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Teaching 20th Century American Science Fiction Writers Including Harlan Ellison, Phillip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov in the 21st Century (NeMLA's 50th Annual Convention)

Gaylord National Resort Center/Washington, D.C.
Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association
Event: NeMLA's 50th Annual Convention
Categories: American, Comparative, Pedagogy, Genre & Form, Literary Theory, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry
Event Date: 2019-03-21 to 2019-03-24 Abstract Due: 2018-09-30

Science Fiction has always functioned as a literary multi-purpose vehicle in which writers are able to explore potentialities of the human condition. Even though sci-fi has been maligned by many as a poorly constructed near-juvenile literary form, scholars have discovered that sci-fi also provides a path from which one can bear witness into past practices and analyze the possibilities for the future.  The focus of this roundtable is to assess the influence of American science fiction writers to discuss the topics and techniques Harlan Ellison, Phillip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov employed; to discuss the interface between Ellison, Dick, Bradbury and Asimov’s literature and film adaptations; to assess the possible implications as seen in their literature as well as in the film adaptations of their work; and to share pedagogical skills employed to reveal the genius of Harlan Ellison, Phillip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov. Analyses of other 20th American sci-fi writers is welcome.

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Please note: The deadline for 250-300 word abstracts is September 30th, 2018.



Annette M. Magid