By George Edgar Slusser, George Robert Guffey, Mark Rose
Ten new severe essays written for presentation on the first Eaton convention on technological know-how Fiction and fable Literature held 24–25 February 1979, on the collage of California, Riverside. While serious dialogue of technology fiction has turn into more and more subtle in past times decade, there continues to be an inclination between a few academics and readers to think about technological know-how fiction as an self reliant phenomenon that exists unconnected to the mainstream of our cultural inheritance. those essays—by Harry Levin, Irving Babbitt Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard college; Kent T. Kraft, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature on the collage of Georgia, Athens; Stephen Potts, author and teacher at San Diego kingdom University; Gregory Benford, author and affiliate Professor of Physics on the college of California, Irvine; Robert Hunt, an editor at Glencoe Publishing; Eric S. Rabkin, Professor of English on the collage of Michigan; Patrick Parrinder, teacher on the college of examining, England; Thomas Keeling, Lecturer in English on the collage of California, l. a.; Carl D. Malmgren, teacher on the collage of Oregon, Eugene; and Thomas Hanzo, Professor of English and Chairman of the department on the collage of California, Davis—suggest the connections that exist among technological know-how fiction and different facets of Western cultural tradition. Ranging in curiosity from the particularly philosophical to the particularly literary, the essays relate technological know-how fiction to such topics as medieval cosmological discourse, classical empirical philosophy, fairy story, epic, and Gothic fiction. rising from the amount as a complete are either a coherent view of technological know-how fiction as a style and a heightened feel of its complicated relation to our cultural historical past.
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Its turning-point has been Joyce's Ulysses, which earned immediate notoriety as the nec plus ultra of naturalism, but has since been exercising leadership as an introjector of symbolism in fiction. Joyce's youthful surrogate, Stephen Dedalus in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, had confessed himself an indifferent member of a college class in physics. Leopold Bloom, the latterday Ulysses, differs from Stephen so diametrically that, when they are finally brought together, they are visualized as respective examples of the artistic and the scientific temperaments.
News from Nowhere supplanted factories with crafts and relocated townspeople in the countryside. Erewhon reverted to its antipodean pastoralism by staging a neo-Luddite revolt and sabotaging the oppressive machines. More currently A Clockwork Orange, if I read its Russo-English dialect correctly, has been protesting against the behavioral engineering of such a utopia as B. F. Skinner's Walden Two. Since the most violent delinquency may be regarded as an assertion of free will, Mr. Burgess seems to believe, it is morally preferable to a social rehabilitation programmed through conditioned reflexes.
Snow would avail himself of that Cambridge platform to propound his views on the two cultures. Arnold in his turn was replying to T. H. Huxley's "Science and Culture," a plea for introducing more of the sciences into the curriculum. Arnold conceded that educated persons ought to know something about their own bodies and about the corporeal world they inhabited. However, he contended that if they were acquainted with the factual results of scientific investigation, they could leave the experimental methods to specialists.