Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sith, Slayers, Stargates, + Cyborgs -- From Peter Lang

Sith, Slayers, Stargates, + Cyborgs: Modern Mythology in the New Millennium 
Whitt, David / Perlich, John (eds.)
Series: Popular Culture and Everyday Life - Volume 19
General Editor: Toby Miller

Year of Publication: 2008
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2008. X, 218 pp.
ISBN 978-1-4331-0095-6 hardback

Book synopsis
The beginning of the twenty-first century has already seen its fair share of modern myths with heroes such as Spider-Man, Superman, and Harry Potter. The authors in this volume deconstruct, discuss, engage, and interrogate the mythologies of the new millennium in science fiction fantasy texts. Using literary and rhetorical criticism - paired with philosophy, cultural studies, media arts, psychology, and communication studies - they illustrate the function, value, and role of new mythologies, and show that the universal appeal of these texts is their mythic power, drawing upon archetypes of the past which resonate with individuals and throughout culture. In this way they demonstrate how mythology is timeless and eternal.

John Perlich/David Whitt: Prologue: Not so Long Ago -
John Perlich: «I've Got a Bad Feeling About This...»: Lucas Gets Lost on the Path of Mythos -
David Whitt: Booyahs, Sonic Cannons, and a 50,000-Watt Power Cell: Teen Titans' Cyborg and the Frankenstein Myth -
Robert L. Strain Jr.: Galactica's Gaze: Naturalistic Science Fiction and the 21st Century Frontier Myth -
Scott Simpson/Jessica Sheffield: Neocolonialism, Technology, and Myth in the Stargate Universe -
Michael Marek: Firefly: So Pretty It Could Not Die -
Andrew Wood: «Small World»: Alex Proyas' Dark City and Omnitopia -
Tanya R. Cochran/Jason A. Edwards: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Quest Story: Revising the Hero, Reshaping the Myth -
Stephanie Kelley-Romano: Makin' Whoopi: Race, Gender, and the Starship Enterprise -
Beth E. Bonnstetter: Of Structures, Stories, and Spaceballs: Parody as Criticism of Genre Film and Myth -
John Perlich/David Whitt: Epilogue: The Circle is Now [In]complete.

About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Editors: David Whitt is Assistant Professor at Nebraska Wesleyan University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
John Perlich is Associate Professor at Hastings College, Nebraska. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

More (Again) from McFarland

The Anatomy of Utopia: Narration, Estrangement and Ambiguity in More, Wells, Huxley and Clarke 
Karoly Pinter
Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III
Foreword by Patrick Parrinder

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-4036-8
Ebook ISBN: (isbn not yet available)
notes, bibliography, index
244pp. softcover 2010
Price: $38.00

Since the early rise of the novel, utopian stories have held the public imagination. This critical text argues that though these books are commonly seen as social statements or ideological propaganda, they should be treated as literary texts, not as blueprints for a human community. Thomas More’s Utopia, H.G. Wells’s A Modern Utopia, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, and Arthur C. Clarke’s The City and the Stars are examined as texts representative of utopianism during specific historical periods. This thoughtful study is a vital addition to critical discussion of utopian literature.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      ix
Foreword by Patrick Parrinder      1
Introduction      3

1. Utopia the Protean Concept      11
2. Encounters with a Stranger      45
3. Glimpses of a Moving Picture      97
4. After Utopia? Anti-Utopia and Science Fiction in the 20th Century      136

Conclusion      192
Chapter Notes      197
Bibliography      215
Index      227

About the Author
Karoly Pinter is an university professor of American history at PPKE in Budapest, Hungary.
Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is in the English department at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

Science Fiction from Quebec: A Postcolonial Study 
Amy J. Ransom
Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-3824-2
Ebook ISBN: (isbn not yet available)
appendix, notes, bibliography, index
275pp. softcover 2009
Price: $39.95

This first book-length study of French-language science fiction from Canada provides an introduction to the subgenre known as "SFQ" (science fiction from Quebec). In addition, it offers in-depth analyses of SFQ sagas by Jacques Brossard, Esther Rochon, and Elisabeth Vonarburg. It demonstrates how these multivolume narratives of colonization and postcolonial societies exploit themes typical of postcolonial literatures, including the denunciation of oppressive colonial systems, the utopian hope for a better future, and the celebration of tolerant pluralistic societies. A bibliography of SFQ available in English translation is included.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments      1

INTRODUCTION. Articulations: Québec, Science Fiction, and the Postcolonial      5
ONE. SFQ: History and Themes      33
TWO. Alien Nations: Dominance and Oppression in the SFQ Saga      60
THREE. Utopia and New World Myth in Québec’s Science-Fiction Sagas      118
FOUR. Logiques métisses: Hybridity and Transculturalism      182

Appendix: A Selected Bibliography of French-Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy in English      213
Chapter Notes      223
Works Cited—Primary Sources      235
Works Cited—Secondary Sources      243
Index      257

About the Author
Amy J. Ransom teaches at Central Michigan University, specializing in Quebec studies. She earned the Science Fiction Research Association’s Pioneer Award in 2007 for her work on French-language Canadian science fiction. Her previous publications include a book about classic French fantastic stories, as well as essays on Quebec’s fantastic and horror literature and film, alternate history, and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French literature.
Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is in the English department at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

The Animal Fable in Science Fiction and Fantasy 
Bruce Shaw
Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III
Foreword by Van Ikin

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-4783-1
Ebook ISBN: (isbn not yet available)
bibliography, index
268pp. softcover 2010
Price: $35.00

Though animal stories and fables stretch back into the antiquity of ancient India, Persia, Greece and Rome, the reasons for writing them and their resonance for readers (and listeners) remain consistent to the present. This work argues that they were essential sources of amusement and instruction--and were also often profoundly unsettling. Such authors in the realm of the animal fable as Tolkien, Freud, Voltaire, Bakhtin, Cordwainer Smith, Karel Capek, Vladimir Propp, and many more are discussed.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Van Ikin      1
Preface      5
Introduction: Why Choose Animals?      9

1. The Beast Fable      15
2. Philosophies of Laughter      31
3. The Lineage of the Animal Fable      46
4. Recasting the Animal Fable: Short Stories      56
5. Recasting the Animal Fable: Novels and Novellas      76
6. Author Biographies: Private Experience and Societal Fears      96
7. Satire and the Carnivalesque 1: The Heart of a Dog      122
8. Satire and the Carnivalesque 2: War with the Newts      135
9. Companionate and Erotic Love 1: Sirius      148
10. Companionate and Erotic Love: 2: Wish      166
11. “It Had Been Such a Nice Rabbit!”: City      179
12. Crafted Tales: “The Dead Lady of Clown Town”      198
13. Good for Reading      217

Bibliography      223
Index      239

About the Author
Bruce Shaw did his early professional work in anthropology, compiling oral history of aboriginal Australians. Later, he took up English literature. He lives in Perth, Western Australia.
Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is in the English department at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

Writing and the Digital Generation: Essays on New Media Rhetoric 
Edited by Heather Urbanski

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-3720-7
Ebook ISBN: (isbn not yet available)
photo, notes, bibliographies, indexes
278pp. softcover 2010
Price: $35.00

Is it true that, in this era of digitization and mass media, reading and writing are on the decline? In a thought-provoking collection of essays and profiles, 30 contributors explore what may instead be a rise in rhetorical activity, an upsurge due in part to the sudden blurring of the traditional roles of creator and audience in participatory media. This collection explores topics too often overlooked by traditional academic scholarship, though critical to an exploration of rhetoric and popular culture, including fan fiction, reality television, blogging, online role-playing games, and Fantasy Football. Both scholarly and engaging, this text draws rhetorical studies into the digital age.

Table of Contents

Preface      1
Introduction: Blurring Rhetorical Borders

I. React: Maintaining a Fan Community Essays
1. The Inter(Active) Soap Opera Viewer: Fantastic Practices and Mediated Communities
2. Going Deep: What Online Sports Culture Teaches Us About the Rhetorical Future of Social Networks
3. Spoiling Heroes, Enhancing Our Viewing Pleasure: NBC’s Heroes and the Re-Shaping of the Televisual Landscape
4. History, the Trace, and Fandom Wank
5. Writing Wonder Women: How Playful Resistance Leads to Sustained Authorial Participation at Sequential Tart

6. What the Frell Happened? Rhetorical Strategies of the Farscape Community
SEAN MOREY      83
7. The Realtime Forum Fan
8. “As Seen on The Colbert Report”: Or, Why I Love Reality TV

II. Re-Mix: Participating in Established Narratives Essays
9. Making Our Voices Heard: Young Adult Females Writing Participatory Fan Fiction
10. Dungeons and Dragons for Jocks: Trash Talking and Viewing Habits of Fantasy Football League Participants
JULIE L. ROWSE      106
11. Alternate Universes on Video: Ficvid and the Future of Narrative

12. Dean, Mal and Snape Walk into a Bar: Lessons in Crossing Over
JULIE FLYNN      132
13. Stars of a Different Variety: Stealth Teaching Through Fanfic

III. Re-Create: Creating Narratives within Established Frames Essays
14. Writing and Rhetoric for a Ludic Democracy: YouTube, Fandom, and Participatory Pleasure
15. World of Rhetcraft: Rhetorical Production and Raiding in World of Warcraft
16. Rekindling Rhetoric: Oratory and Marketplace Culture in Guild Wars
17. Virtual Guerrillas and a World of Extras: Shooting Machinima in Second Life
MARK PEPPER      174
18. Remix, Play, and Remediation: Undertheorized Composing Practices

19. Conf(us)(ess)ions of a Videogame Role-Player
20. Born Again in a Fictional Universe: A Participant Portrait of EVE Online
21. A Place to Call Home: The Experience of One Guild Chat in World of Warcraft
22. Magic Canvas: Digital Building Blocks

IV. Teaching the Digital Generation Essays
23. Encouraging Feedback: Responding to Fan Fiction at Different Colored Pens
24. MetaSpace: Meatspace and Blogging Intersect
25. Meeting the Digital Generation in the Classroom: A Reflection on the Obstacles

26. Making Dorothy Parker My MySpace Friend: A Classroom Application for Social Networks
27. Novel Cartographies, New Correspondences

About the Contributors      259
Index      265

About the Author
Heather Urbanski is an assistant professor of English and director of composition at Central Connecticut State University, in New Britain, Connecticut.

Jerry Vermilye 

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-3605-7
Ebook ISBN: (isbn not yet available) 
76 photos, filmography, notes, bibliography, index
208pp. hardcover 2008

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Price: $49.95

Available for immediate shipment
Buster Crabbe’s chief claim to fame, aside from his Olympic gold medal (for the 400-meter freestyle event in 1932), rests in the trio of movie serials in which he played the popular science-fiction hero Flash Gordon. Crabbe was the only actor to play the roles of Tarzan (in one movie), Flash Gordon, and Buck Rogers, the top three pulp action heroes of the 1930s. Crabbe carved out a career that would also include more than 100 B-movies and program Westerns, a television adventure series, and a successful physical fitness enterprise. All of this and more is detailed in this book, which includes a complete filmography providing cast and crew information for each of his 103 feature films and serials.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi
Preface      1
The Biography      3
The Films      49

(in order of release)

Good News      49
The Maker of Men      50
Huddle      50
The Most Dangerous Game      51
That’s My Boy      51
King of the Jungle      51
Man of the Forest      54
To the Last Man      55
Tarzan the Fearless      57
Sweetheart of Sigma Chi      59
The Thundering Herd      61
Search for Beauty      63
You’re Telling Me      66
Badge of Honor      67
We’re Rich Again      68
The Oil Raider      70
She Had to Choose      71
Hold ’Em Yale      72
The Wanderer of the Wasteland      74
Nevada      75
Drift Fence      77
Desert Gold      79
Flash Gordon      81
The Arizona Raiders      84
Lady Be Careful      86
Rose Bowl      88
Arizona Mahoney      89
King of Gamblers      91
Murder Goes to College      92
Forlorn River      94
Sophie Lang Goes West      95
Thrill of a Lifetime      97
Daughter of Shanghai      99
Flash Gordon’s Trip to Mars      101
Tip-Off Girls      104
Hunted Men      105
Red Barry      107
Illegal Traffic      109
Unmarried      110
Million Dollar Legs      112
Buck Rogers      114
Colorado Sunset      116
Call a Messenger      118
Sailor’s Lady      119
Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe      122
Jungle Man      124
Billy the Kid Wanted      126
Billy the Kid’s Round-Up      127
Billy the Kid Trapped      128
Billy the Kid’s Smoking Guns      130
Jungle Siren      131
Law and Order      133
Wildcat      134
Sheriff of Sage Valley      135
The Mysterious Rider      136
The Kid Rides Again      137
Queen of Broadway      137
Fugitive of the Plains      139
Western Cyclone      140
The Renegades      141
Cattle Stampede      142
Blazing Frontier      143
Devil Riders      144
Nabonga      145
Thundering Gun Slingers      146
Frontier Outlaws      147
Valley of Vengeance      149
The Contender      150
Fuzzy Settles Down      151
Rustlers’ Hideout      152
Wild Horse Phantom      153
Oath of Vengeance      153
The Drifter      154
His Brother’s Ghost      156
Shadows of Death      156
Gangster’s Den      157
Stagecoach Outlaws      158
Border Badmen      159
Fighting Bill Carson      159
Prairie Rustlers      160
Lightning Raiders      161
Gentlemen with Guns      162
Ghost of Hidden Valley      163
Prairie Badmen      164
Terrors on Horseback      165
Overland Riders      166
Swamp Fire      167
Outlaws of the Plains      168
Last of the Redmen      169
The Sea Hound      172
Caged Fury      174
Captive Girl      176
Pirates of the High Seas      178
King of the Congo      179
Gun Brothers      181
The Lawless Eighties      182
Badman’s Country      184
Gunfighters of Abilene      185
The Bounty Killer      186
Arizona Raiders      187
The Comeback Trail      189
The Alien Dead      190
Swim Team      191

Bibliography      193
Index      195

About the Author
Writer Jerry Vermilye is an actor and lives in New York City.

Katherine J. Weese 
Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-3615-6
Ebook ISBN: (isbn not yet available) 
notes, bibliography, index
234pp. softcover 2008
Price: $35.00

Women authors have explored fantasy fiction in ways that connect with feminist narrative theories, as examined here by Katherine J. Weese in seven modern novels. These include Margaret Atwood’s Lady Oracle, Iris Murdoch’s The Sea, the Sea, Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping, Carol Shields’s The Stone Diaries, Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, and Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Paradise.

The fantastic devices highlight various feminist narrative concerns such as the authority of the female voice, the implications of narrative form for gender construction, revisions to traditional genre conventions by women writers, and the recovery of alternative versions of stories suppressed by dominant historical narratives. Weese also frames the fantastic elements in the scope of traditional fictional structure.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      xi
Preface      1
Introduction: Theories of the Fantastic and Feminist Narrative Theory—An Intersection      5

1. The Novel Weapon: Gender and Genre in Iris Murdoch’s The Sea, the Sea      31
2. From “The Lady of Shalott” to “Lady Lazarus”: Margaret Atwood’s Lady Oracle      48

3. Narration from Beyond the Grave in Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping      71
4. The “Invisible” Woman: Narrative Strategies in Carol Shields’s The Stone Diaries      87

5. “The Eyes in the Trees”: Transculturation and Magic Realism in Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible      109
6. Telling Beloved’s Story      125
7. The Gospel According to Consolata: Alternative Christianities and Toni Morrison’s Paradise      146

Chapter Notes      175
Bibliography      203
Index      217

About the Author
Katherine J. Weese is an English professor at Hampden-Sydney College. Her articles on the fantastic and feminist fiction have appeared in Journal of Narrative Theory, Modern Fiction Studies, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts and Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction.
Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is in the English department at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

More New/Recent from McFarland

Tech-Noir: The Fusion of Science Fiction and Film Noir 
Paul Meehan

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-3325-4
Ebook ISBN: (isbn not yet available)
64 photos, filmography, notes, bibliography, index
272pp. hardcover (7 x 10) 2008
Price: $55.00

This critical study traces the common origins of film noir and science fiction films, identifying the many instances in which the two have merged to form a distinctive subgenre known as Tech-Noir. From the German Expressionist cinema of the late 1920s to the present-day cyberpunk movement, the book examines more than 100 films in which the common noir elements of crime, mystery, surrealism, and human perversity intersect with the high technology of science fiction. The author also details the hybrid subgenre’s considerable influences on contemporary music, fashion, and culture.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi
Preface      1

1. Things to Come Seen Through a Scanner Darkly: The World of Tech-Noir      3
2. Metropolis of the Homunculus: The German Silent and Early Sound Period, 1916–1932      19
3. Mad Doctors and Mobsters: American Sci-Fi/Horror Films, 1932–1949      47
4. Atom-Age Noir: Tech-Noir and Film Noir in the Atomic Fifties, 1950–1961      88
5. Eating Soylent Green in Alphaville: Genesis of a Subgenre, 1961–1979      115
6. Blade Runners, Terminators and Neuromancers: Cyberpunk Cinema, 1980–1989      150
7. Masters of the Matrix: The Triumph of Black Tech, 1990–2006      192

Genre Splice: Night and the Mega-City      235
Filmography      239
Chapter Notes      249
Bibliography      251
Index      253

About the Author
Paul Meehan has also written on UFOs in cinema, and is a contributor to the Noir City Sentinel, the journal of the Film Noir Foundation. He lives in San Francisco.

Cinema of the Psychic Realm: A Critical Survey 
Paul Meehan

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-3966-9
Ebook ISBN: (isbn not yet available)
68 photos, filmography, notes, bibliography, index
238pp. softcover 2009
Price: $39.95

Cinema is ideally suited to the world of psychic phenomena. A technique as simple as a voice-over can simulate mental telepathy, while unusual lighting, set design, or creative digital manipulation can conjure clairvoyant visions, precognition, or even psychokinesis.

This book analyzes the depiction of paranormal powers in film, examining how movies like Star Wars, Independence Day, The Green Mile, and dozens of others both reflect and influence the way modern society thinks about psychic abilities. The theme is explored in nearly 100 films from a variety of genres including drama, comedy, horror, science fiction, crime melodrama, and children’s films, providing a concise review of the history and concepts of mainstream cinematic parapsychology.

Table of Contents

Preface      1

1. A Brief History of the Paranormal in Fact and Fiction      9
2. Early Paranormal Films      26
3. ESP in Drama, Comedy and Children’s Films      37
4. Paranormal Crime and Melodrama      59
5. The Dark Side of ESP: Horror and Fantasy      75
6. Alien ESP      106
7. Psi-Fi: Psychic Science Fiction Blockbusters      141
8. Remote Viewing, Black Psi-Ops and Paranoia      177

Conclusion      206
Filmography      211
Chapter Notes      219
Bibliography      221
Index      223

About the Author
Paul Meehan has also written on UFOs in cinema, and is a contributor to the Noir City Sentinel, the journal of the Film Noir Foundation. He lives in San Francisco.

Farah Mendlesohn 
Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-3503-6
Ebook ISBN: (isbn not yet available) 
appendices, notes, bibliography, index
283pp. softcover 2009

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Science fiction is often considered the genre of ideas and imagination, which would seem to make it ideal for juveniles and young adults; however, the ideas are often dispensed by adults. This book considers the development of science fiction for children and teens between 1950 and 2010, exploring why it differs from science fiction aimed at adults. In a broader sense, this critical examination of 400 texts sheds light on changing attitudes toward children and teenagers, toward science education, and toward the authors’ expectations and sociological views of their audience.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Introduction      1

1. What Do We Mean When We Say “Science Fiction”?      9
2. Red Herrings and Living-Room Elephants: How We Understand Children and Children’s Reading      22
3. Science, Information Density and the SF Reader      49
4. Trajectories and Periodicity: Expectations of the Child in Science Fiction      83
5. Socialization and the Gendered (Future) Society      112
6. You Gotta Have a Theme; or, the Paucity of Plots      135
7. Best Practice Now      175

Appendix A. Index to Out of this World      199
Appendix B. The Survey Questionnaire      203
Appendix C. Analysis of the Survey, by Zara Baxter and Farah Mendlesohn      205
Appendix D. The Golden Age of Science Fiction Is Three: Science Fiction Picture Books      228
Chapter Notes      243
Bibliography      249
Index      263

About the Author
Farah Mendlesohn teaches science fiction and fantasy literature at Middlesex University in London.  Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is in the English department at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

Edited by Donald E. Morse and Kalman Matolcsy 
Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III
Foreword by Brian Aldiss

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-4942-2
Ebook ISBN: (isbn not yet available) 
[192]pp. softcover 2011
Price: $35.00

Not Yet Published, Available Spring/Summer 2011
Robert Holdstock was a prolific writer whose oeuvre included horror, fantasy, mystery and the novelization of films, often published under pseudonyms. These twelve critical essays explore the varied output of Holdstock by displaying his works against the backdrop of folk and fairy tales, dissecting their spaciotemporal order, and examining them as psychic fantasies of our unconscious life or as exempla of the sublime. The individual novels of the Mythago Wood sequence are explored, as is Holdstock’s early science fiction and the Merlin Codex series.

About the Author
Donald E. Morse is a professor at the University of Debrecen and is Emeritus professor at the University of Oakland in Michigan. He is the author of a dozen books and over 100 scholarly articles. Kalman Matolcsy is a translator, poet, composer, and also a professor at the University of Debrecen. He has written numerous scholarly articles on the literature of horror, fantasy and science fiction.
Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is in the English department at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

Marek Oziewicz 
Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III
Foreword by Brian Attebery

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-3135-9
Ebook ISBN: (isbn not yet available) 
notes, bibliography, index
271pp. softcover 2008

This work presents the genre of mythopoeic fantasy from a holistic perspective, arguing that this central genre of fantasy literature is largely misunderstood as a result of decades of incomplete and reductionist literary studies. The author asserts that mythopoeic fantasy is not only the most complete literary expression of a worldview based on the existence of supernatural or spiritual powers but that the genre is in a unique position to transform social consciousness with a renewed emphasis on anticipating the future. The author lays out theoretical foundations for his argument in the first four chapters and then demonstrates how the works of fantasy authors Ursula K. LeGuin, Lloyd Alexander, Madeleine L’Engle, and Orson Scott Card exemplify his argument in the remaining four chapters.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      v
Foreword by Brian Attebery      1
Introduction      3

1. The Confusion over Fantasy and the Confusions of the Theoretical Era      13
2. Reductionist and Holistic Criticisms in a Battle of Worldviews      39
3. Mythopoeic Fantasy as a Modern Genre      65
4. Twentieth-Century Rehabilitation of Myth and the Search for a New Story      91
5. Rediscovering Harmony: Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Sequence (1964–2001)      118
6. Bridging the Past with the Future: Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles (1964–1973)      144
7. Integrating Science and Spirituality: Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quartet (1962–1986)      171
8. Reconnecting with Nature: Orson Scott Card’s Tales of Alvin Maker (1987–2003)      198

Conclusion      225
Chapter Notes      229
Works Cited      245
Index      259

About the Author
Marek Oziewicz is assistant professor of literature and director of the Center for Children’s and Young Adult Fiction at the Institute of English Studies, University of Wroclaw in Poland.
Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is in the English department at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

 Award Winner 
Winner, Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies--The Mythopoeic Society

Deborah Painter 
Foreword by Joe Moe

Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-4884-5
Ebook ISBN: (isbn not yet available) 
88 photos, appendix, bibliography, index
224pp. hardcover (7 x 10) 2011
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Book Launch February 2011

Forrest J Ackerman (1916-2008) was an author, archivist, agent, actor, promoter, and editor of the iconic fan magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland; a founder of science ction fandom; and one of the world’s foremost collectors of sci- , horror and fantasy lms, literature, and memorabilia. This biography begins with a foreword by Joe Moe, Ackerman’s caregiver and close friend since 1982. It documents Ackerman’s lifelong dedication to his work in both literature and lm; his interests, travels, relationships and associations with famous personalities; and his lasting impact on popular culture. Primary research material includes letters given by Ackerman to the author during their long friendship, and numerous reminiscences from Ackerman’s friends, fans and colleagues.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Foreword: Marching to the Beast of a Different Dreamer by Joe Moe      1
Preface      5

1. Forry’s Background, Family and Early Years      11
2. “I Couldn’t Sleep with Marlene Dietrich!”      26
3. Sergeant Ack-Ack      41
4. The 1950s—Forry’s Rise to Fame      49
5. The 1960s—Forrest J Ackerman, Movie Actor      64
6. The 1970s—Colleges, Conventions and Creatures      86
7. The 1980s—The Best of Times, the Worst of Times      101
8. The 1990s—Pinnacles of Achievement      117
9. The 2000s—Documentarian and Octogenarian      151

Five Personal Reminiscences (Powell, Knight, Atkins, Hawk, Morrow)      181
Chapter Notes      201
A Brief Bio-Bibliography      203
Bibliography      207
Index      209

About the Author
Deborah Painter has written articles for such magazines as Filmfax and Horse and Horseman. She is an environmental services director for REMSA Incorporated and lives in Norfolk, Virginia.

Edited by John Perlich and David Whitt 

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Contemporary myths, particularly science fiction and fantasy texts, can provide commentary on who we are as a culture, what we have created, and where we are going. These nine essays from a variety of disciplines expand upon the writings of Joseph Campbell and the hero’s journey. Modern examples of myths from various sources such as Planet of the Apes, Wicked, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Spirited Away; the Harry Potter series; and Second Life are analyzed as creative mythology and a representation of contemporary culture and emerging technology.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Preface: “There and Back Again…”      1

Contrasting Colors
1. Sorting Heroic Choices: Green and Red in the Harry Potter Septology
2. The Complexity of Evil in Modern Mythology: The Evolution of the Wicked Witch of the West
3. Polysemous Myth: Incongruity in Planet of the Apes

New Champions
4. The Hero with the Thousand-and-First Face: Miyazaki’s Girl Quester in Spirited Away and Campbell’s Monomyth
(DEE GEORTZ)      67
5. The Odyssey of Madame Souza: A Heroine’s Quest in The Triplets of Belleville
(DAVID WHITT)      83
6. Rethinking the Monomyth: Pan’s Labyrinth and the Face of a New Hero(ine)
(JOHN PERLICH)      100

No Boundaries
7. Actors and Their Mythic Heroes: From the Doctor to Captain Kirk
(DJOYMI BAKER)      129
8. Running Free in Angelina Jolie’s Virtual Body: The Myth of the New Frontier and Gender Liberaton in Second Life
9. So Where Do I Go from Here? Ghost in the Shell and Imagining Cyborg Mythology for the New Millennium

Epilogue: “Always in Motion Is the Future…”      193
About the Contributors      197
Index      199

About the Author
John Perlich is a professor of communication studies at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. David Whitt is an associate professor of communication at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska.