FSC professor edits
LAKELAND, Fla. (April
11, 2003) - Dr. Mary Pharr, English professor at Florida Southern
College, is the editor of the recently published anthology "Fantastic
Odysseys: Selected Essays from the Twenty-Second International Conference
on the Fantastic in the Arts" (Praeger-GPG, 2003).
"Fantastic Odysseys" takes the metaphor of the odyssey outside the
epic genre by exploring its trails within an array of other literary
and dramatic forms of the fantastic. Authors studied include Borges,
Millás, Kafka, Malamud, Hoffmann, Ende, Straub, King, McKillip,
Tiptree, Robinson, and Clarke; films include "Them!," "The Rapture,"
"American Psycho," and "Fight Club." The anthology is available
through Amazon.com and other booksellers.
Howard V. Hendrix, Ph.D., science fiction author and educator at
California State University, endorses the anthology, stating, "'Fantastic
Odysseys,' like the odyssey itself, is a tour de force in both senses:
an impressive feat and a journey that must be taken.... Highly recommended."
Pharr has been with the college for over sixteen years. She teaches
classes ranging from Romanticism to film to the epic. She has served
as a member of the Speakers Bureau for the Florida Humanities Council
and as an officer in the International Association for the Fantastic
in the Arts. The author of both journal articles and book chapters
in the field of fantastic fiction and film, she has also co-edited,
with Leonard G. Heldreth, the anthology "The Blood Is the Life:
Vampires in Literature" (Bowling Green State Univ. Press, 1999).
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.