ISBN 978-0-691-15338-4. $29.95. Fantasy scholars who work with fairy-tale materials...
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