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By George Edgar Slusser, Eric S. Rabkin, University of California, Riverside

Those 17 essays from the 7th annual J. Lloyd Eaton convention research the connection among myth and technological know-how fiction. They suggest that myth and technology fiction aren't remoted advertisement literary varieties, yet as an alternative are literary varieties beneficial of the popularity reserved for normal literature. dialogue of style identity levels from the normal kinds of literary feedback embodied in Aristotle’s mimesis and poesis to cutting edge and doubtless arguable issues of view equivalent to a conception of humor, a philosophy of time, and a close research of Dr. Seuss’s Cat within the Hat. The essays offer not just a close research of literary parts but additionally the ancient remedy of the cloth, its advertisement use, and its dating to related literary varieties akin to the gothic story and horror fiction. whereas few of the essayists consider each other, all of them give a contribution artistic insights to the controversy.

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Phainómena are the visible or apprehendable aspects of things. A phantasía, on the other hand, is a mental image, perhaps our recollection of the appearance of a thing, perhaps drawn from some other source. In Aristotelian thought, the word phantasía also names the faculty by which things are imaged or imagined to be present. The word can also refer to a poet's ability to suggest the presence of things through images. Because this word was tied to appearances and imaginings it was frequently used to refer to instances of imagination unaccompanied by presence: for hallucination, for exaggeration, for inauthenticity.

They also wish to thank all those who helped and supported this conference: Frank McConnell of the University of California, Santa Barbara, for ideas and inspiration; Jean-Pierre Barricelli, the patron saint of the Eaton Conference; Dean David Warren, Page x Librarian John Tanno, and Peter Briscoe, Collection Development Officer, all of whom have kept the Eaton collection alive in thick and thin. Thanks to all these people, and their firm support over the years, the Eaton is no longer a conference but an institution.

But we are getting prochronistic ourselves, and must turn to more basic questions of definition. If we are going to talk about science fantasy, we must at least consider the notions of science and fantasy themselves. I do not believe that there are entities out there for which fantasy and science are simply the proper names. If we are going to discuss these notions we shall have to begin by looking at the words themselves, rather than by trying to describe any changeless thing that might be named by such words.

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