Wednesday March 19, 2008 3:00-4:15 p.m.


Pre-Opening Refreshment                Capri foyer


Opening Ceremony                 Capri

Host: Donald E. Morse, Conference Chair

Welcome from the President: Farah Mendlesohn


Opening Panel: The Language of the Sublime in the Fantastic                 Capri

Moderator: Farah Mendlesohn

Greer Gilman

Brian Aldiss

John Clute

Roger Luckhurst

Gary K. Wolfe


Wednesday March 19, 2008 4:30-6:00 p.m.


1. (H) The Collective Sublime      Oak

Chair: Lokke Heiss

University of Missouri


Toward an Aesthetics of Horror: The Sublime Horror of Québec

Amy J. Ransom

Central Michigan University


Figuring the Proustian Sublime: The Fantastic & the Privileged Moments of A la Recherche

Stephen G. Brown

University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Burke's Sublime and The Monk

Rhonda Brock-Servais

Longwood University


2. (SF) Uncertain Ontologies       Maple

Chair: Charles Herzek

Florida Atlantic University


The Alien as the Lacanian Other in Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris and Gregory Maguire’s Mirror Mirror

Sandor Klapcsik

University of Minnesota


All Good Poets Improve on What They’ve Stolen, as T.S. Eliot Said to Dan Simmons

Neil Easterbrook

Texas Christian University


“Details Plucked Unhesitatingly from the Real”: Kantian Sublime in Joanna Russ’s We Who Are About To…

Nathaniel Underland

University of Maryland


3. (CC) Playing with Darkness: Video Games and Horror      Cypress

Chair: Randall Hill

St. Lawrence University


An Exploration of Darkness: Monsters and Masochism in the Silent Hill Series

Mads Haahr

Trinity College Dublin


Rendering Virtual and Real Life Fear: Structuring Play, Performance, and Horror via Game Interface in Manabu Nishizawa’s Lifeline

Josef Nguyen

University of California, Irvine


4. (SF) The Sublime in Alien Circumstances      Palm

Chair: David Higgins

Indiana University


A Culture of Sublimity: Fremen Society in Frank Herbert’s Dune

Tuomas Kuusniemi

University of Oulu


Genre Conventions and Gender in Frank Herbert's Dune

William Senior

Broward Community College


Literary Influences on Philip K. Dick’s The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

Michael Furlong

Florida Atlantic University


5. (FE) Mervyn Peake, Fuzzy Sets, and Superheroes      Captiva A

Chair: Marie Nelson

University of Florida


The Late Modern Semiotics of Mervyn Peake’s Titus Groan

Carl A. Stewart

Madison Area Technical College


The Origin of (Sub) Species: Coalescent Fuzzy Sets

Greer Watson

University of Toronto


Superheroes Used Symbolically in Novels

Karen Burnham

Independent Scholar


6. (IF) Writing the Gap: Language, Reality, and the Fantastic      Captiva B

Chair: Kevin J. Maroney



Deconstructing the Sublime: Or, the Romantic Agony in 20th Century Italian Literature of the "Fantastic"

Stefano Lazzarin

Université de Saint-Etienne, France


Language as a Function of the Fantastic in Tommaso Landolfi’s Narrative

Simone Castaldi

Hofstra University


Italy is magica: Italian Fantastic and French Surrealism in the 1930s and 1940s

Beatrice Sica

New York University


7. So You Want to Write a Super-hero       Pine

Host: P. Andrew Miller

Bryan Dietrich

Stephen Leigh

Stefan Högberg


Wednesday March 19, 2008 6:00-8:00 p.m.

IAFA Board Meeting                Boardroom B


Wednesday March 19, 2008 8:00-8:30 p.m.

Newcomer Meet-up                Captiva A/B

Hosted by the Student Caucus


Wednesday March 19, 2008 8:30-11:00 p.m.

Opening Reception                Capri


Thursday March 20, 2008 8:30-10:00 a.m.


8. (VPA) The Plastic Sublime      Oak

Chair: Jeri Zulli

Independent Scholar


Promethea Unbound: Alan Moore's Vision of Wonder

Bryan D. Dietrich

Newman University


The Hidden Mystical Sublime: The Poetry of Algernon Swinburne Dramatized in Aleister Crowley's Rite of Venus

Curtis Scott Shumaker

Cal Poly University - Pomona


9. (FE) The Incredible Shrinking, Pastoral and New Sublime      Maple

Chair: Sydney Duncan

Frostburg State University


The Incredible Shrinking Sublime: the Battle of the Quotidian and the Spectacular in the War for the Cultural High Ground

R. Scott Bakker



The Pastoral Sublime

Howard Canaan

Mercy College


21st Century Stories

Amelia Beamer


Gary K. Wolfe

Roosevelt University


10. (IF) The Sublime Body      Cypress

Chair: Sharon Sieber

Idaho State University


Violence and the Sublime Fantastic in Anne Hebert and P. Susskind

Virginia Harger-Grinling

Memorial University of Newfoundland


Insects and Automatism: Angela Carter, ETA Hoffmann, and Guillermo del Toro

Eric White

University of Colorado


The Minute Sublime: The Case of Bio Art

Aline Ferreria

University of Aveiro


11. (CC) Tolerance and Technology: Race and Culture in Fantastic Spaces  Palm

Chair: Karen Hellekson

Independent Scholar


Tolerating the Unreal: Examining Anglo and Latin Representations of Fantastic Intrusions

Manuel Tejeda

Barry University


"Harshin Ur Squeez": Visual Rhetoric of Racisms in LiveJournal Fandoms

Robin Anne Reid

Texas A&M – Commerce


Digital Metaphors for Phantom Selves: Computation, Mathematics, and Identity in Speculative and Fantastic Fiction and Gaming

Fox Harrell

Georgia Institute of Technology


12. (H) Lovecraft and the Atavistic      Magnolia

Chair: James Craig Holte

East Carolina University


"The Fixt Mass Whose Sides the Ages Are": The Sublime in Lovecraft and Lovecraftian Fan Culture

Tim Evans

Western Kentucky University


The Question of the Sublime in Lovecraft’s "Cosmic Horror"

Vivian Ralickas

University of Toronto Scarborough


Becoming the Other in White's"Lukundoo" and Lovecraft's "Call of Cthulhu"

Christy Hicks

Manatee Community College


13. (FE) A Short Guide to Fantastic Places      Dogwood

Chair: Charles W. Nelson

Michigan Technological University


Exploring the Maps of Secondary Worlds

Stefan Ekman

Lund University


Wondrous Agency: Water as Force and Symbol in Herbert Read’s The Green Child

Michael Fournier

Georgia Institute of Technology


Structures of Enclosure: Walls and Forts in Margaret Atwood’s Speculative Fiction

Brecken Rose Hancock

University of New Brunswick


14. (FM) Panel: Uh oh, They're Learning: The New Dangers and Heroes of the Zombie Apocalypse      Captiva A/B

Moderator: Susan A. George

Rikk Mulligan

Chun Lee

Leisa Clark

Mary Pharr

Kenneth Jurkiewicz


15. Author Reading I                Pine

Host: Amanda Cockrell

P. Andrew Miller

Elizabeth Hand

Ellen Klages


Thursday March 20, 2008 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


16. (CYA) Children Crossing Worlds Oak

Chair: Amie Rose Rotruck

Hollins University


Cosmopolitan Childland: Victorian Fantasy and the Cosmopolitan Child

Chamutal Noimann

Hunter College, CUNY


The Sublime and the Transcendent in David Almond's Wild Girl, Wild Boy

Michael M. Levy

University of Wisconsin-Stout


17. (SF) Interrogating Gender and Sexuality      Maple

Chair: Grace Dillon

Portland State University


Twisting the Other: Using a "Third" Sex to Represent Homosexuality in Science Fiction

Traci N. Castleberry

Seton Hill University


The Price They Pay: Violating Gender Stereotypes in C. L. Moore’s “Shambleau” and Tom Godwin’s “The Cold Equations”

Skye Cervone

Florida Atlantic University


The Limits of the Sublime in Science Fiction: Tanith Lee and M. T. Anderson

Ritch Calvin

SUNY Stony Brook


18. (H) Death and Transfiguration      Cypress

Chair: Kathy Davis Patterson

Kent State Tuscarawas


The Uncontrolled, the Sublime, and the Loss of Self: Confronting the Other in C.L. Moore’s Werewoman

Leila Soikkonen

University of Oulu


The Everyday Sublime in Peter Straub's Fiction

Bernadette L. Bosky

Independent Scholar


The Un-Aesthetic of the Interior: Representations of Death in the American Horror Film, the Gallery, and the Funeral Home

Joel Seeger

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee


19. (FM) Cinematic Technological Advances and the Sublime: Sound, Animation, and CGI        Palm

Chair: Andrew Gordon

University of Florida, Gainesville


Sound and Silence in the City: Early Science-Fiction Film

Kyle D. Stedman

University of South Florida


Man and Superman: The Fleischer Studio Negotiates the Real

J.P. Telotte

Georgia Tech


20. (FE) Shakespeare and More: The Works of Greer Gilman      Magnolia

Chair: Greer Watson

University of Toronto


Transporting Language: The Sublime in Greer Gilman’s Moonwise

Christine Mains

University of Calgary


My Own Teapot Tempest: Gilman Takes on Shakespeare

Faye Ringel

U.S. Coast Guard Academy


Hallows as Singular, Plural, Greeting, and Indeed as All: Contextual Definitions of Vocabulary in the Work of Greer Gilman

Lila Garrott

Independent Scholar


Special Respondent

Greer Gilman

Guest of Honor


21. (IF) Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Ideologies      Dogwood

Chair: Robin McAllister

Sacred Heart University


The Calcutta Chromosome: A Novel of Silence, Slippage and Subversion

Suparno Banerjee

Louisiana State University


Apocalypse and Postmodern Counternarrative: Trujillo Muñoz’s Laberinto (as time goes by)

Dale Knickerbocker

East Carolina University


"The World is My Idea:" Encrypting the Sublime and the Hispanic Fantastic

Sharon Sieber

Idaho State University


22. (CC) Panel: Theorizing an International and Interdisciplinary Fan and Audience Studies Captiva A/B

Moderator: Eden Lee Lackner

Barbara Lucas

Robin Anne Reid

Vera Cuntz

Mads Haahr

Bryn Neuenschwander


23. Author Reading II                Pine

Host: Charles W. Nelson

Stefan Högberg

Steven Erikson

F. Brett Cox


Thursday March 20, 2008 12:15-2:15 p.m.

Guest of Honor Luncheon                Grand Ballroom

"What Future for Fantasy?"

Vernor Vinge

Host: Joe Haldeman


Thursday March 20, 2008 2:30-3:30 pm.


24. (CC) Roundtable Reading                Oak

“One True Pairing: The Romance of Pornography and the Pornography of Romance” by Catherine Driscoll

Moderator: Barbara Lucas

Lakeland Community College


25. (SF) The Lighter Side of SF Maple

Chair: Loren Means

Independent Scholar


“No, Really, What do you teach?”: Using Science Fiction as a Tool in Teaching Traditional Rhetoric

Jennifer Gunnels

Independent Scholar


The Intimately Human and the Grandly Cosmic: Humor and the Sublime in the Works of Robert J. Sawyer

Fiona Kelleghan

University of Miami


26. (CYA) The Return of the Repressed in Children’s Literature      Cypress

Chair: Amanda Cockrell

Hollins University


’The Cask of Amontilla-D’Oh!’ and other Comic Fantasies: Parodies of Poe and the Use of the Gothic in Youth Culture

Cari Keebaugh

University of Florida


The Multiculturalized Monkey King and Identity-building of Jin in American Born Chinese

Min Su

Penn State University


27. (FM) Goddesses and Monsters: Heroic Adventures and the Transforming Goddess in Popular Culture      Palm

Chair: Susan A. George

University of California, Davis


Monstrous Matches: Heroic Encounters in The Niebelungen, Lang’s Siegfried, and Edel’s Dark Kingdom

Hannah Means

West Chester University of Pennsylvania


Kali in Different Forms: A Look at the Goddess in Religious Texts and Popular Culture

Stephanie Vianelli

California State University, Long Beach


28. (CYA) Seeing the Ordinary Anew      Magnolia

Chair: Elizabeth Hoiem

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Ted Hughes' Tales of Iron Giants: From Global Fragmentation to Ecological Regeneration

Bill Clemente

Peru State College


A Dangerous Sublimity: Infinity and Identity in Michael Lawrence’s Withern Rise Trilogy

Alaine Martaus

Hollins University


29. (IF) Sublime Transcendence      Dogwood

Chair: Alexis Brooks de Vita

Texas Southern University


Italo Calvino as a Model for the Pan-Sublime

Michaela Roessner-Herman

University of Southern Maine


Imminent Revelation, Sublimity, and Borges’ “El Aleph”

Robin McAllister

University of the Sacred Heart


30. Panel: Publishing for Graduate Students and Others  Captiva A/B

Moderator: Brecken Rose Hancock

Kevin J. Maroney

Brian Attebery

Sherryl Vint

Mike Levy

Karen Hellekson


31. Author Reading III                Pine

Host: Jeanne Beckwith

Brian Aldiss

Christopher Barzak

Patrick O'Leary


Thursday March 20, 2008 4:00-5:30 p.m.


32. (CYA) Place and Gender in Children’s Literature      Oak

Chair: Bill Clemente

Peru State College


Candy across the Hours: Blurring Genres to Create Space for the Fantastic Heroine

Jennifer Goodhue

Eastern Michigan University


From Heroes to Wonder: Portrayals of Boys in Literature, Mirrors of Society

D. Rachael Bishop

Hollins University


Supernatural Visions: The Spiritual Landscape of Chris Van Allsburg’s The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

Katie Posey

Penn State University


33. (SF) More Than Human      Maple

Chair: Michael Furlong

Florida Atlantic University


I, Human 2.0: Finding the Posthuman in the Death of Science Fiction

Liam R. Watts

Missouri State University


Man Modified: When Does Man Become Something Other Than Man?

Charles Herzek

Florida Atlantic University


34. (H) Dracula, Dracula, and – Dracula      Cypress

Chair: Douglas Ford

Manatee Community College


Challenging and Revising Normalcy in Stoker's Dracula and Matheson's I Am Legend

Sarah Benton

Manatee Community College


The Victorian Era Sucks: Dracula as Cultural Emblem

Jude Wright

Quincy College


The Limits of the Human: Human Monsters and Monstrous Humans in Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Paulina Michalewicz

University of South Florida


35. (CC) Audience, Adventure, and Archetype: Performance and Participation in Fantastical Texts     Palm

Chair: Barbara Lucas

Lakeland Community College


Puck You, Shakespeare: Gaiman and Vess’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Jim Casey

Allegheny College


So You Want to Be a Dragon Slayer? Character Creation in RPGs and Genre Fantasy

Aidan-Paul Canavan

The University of Liverpool


Tags and Testimonies: The Personal Narratives that Link Us to Myth

Brian Attebery

Idaho State University


36. (IF) The Romantic Sublime      Magnolia

Chair: Elizabeth Ginway

University of Florida


The Crevice: The Sublimation of the Shoah in Primo Levi’s Fantastic

Felice Italo Beneduce

University of Connecticut


Luck Be a Lady Tonight; Or Rather, a Gentleman: The New French Crime Novel and the Personification of Fate in the Work of Thierry Jonquet

Lindsay Farah Kaplan

New York University


Agustín de Rojas and the Cuban “New Man”

Juan Carlos Toledano

Lewis and Clark College


37. (FM) Wrestling with and for the Truth, the Parent, and the Self in Fantastic Film and TV       Dogwood

Don Riggs

Drexel University


Authority & Obedience in Guillermo Del Toro’s El Laberinto del Fauno

Noelle Bowles

Kent State University


“Don’t Look Any Further”: Gender and the Sublime in The X-Files

Lacy Hodges

University of Florida


Last Summer and Self-Deception—or What Does It Mean if Shrek and Spidey Act like Jack Sparrow?

Mary Pharr

Florida Southern College


38. (CYA) Panel: “The World Opens Up”: Children’s Literature Brushes the Sublime      Captiva A/B

Moderator: Joe Sutliff Sanders

Amanda Cockrell

Elizabeth Hoiem

Jackie C. Horne

Michael M. Levy


39. Author Reading IV                Pine

Host: Gary Wolfe

Andy Duncan

Kathleen Ann Goonan

Peter Straub


Thursday March 20, 2008 5:45-6:45 p.m.

IAFA Business Meeting                 Captiva A/B

Open to all. Please attend.


Thursday March 20, 2008 7:00-8:00 p.m.

IAFA Division Heads Meeting                Boardroom B


Thursday March 20, 2008 7:00-8:00 p.m.    

Cultural Identities Caucus Captiva A/B


Thursday March 20, 2008 8:30-9:30 p.m.


Special Panel: Politics and the Singularity      Capri

Moderator: John Fast

Joe Haldeman

Robert J. Sawyer

Vernor Vinge

James Patrick Kelly

Cristopher Hollingsworth


Thursday March 20, 2008 9:30-10:30 p.m.


As the Wyrm Turns: Disreputable Dragons and Dirty Damsels: Readings, Music, and Visual Images of Dragons in an Unorthodox and Irreverent Light     Capri

Hosts: Mary Turzillo and Marge Simon

Sandra Lindow

Joe Haldeman

Barbara Lucas

Bruce Boston

Patricia McKillip


Thursday March 20, 2008 11:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.

Late Night Video Extravaganza                Cypress

Sponsored by the Student Caucus


Friday March 21, 2008 9:00 a.m.

JFA Business Meeting                Boardroom B


Friday March 21, 2008 8:30-10:00 a.m.


40. (SF) Ecocriticism and SF  Oak

Chair: Brian Cotts

University of Saskatchewan


Science Fiction and the Myth of Control

Tonia L. Payne



Recapturing Science Fiction's "Sense of Wonder" in the Environmentalist Age

Eric Otto

Florida Gulf Coast University


The Sublime Challenge of Climate Change: Terraforming the Planet, Terraforming Ourselves

Patrick D. Murphy

University of Central Florida


41. (CYA) More Than Is Seen      Maple

Chair: Helen Pilinovsky

California State University – San Bernardino


Finding Clues in the Pictures: A Close Reading for Science Fiction Elements of The Watertower

Chieh-Lan Li

Penn State University


What God Reigns in Your World? Understanding the God of George MacDonald and C.S. Lewis as Seen in Their Fantasies for Children

Melissa Adams

Hollins University


The Interiority of Evil in The Chronicles of Narnia: Reading Aslan’s Supremacy over the Northern Witches through the Discourse of the Sublime and the Beautiful

Daryl Ritchot

Trinity Western University


42. (FM) Cylons, Clones, and Simulacra of Various Kinds: Issues and Problems in Cinematic (Cyborg) Identity      Cypress

Chair: J. P. Telotte

Georgia Tech


No Utopia Here: Failed Representations of the Cylon, the Cyborg, or the "Postbiological"

Susan A. George

University of California, Davis


From Toaster to Goddess: The Path of Sharon “Athena” Agathon

Michael Underwood

Ivy Tech Community College


The Ending of Spielberg’s A.I.

Andrew Gordon

University of Florida, Gainesville


43. (H) Horrifying Lessons      Palm

Chair: Elizabeth Miller

Professor Emerita, Toronto


Teaching Horror: Subversion, Sublimity, and SO MUCH BLOOD!

Franc Auld

University of South Florida – St. Petersburg


The Sublime Trials of Jack Ketchum: Teaching The Girl Next Door in the Era of Torture Porn

Douglas Ford

Manatee Community College


The Unlearning: Horror and Transformation Theory

Michael A. Arnzen

Seton Hill University


44. (IF) Time, Space, and Sublime Sexualities      Magnolia

Chair: Paula M. Bruno

St. Edwards University


Transgendered Characters in Brazilian Speculative Fiction: from the Sublime to the Absurd

Elizabeth Ginway

University of Florida


Life, Death, Sexuality, and Resurrection: The Transcendent Transsexuality of Children in Literature

Novella Brooks de Vita

Houston Community College, Central Campus


Space and Time Anomalies in Nox Perpetua, Fábulas de una abuela extraterrestre, and “Serenity”

Matt Hoge

Idaho State University


45. (FE) Seeking, Healing and Finding: Fantasy Paradigms      Dogwood

Chair: Brecken Rose Hancock

University of New Brunswick


The Word for World is Story: Fantasy as Healing Ritual in Thomas King’s Green Grass, Running Water

Greg Bechtel

University of Alberta


(De) Valuing Race and Species in Butler’s Lilith’s Brood

Glenn D. Jackson

University of Kentucky


Looking for Love Across Time & Space: The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Lake House, and Griffin & Sabine

Andrew Seeger

Auburn University-Montgomery


46. (SF/FE) Panel: WWII and SF  Captiva A/B

Moderator: Kathleen Ann Goonan

Joe Haldeman

Gary Wolfe

Andy Duncan

Ellen Klages

Eileen Gunn

Donald Morse


47. Author Reading V                Pine

Host: Farah Mendlesohn

Alexander C. Irvine

Judith Moffett

Marie Brennan

Friday March 21, 2008 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


48. (CYA) Science and Knowledge in Children’s Literature      Oak

Chair: Michael M. Levy

University of Wisconsin-Stout


The Utopian Function of Memory in Lois Lowry's The Giver

Carter F. Hanson

Valparaiso University


Tying the String Theories of Life: The Bartimaeus Trilogy and Modern Science

David Whitehead

Buffalo State College


Impertinent Miracles at the British Museum: Egyptology and Edwardian Fantasies for Young People

Karen Sands-O’Connor

Buffalo State College


49. (FE) Eschatology and Mythology: The Works of Wolfe & Tolkien      Maple

Chair: Stefan Ekman

Lund University


Gene Wolfe’s Use of Popular Fantasy Motifs

Edgar L. Chapman

Bradley University


The End of Middle-earth: Tolkien’s Three Eschatological Tales

Elizabeth Whittingham

SUNY Brockport


Margins of the Outsider: Infinity, Subjectivity, and Deferral in Gene Wolfe's Sun Sequence

Brian Cotts

University of Saskatchewan


50. (SF) Negotiating Otherness      Cypress

Chair: Monty Vierra

Idaho State University


Doris Lessing’s Transitions

Sharon DeGraw

Michigan State University


Alternate Realities, Alternate Minds: Human-Alien Relations in C.J. Cherryh’s Wave without a Shore and Voyager in Night

Bridget Whelan

University of Louisiana


The Imperial Sublime: Inner-Space Frontiers in 1960s Science Fiction

David Higgins

Indiana University


51. (CC) Capitalism, Control, and Connotation: Fan Fictions and Fan Economies      Palm

Chair: Robin Anne Reid

Texas A&M - Commerce


Unnatural Little Beasts: The Possibility of Twincest from the Perspective of Fannish Reception of the Harry Potter Series

Vera Cuntz

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz


Dollars and Scents: The Collision of Fandom and Economics in the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Community

Barbara Lucas

Lakeland Community College


Selling Shakespeare’s Sister: Commodification and Control of the Fan Fiction Economy

Eden Lee Lackner

Independent Scholar


52. (H) Zombies and Wanderers      Magnolia



53. (FE) The Fantastic in Classic British Literature      Dogwood

Chair: Faye Ringel

U.S. Coast Guard Academy


Negotiable Identity in G.K. Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday

Lucas H. Harriman

University of Miami


Yeats, Stoker, and "English" Modernity: Reading Dracula Against the Irish Revival

Paul Saunders

Queen's University


Atavism and the Misbegotten in Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Rebecca Surovik

Texas Tech University


54. Panel: Poetry from Mayapple Press                Captiva A/B

Moderator: Judith Kerman

Brian Aldiss

Tenea Johnson

Marilyn Jurich

David Lunde

Don Riggs

Lorraine Schein


55. Author Reading VI                Pine

Host: James Patrick Kelly

John Kessel

Rick Wilber

Joe Haldeman


Friday March 21, 2008 12:15-2:30 p.m.


Guest Scholar’s Luncheon                Grand Ballroom

"Contemporary Photography and the Technological Sublime or, Can There be a Science Fiction Photography?"

Roger Luckhurst

Host: Sherryl Vint


Friday March 21, 2008 2:45-3:45 p.m.


56. (SF) SF Theory Roundtable Reading      Oak

"The Science Fiction Sublime" from The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction by Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr.

Moderator: Sherryl Vint

Brock University


57. (CYA) Findings from the Survey on SF Fans' Childhood Reading Habits Maple

Chair: Joe Sutliff Sanders

California State University, San Bernardino


Farah Mendlesohn

Middlesex University

Zara Baxter

Independent Scholar


58. (CC) Intersections: Video Games, Film, and the Gothic Novel      Cypress

Chair: Kirk Fuoos

St. Lawrence University


How I Progress the Gothic Tale: Super Paper Mario and the Sublime

Tiffany Teofilo

Ohio University


Instances and Representations of Roleplaying Games in Film

Gérard Kraus

Aberystwyth University


59. (VPA) Shadows Cast by Outward Things  Palm

Chair: Bryan D. Dietrich

Newman University


Sublime Dreamscapes

Cat S. Marshall

Louisiana State University


Laurie Hassold's Strange Attractors: Fantastic, Sublime, and Horrific

Cris Hassold

New College of Florida


60. (FE) Meet Me at The Mead Hall: The Fantastic Elements of Beowulf      Magnolia

Chair: Elizabeth Whittingham

SUNY Brockport


Deconstructing Grendel: A Reinterpretation of the Christian Element in Beowulf

Christopher Corbin

Florida Southern College


Gaiman’s Beowulf: A Semiotic Analysis

Scott D. Vander Ploeg

Madisonville Community College


61. (FE) Medieval Mysteries and Modern Fantasies      Dogwood

Chair: John Pennington

St. Norbert College


Mystery 1 Mystery 2: A Search for the Sublime in the Cadfael Chronicles

Marie Nelson

University of Florida


Tidings of Discomfort and Joy: Neil Gaiman’s "Murder Mysteries"

Joe Sanders

Shadetree Scholar


62. (H) Panel: Teaching Horror  Captiva A/B

Moderator: Gina Wisker

Franc Auld

Douglas Ford

Michael A. Arnzen

Rhonda Brock-Servais


63. Author Reading VII                Pine

Host: Randall Hill

Dennis Danvers

Vernor Vinge

Robert J. Sawyer


Friday March 21, 2008 4:00-5:30 p.m.


64. (H) Glamorous and Unrepentant: The Undead      Oak

Chair: Franc Auld

University of South Florida – St. Petersburg


Zombies: Can the Even the Most “Ordinary” Monster Become Sublime?

Kim Paffenroth

Iona College


There Are Other Ways To Be What We Are: Development of the Repentant Vampire Antihero in Modern Television

Samantha Holcomb

Independent Scholar


65. Poetry Readings                Maple

Host: Judith Kerman

Gina Wisker

Patricia Harkins-Pierre

Sandra Lindow

Michael A. Arnzen

Joe Haldeman

Fox Harrell


66. (FM) (Post) Medieval Monsters, Monstrous Bodies and Delicate Palates: Marking the Other in Dr. Who, Babylon 5 and 300       Cypress

Chair: Brian Rapp

Full Sail Real World Education


“Who” is the Monster?: Medieval Literature’s Influences on Modern Sci-Fi

Tim Shorkey

Wayne State University


Coffee, Spoo and Things that Wiggle on the Plate: Food as Identity, Belonging and Alienation in Babylon 5

Leisa Clark

University of South Florida


From Thermopylae to Ground Zero: Distorted Representations of the "Other" in 300

Melissa Elston

University of Texas of the Permian Basin


67. (SF) Posthumanism      Palm

Chair: Arthur D. Hlavaty

Independent Scholar


Radical Transformations: Transhumanism as an Ideological Response to Technological Issues

John Fast

Florida Atlantic University


Vernor Vinge’s Conception of “Group Mind” As It Pertains to Contemporary Robotics Applications

Loren Means

Independent Scholar


A Man’s Mind is his Castle: Memory Manipulation in Philip K. Dick’s “We Can Remember it for you Wholesale” and Spider Robinson’s Deathkiller

Rebecca Testerman

Ohio State University


68. (CYA) Ethics in Reading      Magnolia

Chair: Bridgid Shannon

Hollins University


How to Read a Dangerous Book: Supervising Child Education in an Age of Revolution

Elizabeth Hoiem

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


A Daoist Reading of The Little Prince

Hsiao-Hui Yang

Penn State University


Stepping-Blocks in Neverland

Jamie Kinsley

University of South Florida


69. (FE) Encounters With the Dead Including Irish Wakes      Dogwood

Chair: Adam Guzkowski

Trent University


Realms Apart? Sacred Ontology and Desacralized World in Wideman’s The Cattle Killing

Luminita Dragulescu

University of West Virginia


J.M. Synge and the Irish Wake Tradition: Revenants and Resurrections in Riders to the Sea and The Shadow of the Glen

Craig Morehead

University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Popular Encounters with the Dead: Necromancy, Knowledge and The Sublime in Narrative Media

Nickianne Moody

Liverpool John Moores University


70. (SF/FM) Panel: SF and Pedagogy       Captiva A/B

Moderator: Doug Davis

Lisa Yaszek

Craig Jacobsen

Neil Easterbrook

J. P. Telotte


71. Author Reading VIII                Pine

Host: Judith Moffett

Suzy McKee Charnas

Gregory Wilson

Jennifer Stevenson


Friday March 21, 2008 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Student Caucus Meeting                Captiva A/B


Friday March 21, 2008 6:45-8:00 p.m.

Lord Ruthven Assembly                Captiva A/B


Friday March 21, 2008 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Guest of Honor Reading                Capri

Greer Gilman Reads from Cloud and Ashes

Host: Faye Ringel


Friday March 21, 2008 9:30-10:30 p.m.

Special Panel: Global Fantastique                Capri

Moderator: James Morrow

David Hartwell

Kathryn Morrow

Stefan Ekman

Brian Aldiss

Javier Martinez


Friday March 21, 2008 10:30 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Smut and Nothing But                Cypress

Host: Jennifer Stevenson


Saturday March 22, 2008 8:30-10:00 a.m.


72. (CYA) Dreams of the Present and Past        Oak

Chair: Joe Sutliff Sanders

California State University – San Bernardino


Milagros — Miracles and Wonders: Zorro, Juan Diego, and the Deadly Sublime in Old California

Amanda Cockrell

Hollins University


Fantasies of Desire in Children’s Literature

Jackie C. Horne

Simmons College


The Swift and the Fowl

Shannon Stanton

Hollins University


73. (FE) The Lost, the Dark and the Woods      Maple

Chair: Scott Vander Ploeg

Madisonville Community College


Equipoised at the Ausible Chasm: The Liminal Kelly Link

Sydney Duncan

Frostburg State University


In the Dark of the Knight: Chaucer’s Meditation on Death, Dying, and Acceptance

Stacie Hanes

Kent State University


Profusion Sublime and Fantastic: Robert Holdstock’s Mythago Wood

Marek Oziewicz

University of Wroclaw


74. (FM) A Tangled Web: Deception in Contemporary Film and Television      Cypress

Chair: Mary Pharr

Florida Southern College


Magical Misdirection: An Ethical Analysis of Lying and Deception in the Harry Potter Films

Kurt Poland

Florida Southern College


Deceit and the Mob: American Obsession in The Sopranos and The Departed

Jessica Balfour

Florida Southern College


Playing at Survivor: Lies and Self-Preservation in the Films of Pedro Almodóvar

Raquel Encalada

Florida Southern College


75. (FM) Evoking the Sublime through Dreams and Music in the Works of David Lynch and Peter Jackson      Palm

Chair: Stephanie Vianelli

California State University, Long Beach


The Sublime Uncanny: Music, Transgression, and Circular Time in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks

Isabella van Elferen

Utrecht University


Apollo, Dionysos, Tolkien, Jackson: The Nietzschean Sublime in The Lord of the Rings 1: The Fellowship of the Ring

Don Riggs

Drexel University


76. (VPA) The Play's the Thing      Magnolia

Chair: Brad Klypchak

Texas A&M University - Commerce


Waiting for Equus

Graham Wolfe

University of Toronto


Recontextualizing Night of the Living Dead: How Lori Allen Ohm's Stage Adaptation Troubles Current Society

Rob Connick

Bowling Green State University


The Mind's Eye: Amusing and Grotesque Self-Portraiture in Tennessee Williams' The Gnadiges Fraulein

Adrian L. Cook

University of Texas at Dallas


77. (FE) The Sublime and the Not-so-Sublime of the Feminine      Dogwood

Chair: Jeffrey Weinstock

Central Michigan University


The Only One of Her Kind?: Alterity and The Female Werewolf In the Work of Kelly Armstrong and Sparkle Hayter

Adam Guzkowski

Trent University


The Dispossessed: Feminine Dystopia

Janet A. Little

Radford University


78. (SF) Panel: Technoculture and SF  Captiva A/B

Moderator: Sherryl Vint

Roger Luckhurst

Lisa Yaszek

Doug Davis

Fox Harrell

Rob Latham


79. Author Reading IX                Pine

Host: Rick Wilber

Jean Lorrah

Bruce Boston

Stephen Leech (Dell Award Winner)


Saturday March 22, 2008 10:30-12:00 p.m.


80. (H) Vampiric Points of Departure      Oak

Chair: Michael A. Arnzen

Seton Hill University


Citizen Dracula: The Orson Welles Version of Bram Stoker's Novel

Lokke Heiss

University of Missouri


From Notes to Novel: An Illustrated Examination of Stoker's Dracula Papers

Elizabeth Miller

Professor Emerita, Toronto


Alexander Dumas’ Vampire Story

Radu Florescu

Boston College


81. (CYA) A Sense of Place      Maple

Chair: D. Rachael Bishop

Hollins University


Myse en Abime and Sensawunda: Ideations of Interdependence between Character and Setting in Children’s Books--Dominance, Synergy, and Reflexivity

Bridgid Shannon

Hollins University


Fighting Green: Two Different Approaches to the Ecosublime in Tamora Pierce and Robin Hobb

Michael Hancock

University of Saskatchewan


Flying into an Other World: David Wiesner's Fantasy Picturebooks

Xu Xu

Penn State University


82. (CC) Participation and Personalization: Constructing Fan Communities      Cypress

Chair: Eden Lee Lackner

Independent Scholar


Fan Culture and Emily Bronte

Clayton Wyatt

Murray State University


Reading Terry Pratchett’s Discworld

Eve Smith

Liverpool John Moores University


History and Fandom Wank

Karen Hellekson

Independent Scholar


83. (SF) The Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin      Palm

Chair: Winter Elliott

Brenau University


Becoming Old Music: Aging and Generativity in the Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin

Sandra Lindow

Independent Scholar


Combating Cultural Extinction in Le Guin's The Telling

Monty Vierra

Idaho State University


84. (FE) The Light and Dark in Classic Fantasy      Magnolia

Chair: Joe Sanders

Shadetree Scholar


The Waves: Virginia Woolf’s Mysterious Universe

Sounds of Sublimity: Auditory Images and the Evocation of the Sublime in Hawthorne’s Sketches, Tales and Romances

Alan Tack

DeVry University-Phoenix


Minds of Winter and the Polar Sublime: Spofford’s Rewriting of Poe’s Pym in the "Moonstone Mass"

Jeffrey Weinstock

Central Michigan University


85. (IF) Fantastic Prophecy, Myth, and Song      Dogwood

Chair: Juan Carlos Toledano

Lewis and Clark College


The River Runs to the Road and Returns: The Circle and the Cross in Prophetic African Literature

Alexis Brooks de Vita

Texas Southern University


The Ungodly and the Absurd: Two "Fantastic" Chapbooks from the Eighteenth Century and Other Frivolous Ruminations

Marilyn Jurich

Suffolk University


Mythology in Modern Fantasy

Colin Meldrum

Idaho State University


86. (SF) Panel: Cyberpunk and Beyond       Captiva A/B

Moderator: Sherryl Vint

John Kessel

Ted Chiang

James Patrick Kelly

Ellen Datlow


87. Author Reading X                Pine

Host: Christine Mains

Gregory Frost

Mary Turzillo

Patricia A. McKillip


Saturday March 22, 2008 12:00-12:15 p.m.

Locus Photograph                 Poolside


Saturday March 22, 2008 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Special Panel: To the Axis Mundi: ICFA in the Pull of the Magic Kingdom      Captiva A/B

Karen Hellekson

Independent Scholar

Craig Jacobsen

Mesa Community College


Saturday March 22, 2008 2:00-3:30 p.m.


88. (FM) “Satan, Syphilis, and Vampires, Oh My!”: Dracula Comes to Masterpiece Theatre      Oak

Chair: Tim Shorkey

Wayne State University


Adapting to the Adaptation: Stoker’s Women and the Emasculation of Van Helsing in Bill Eagles’ Dracula

J. Robert Craig

Central Michigan University


Syphilis Nation and Globalisation: The Once-and-Future Curses of Two Post-Modern Draculas

Kenneth Jurkiewicz

Central Michigan University


Primal Screams and the PBS Satanic Sublime in Dracula

Carrol L. Fry

Professor Emeritus, Northwest Missouri State University


89. (FM) Zombies, Machines, and War: Shifting Representations in the Post-Modern Era      Maple

Chair: Leisa Clark

University of South Florida


I’m here to Save You: Criticism of the Role of the Military in the Films Inspired by the Novel I Am Legend

Rikk Mulligan

Michigan State University


The Evolution of the Shambling Hordes: The Zombie from Mindless Servant to Raging Revolutionary

Chun Lee

University of Louisiana, Lafayette


Embodied Technology and the Sublime: Transformers Bring the War Home

Jason W. Ellis

Kent State University


90. (VPA) Music of the Spheres      Cypress

Chair: Stefan Hall

Bowling Green State University


Dancing the Numinous: Embodying and Performing Fantasy and Mystery in Contemporary American Belly Dance

Jeana Jorgensen

Indiana University


"He played it left hand": Ziggy Stardust, The Elephant Man, and David Bowie's "Otherness"

Stephen Harrick

Bowling Green State University


The Vile Delinquents: Sublimity and Noise in Dødheimsgard's Supervillain Outcast

Brad Klypchak

Texas A&M University - Commerce


91. (H) Sublime Women and their Ghastly Houses Palm

Chair: Bernadette Bosky

Independent Scholar


Sex and the Single Witch: Gender, Power, and Transformation in Bell, Book & Candle

Kathy Davis Patterson

Kent State Tuscarawas


To die for: Celebrating the Body Beautiful in Women’s Horror: Elizabeth Baathory, Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s "The Good Lady Ducayne" (C19th), Nalo Hopkinson’s "A Habit of Waste" (C21st)

Gina Wisker

University of Brighton


92. (SF) The Sublime and SF’s Sense of Wonder      Magnolia

Chair: Skye Cervone

Florida Atlantic University


Sense of Wonder: an sf mode

Sha Lar

University of California – SC


The Slipstream Sublime: Between Sense of Wonder and Feeling Very Strange

David Sandner

California State University, Fullerton


Description on the Edge: The Rhetorical Sublime in Science Fiction

Albert Wendland

Seton Hill University


93. (CYA) Troubling Traditional Forms      Dogwood

Chair: Alaine Martaus

Hollins University


Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower: Subverting Whom?

Rebecca Ann Anderson

Illinois State University


Iterations of Alice

Helen Pilinovsky

California State University – San Bernardino


94. (IF) Panel: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous: Humor and the Sublime      Captiva A/B

Moderator: Dale Knickerbocker

Virginia Harger-Grinling

Elizabeth Ginway

Michaela Roessner-Herman

Graham Wolfe

Paula M. Bruno

Heidi Faletti


95. Author Reading XI                Pine

Host: Bryan Dietrich

Marge Simon

David Lunde

Sonya Taaffe


Saturday March 22, 2008 4:00-5:30 p.m.


96. (SF) Science and the Sublime      Oak

Chair: John Fast

Florida Atlantic University


The Sublimity of Technological Spatial Artifice: The Carrollian Fantastic in H. G. Wells, Kurt Vonnegut, and Rudy Rucker

Cristopher Hollingsworth

University of South Alabama


The Scientific Sublime: Constructing a Scientific Philosophy in Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed

Winter Elliott

Brenau University


Asimov’s Psychohistory and the Representation of Technologically Sublime Intellectual Landscapes

Jari Käkelä

University of Helsinki


97. (FM) Camp, Nostalgia, and Ecopolitics on the Silverscreen       Maple

Chair: Carrol L. Fry

Professor Emeritus, Northwest Missouri State University


Dr Phibes and the Theatre of Blood: The Camp Horror of Vincent Price

Ronald C. Thomas

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide


Populist Kills and Esoteric Thrills: Exploring the Ambivalent and Paradoxical Messages in Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse

Brian Rapp

Full Sail Real World Education


98. (CC) Interface and Immersion: Closure, Control, and the Digital Sublime      Cypress

Chair: Tiffany Teofilo

Ohio University


Digital Games and the Technological Sublime

Eugenie Shinkle

University of Westminster


Scalpel Control: Images, Code, and the Sublime in Metal Gear Solid and Bioshock

Scott Reed

University of Georgia


Video Games and Sequential Art: The Sublime Experience of the Gamer In Earthbound

Concetta Bommarito

Florida Atlantic University


99. (FE) Space, Time and Power: Aspects of the Fantastic      Palm

Chair: Andrew Seeger

Auburn University-Montgomery


Octavia Butler’s Religious Politicizing of Frederick Douglass: Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents as Feminist Neo-Slave Narratives

John Pennington

St. Norbert College


Beyond Eucatastrophe: Journeying Through the Sublimity of Charles de Lint’s Widdershins to Otherworlds of Possibility

Taryne Jade Taylor

Florida Atlantic University


100. (SF) The Specifics of SF’s Worlds      Magnolia

Chair: Jennifer Gunnels

Independent Scholar


“Outrunning that monster revenge”: Flight and The Bird is Gone: A Manifesto

Grace L. Dillon

Portland State University


Warfare and the "Landscape of Consciousness" in Starhawk's The Fifth Sacred Thing and Pat Murphy's The City, Not Long After

Patricia A. Evans

Texas State University-San Marcos


The Evolution of the Science Fiction Pastoral: The Scarlet Plague, Earth Abides, and The Wild Shore

Alexandre Donald



101. (IF) Sublime Otherness      Dogwood

Chair: Virginia Harger-Grinling

Memorial University of Newfoundland


The Overdetermined Sublime in Dostoevsky’s The Double and Kafka’s The Trial

Heidi Faletti

Buffalo State College


The Sublime and its Others: Explorations of Short Fiction and the Fantastic in Spain

Paula M. Bruno

St. Edwards University


The "Other" Science: A Study of Amitav Ghosh’s Calcutta Chromosome

Mayurika Chakravorty

University of London


102. (H) Panel: Canonical Vampire      Captiva A/B

Moderator: James Craig Holte

Stephanie Moss

Lokke Heiss

Elizabeth Miller


103. Author Reading XII                Pine

Host: Gregory Frost

James Morrow

James Patrick Kelly

Guy Gavriel Kay


Saturday March 22, 2008 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Wine and Beer Reception                Grand Ballroom Foyer


Saturday March 22, 2008 8:00-11:00 p.m.

IAFA Awards Banquet                Grand Ballroom


Saturday March 22, 2008 11:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.

All Conference Farewell Party                 Poolside