Section 11: Other Writers
- Tales of Wonder - Science Fiction and Fantasy
in the Age of Jane Austen.
- This paper challenges the accepted view
that the works of writers such as Mrs.
Radcliffe, "Monk" Lewis,
Maturin and Mary Shelley are part of a
Gothic tradition deriving from Horace
Walpole's Castle of Otranto. The
paper also studies the connection of Jane
Austen to these writers and will try to
unravel the errors of Brian Aldiss, whose
ideas are taken from earlier authors.
- Natural Mysticism in Kenneth Grahame's The
Wind in the Willows.
- This paper explores the use of Pan as the
medium for an intense mystical experience
in "The Piper at the Gates of
Dawn", and how this mystical passage
fits in with the rest of The Wind in
the Willows. The author also explores
possible influences on Grahame from
writers of the nineteenth century who had
mystical emphases in their books. The
"Piper" is one of the most
beautiful passages of natural mysticism
in twentieth-century literature, but one
rarely discussed: the author hopes this
paper will begin to fill this critical
- Cetacean Consciousness in Katz's Whalesinger and L'Engle's
A Ring of Endless Light.
- Both Canadian fantastist Welwyn Wilton Katz and American fantasist
Madeleine L'Engle have written novels in which humans, in communicating
with whales or dolphins, have been exposed to wholeness, harmony,
unity, and pattern in the universe at large as perceived by cetaceans.
While writing quite independently, these works show a remarkable similarity
in their perception of cetacean consciousness. An exploration of these
similarities shows the united mystical vision that writers from different
backgrounds and beliefs can attain.
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