From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Subject: Re: (urth) Generic Considerations Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 13:19:47 -0700 Hitsuji, This looks like an interesting post. Alas, the lines are truncated sufficiently to make it unreadible. I believe this is a "feature" of the list reflector. Can you repost with carriage returns breaking the lines? >From: Mike Sakasegawa >Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org >To: >Subject: Re: (urth) Generic Considerations >Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 13:07:43 -0700 > >Blattid wrote: > > This reverts to the subect/object orientation of SF/MF. SF expends > > much of it discursive energy on the level of the object, creating > > and analyzing things that do not exist in the "consensus" world. MF > > need not do this and uses more of its discursive energy creating > > and analyzing the subjectivity of characters. But the subjects of > > attention and analysis in MF are no more (or less) "real" than the > > objects of attention and analysis in SF; though one could reasonably > > claim, I suppose, that they represent a kind of thing that exists > > in the consensus world, where deliquescing doors and transporters > > do not ... > > > >You talked about how an SF reader tends to decode the language used in >different ways from an MF reader, and here you talk about the focus of the >writer's discursive energy. I'm still not sure I comp > >I'm not an expert on genre criticism, especially in book form, but in film >criticism, some critics define genres by the semantic and syntactic >elements of the films which comprise it's body. The sema > >A lot of "soft" SF is mainly focused on the subjective experience and >emotional state of the characters. For example, most of the works of Orson >Scott Card. True, he does spend some portion of each >f MF and for "hard" SF, but I'm not sure that it includes "lighter" works >into each genre that should be included. > >Unfortunately, it seems that what constitutes a genre depends highly on who >is asked, and should that be the case? To me, Vonnegut _has_ written SF, >even if he doesn't think so, because he uses certa > >On a completely unrelated note, I've decided on a Whorl-type name for >myself. I picked the Japanese word for "Sheep," as that is the Japanese >zodiac sign for the year in which I was born. Thus: > >-Hitsuji > > >-- _________________________________________________________________ Help STOP SPAM with the new MSN 8 and get 2 months FREE* http://join.msn.com/?page=features/junkmail --