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How and when does there come to be an qanAsthropology of the alien?a€ This set of essays, written for the eighth J. Lloyd Eaton ConferAsence on Fantasy and Science Fiction, is conAscerned with the significance of that question. q[Anthropology] is the science that must desigAsnate the alien if it is to redefine a place for itself in the universe, a€ according to the Introduction. The idea of the alien is not new. In the ReAsnaissance, Montaignea€™s purpose in describing an alien encounter was excorporation--manAskind was the qsavagea€ because the artificial devices of nature controlled him. ShakeAsspearea€™s version of the alien encounter was inAscorporation; his character of Caliban is brought to the artificial, political world of man and incorAsporated into the body politic qThe essays in this volume . . . show, in their general orientation, that the tribe of Shakespeare still, in literary studies at least, outnumbers that of Montaigne.a€ These essays show the interrelation of the excorporating posAssibilities to the internal soundings of the alien encounter within the human mind and form. This book is divided into three parts: qSearchings: The Quest for the Aliena€ includes qThe Aliens in Our Mind, a€ by Larry Niven; qEffing the Ineffable, a€ by Gregory Benford; qBorder Patrols, a€ by Michael Beehler; qAlien Aliens, a€ by Pascal Ducommun; and qMetamorphoses of the Dragon, a€ by George E. Slusser. qSightings: The Aliens among Usa€ includes qDiscriminating among Friends, a€ by John Huntington; qSex, Superman, Sociobiology, a€ by Joseph D. Miller; qCowboys and Telepaths, a€ by Eric S. Rabkin; qRobots, a€ by Noel Perrin; qAliens in the Supermarket, a€ by George R. Guffey; and qAliens 'Ra€™ U.S., a€ by Zoe Sofia. qSoundings: Man as the Aliena€ includes qH. G. Wellsa€™ Familiar Aliens, a€ by John R. Reed; qInspiration and Possession, a€ by Clayton Koelb; qCybernauts in Cyberspace, a€ by David Porush; qThe Human Alien, a€ by Leighton Brett Cooke; qFrom Astarte to Barbie, a€ by Frank McConnell; and qAn Indication of Monsters;a€ by Colin Greenland.This book is divided into three parts: aquot;Searchings: The Quest for the Aliena€ includes aquot;The Aliens in Our Mind, a€ by Larry Niven; aquot;Effing the Ineffable, a€ by Gregory Benford; aquot;Border Patrols, a€ by Michael Beehler; aquot;Alien Aliens, a€ by ...

Author: George Edgar Slusser
Publisher:SIU Press - 1987

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