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Abstract

On November 11,1985 the Rycenga Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of English, the Convocation Committee, and the Student Government of Sacred Heart University, presented a screening of Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury's science fiction novel about a future world in which books are not only banned but burned. (Bradbury's title comes from the temperature at which book paper catches fire.) Following the film, George Bluestone, a filmmaker, writer, and critic currently teaching at Boston University, delivered a lecture on "Technological Futopianism and Fahrenheit 451" and led a discussion on issues not only by Bradbury and Truffaut but also by a variety of other artists and social analysts concerned with the impact of technology on modern life and art. The following is an edited transcript of Professor Bluestone s talk and his responses to questions from the audience.

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