Miscellany from the Material World of Books
"Each picture, each piece of music presents us with the organ we need in order to receive it, 'gives' us the eye and the ear we need in order to see it and hear it."
- Maurice Blanchot, "Reading," The Gaze of Orpheus
Podcast: Imagining Mars
Robert Crossley, Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Boston, taught in the English department for 37 years and served nine years as department chair. He is the author of Imagining Mars: A Literary History (Wesleyan University Press, 2011); Olaf Stapledon: Speaking for the Future (Syracuse University Press, 1994); and H. G. Wells (Starmont, 1986). He is the editor of Octavia Butler’s Kindred (Beacon Press 1988; revised 2004), of An Olaf Stapledon Reader (Syracuse, 1997), and of Talking Across the World: Love Letters of Olaf Stapledon and Agnes Miller, 1913-1919 (University Press of New England, 1987). His essays on a variety of subjects, including utopian literature, pedagogy, literature and science, epic poetry, and science fiction and fantasy have appeared in Genre, Philological Quarterly, The Georgia Review, Essays and Studies of the English Association, Science Fiction Studies, College English, English Literature In Transition, and other venues. He is currently working on essays on Paradise Lost and Wordsworth’s Prelude.