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Those 13 unique essays have been written in particular for the 3rd J. Lloyd Eaton convention on technology Fiction and fable Literature, held February 21–22, 1981, on the college of California, Riverside. Leslie Fiedler units the tone of this quantity through solving a uncomplicated set of coordinates—that of “elitist” and “popular” standards. Those replying to his cost are: Eric S. Rabkin, Professor of English on the Univer­sity of Michigan and writer of the wonderful in Literature, “The Descent of Fantasy”; Gerald Prince, Professor of French on the college of Pennsylvania, “How New is New?”; Mark Rose, Professor of English on the college of California at Santa Barbara, writer of Alien Encounters, “Jules Verne: trip to the Cen­ter of technological know-how Fiction”; Joseph Lenz, who teaches English Literature on the collage of Michigan, “Manifest future: technology Fic­tion Epic and Classical Forms”; Michelle Mass?, of the English division on the George Mason college, “‘All you want to do is recognize what you want’: person Ex­pectations in Triton”; Gary ok. Wolfe, who teaches English at Roosevelt collage, au­thor of The identified and the Unknown, “Autoplastic and Alloplastic diversifications in technological know-how Fiction: ‘Waldo’ and ‘Desertion’”; Robert Hunt, an editor with Glencoe Press, “Sci­ence Fiction for the Age of Inflation: studying Atlas Shrugged within the 1980s”; George R. Guffey, Professor of English at UCLA, “Fahr­enheit 451 and the ‘Cubby-Hole Editors’ of Ballantine Books”; H. Bruce Franklin, Pro­fessor of English and American Literature at Rutgers collage at Newark, “America as technological know-how Fiction: 1939”; Sandra M. Gilbert, Professor of English on the collage of Cal­ifornia at Davis, and coauthor with Susan Gubar of Madwoman within the Attic, “Rider Hag­gard’s center of Darkness”; the aforemen­tioned Susan Gubar, Professor of English at Indiana college, “She in Her/and: Femi­nism as Fantasy”; and George R. Slusser, Cu­rator of the Eaton assortment, “Death and the reflect: Existential Fantasy.”

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I forgot the past and scorned the future" (p. 266). Nothing matters for him now except the imperative of penetration to the center. " His journey, then, has become an initiation into the bourgeois-heroic attitude toward nature, a < previous page page_36 next page > < previous page page_37 next page > Page 37 "going in" in a social as well as a physical sense, and the story ultimately ratifies his new status as an adult male by granting him the hand of the professor's beautiful god-daughter, Gräuben.

Is the center literally reachable as Lidenbrock passionately believes? Or, as Axel's dream implies, is it in fact a magical place attainable only in dream or in vision or in fiction? What I hope my analysis of Verne's novel has suggested is the way the narrative is built upon an unresolvable incompatibility between a fundamentally materialistic ideology and a literary form that projects the world as ultimately magical in nature. Journey to the Center of the Earth can be taken as representative of science fiction in general.

Who would ever have imagined that inside the earth's crust there was a real ocean, with ebbing and flowing tides, winds and storms? (Pp. ") Not surprisingly, each at various points in the story believes that the other has gone mad. Near the end of the novel, however, Axel undergoes a conversion. Confronted with what appears to be an insurmountable obstacle to further descenta huge boulder has sealed the gallery through which they must passthe youth is suddenly seized by his uncle's demon of heroic conquest.

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