Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Mythlore Fall/Winter 2018

Details on the latest number of Mythlore. Full ordering information at http://www.mythsoc.org/mythlore/mythlore-133.htm.

Mythlore 133 Volume 37, Issue 1
Fall/Winter 2018

Table of Contents Editorial
— Janet Brennan Croft

The Process of Salvation in Pearl and The Great Divorce
— Amber Dunai

Paradise Retold: Lewis’s Reimagining of Milton, Eden, and Eve
— Benita Huffman Muth

“No Pagan Ever Loved His God”: Tolkien, Thompson, and the Beautification of the Gods
— Megan Fontenot

Turning Back the Tides: The Anglo-Saxon Vice of Ofermod in Tolkien’s Fall of Arthur
— Colin J. Cutler

Nazis in the Shire: Tolkien and Satire
— Jerome Donnelly

Tolkien’s Gimpy Heroes
— Victoria Holtz Wodzak

A Cloud of Witnesses: External Mediation in Frodo’s Journey to Rivendell and Beyond
— Carl P. Olson

A Modern Fairy-story: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Seen through the Prism of Tolkien’s Classic Essay
— Douglas Charles Kane

The Romance and the Real: A.S. Byatt’s Possession: A Romance
— Jordana Long

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: A Postmodern Epic for America
— Susan Gorman

Paul Edwin Zimmer’s Alliterative Style: A Metrical Legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien and Poul Anderson
— Dennis Wilson Wise

Notes and Letters

  • Back to the Beginning: Rudyard Kipling’s Story of the Invention of Writing, Marie Nelson
  • On Julian Eilmann’s J.R.R. Tolkien: Romanticist and Poet, Reviewed by Kris Swank in Mythlore #132, Nancy Martsch
  • Bilingual Puns in The Lord of the Rings, Pierre H. Berube
  • Reviews
  • Phantastes: Annotated Edition by George MacDonald, edited by John Pennington and Roderick McGillis, Tiffany Brooke Martin
  • The Faun’s Bookshelf: C.S. Lewis on Why Myth Matters by Charlie H. Starr, Louis Markos
  • Christian Mythmakers: C.S. Lewis. Madeleine L’Engle, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S Lewis, et al. (2nd ed.) by Rolland Hein, Sharon L. Bolding
  • Death and Immortality in Middle-earth, edited by Daniel Helen, Mike Foster
  • The Gothic Fairy Tale in Young Adult Literature: Essays on Stories from Grimm to Gaiman, edited by Joseph Abbruscato and Tanya Jones, Maria Alberto
  • Both Sides of the Wardrobe: C.S. Lewis, Theological Imagination, and Everyday Discipleship, edited by Rob Fennell, S. Dorman
  • Discworld and the Disciplines: Critical Approaches to the Terry Pratchett Works, edited by Anne Hiebert Alton and William C. Spruiell, Janet Brennan Croft
  • The Hobbit and Tolkien’s Mythology, edited by Bradford Lee Eden, David L. Emerson
  • Medievalism in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones by Shiloh Carroll, Joseph Young
  • Poetry and Song in the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Anna Milon, Diane Joy Baker
  • Briefly Noted: Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth, edited by Catherine McIlwaine; The Complete Fairy Tales by Charles Perrault, edited by Christopher Betts; The Mabinogion, translated by Sioned Davies; Janet Brennan Croft

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Mythcon 50 First Notice

Just came across the following on the Mythopoeic Society website. I'm hoping the formatting comes through okay.

Mythcon 50
August 2-5, 2019

Mythcon 50

Looking Back, Moving Forward
DRAFT logo by Sue Dawe

San Diego, California
August 2-5, 2019

Registration and Room & Board

The Mythopoeic Society's final celebration of our three fiftieth anniversary celebrations: our 50th Annual Mythopoeic Conference!

Theme: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Our theme is a head-nod to Roman mythology's Janus, the god of beginnings and endings, gates and doorways, transitions and passages and duality. So we are moving forward into the future while also, at least for this Mythcon, looking backward toward the place from where we've come.

Call for Papers will be available soon.

Local artist and Mythcon favorite Sue Dawe has agreed to run the art show and is currently working on our logo; she gave permission to share this draft image at the top of the page.

Guests of Honor

John Crowley - Author Guest of Honor

John Crowley was born in December, 1942, in Presque Isle, Maine, where his father, an Army Air Corps doctor, was stationed. He spent the war years (of which he remembers nothing) in Greenwich Village, in a family of women: his mother, older sister, aunt and grandmother, and baby sister. After the war his father resumed his medical practice in Brattleboro, Vermont, and then in 1952 took the family to Martin, Kentucky (pop. 700) to be medical director of a small Catholic hospital. John read Sherlock Holmes and Thomas Costain and Gods, Graves and Scholars, and decided to be an archeologist.

Two years later Doctor Crowley got a better job — head of the student infirmary at Notre Dame College (now University). John taught himself to write blank verse, composed the beginnings of tragedies, and planned for a career in the theater. He went to Indiana University, where he dropped that idea, majored in English and wrote poetry. Upon grduation, he went to New York City. There he planned to make films, wrote screenplays that were not produced, and began working on documentary films. He also began writing novels, beginning with a science fiction tale (The Deep, 1975)and then another (Beasts, 1977). But he had also begun writing a much larger and odder work, which would not be finished for ten years: Little, Big was published in 1981 and won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award in 1982. By then he had moved to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, where he met a woman he hired, on their first date, to do research for him on a documentary. After some years of friendship, courtship, collaboration, they married and had twin daughters. In 1992, through the intervention of Yale professors who had come to admire his work, he got a job teaching Creative Writing as an adjunct and later a half-time Senior Lecturer, from which eminence he retired in June of 2018.

John won his second Mythopoeic Fantasy Award in 2018 for KA: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr. We include the closing paragraph from his acceptance remarks here: “When he was in his eighties, the English writer Leonard Woolf, husband of Virginia, said at a literary dinner set out for him that the way to gain honor in British literary life is simply to live long enough. I don't think that that's the American standard. Which makes me doubly happy at the age I have reached to receive again this honor that once before came to me, close to the beginning of my career. My thanks to all who brought this about.”

Meanwhile he has all along continued to write books and stories, some magical, most historical in one way or another, none of them very much like any of the others. They are described on the pages of his website, which also includes his blog.

Verlyn Flieger - Scholar Guest of Honor

Verlyn Flieger is a specialist in comparative mythology with a concentration in J.R.R. Tolkien. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Tolkien, Celtic, Arthurian, Native American, and Norse myth. She holds an M.A. (1972) and Ph.D. (1977) from The Catholic University of America, and has been associated with the University of Maryland since 1976. Retired from teaching at the University of Maryland in 2012, she is Professor Emerita in the Department of English at UMD. She teaches courses online at Signum University.

Her best-known books are Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien's World (1983; revised edition, 2002); A Question of Time: J. R. R. Tolkien's Road to Faerie, which won the 1998 Mythopoeic Award for Inklings Studies; and Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien's Mythology (2005). She won a second Mythopoeic Award for Inklings Studies in 2002 for Tolkien's Legendarium: Essays on The History of Middle-earth, which she co-edited with Carl Hostetter, and a third Mythopoeic Award for Inklings Studies in 2013 for Green Suns and Faërie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien.

With David Bratman and Michael D. C. Drout, she is co-editor of Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review.

Verlyn has also written Pig Tale and The Inn at Corbies’ Caww, a novella, Avilion in The Doom of Camelot, an anthology of Arthurian fiction edited by James Lowder, and a short story, “Green Hill Country” in Doug Anderson's fantasy anthology, Seekers of Dreams.


Please join us in San Diego, California, for Mythcon 50. San Diego is a wonderful "destination city" where Mythcon has been held only once before in 1991 (Mythcon 22) and is well worth the return. Early Mythopoeic conferences were held primarily at colleges and universities, a more-affordable option back in the late 1960s through the 1980s; in the last decade Mythcons have been primarily hotel-based and we find this to be a kind of two-edged sword: hotels are almost always more comfortable in which to stay but much more challenging for shared meals, which many of us really enjoy. They are more expensive housing but sometimes less expensive function space (we must guarantee a high-enough number of room nights and spend a lot of money on food and beverage) but very expensive audio/visual support. These choices are always the challenge in planning every Mythcon.

For Mythcon 50, we are harkening back to our roots and will be on a university campus with very nice meeting space.

Registration and Room & Board

Registration is now open here.

Specific details and room & board packages will be available soon. Our plan will include breakfast and dinner (Friday and Saturday) or banquet (Sunday) in the room & board package; lunch will be on our own with many close options from which to choose. For people who aren't able or willing to stay in a dorm, there are several hotels on the trolley line, to which we'll link in the future.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Mythlore 132 Contents

Catching up again. Here are the details of the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of Mythlore. Ordering information at http://www.mythsoc.org/mythlore/mythlore-132.htm.

Mythlore 132 Volume 36, Issue 2
Spring/Summer 2018

— Janet Brennan Croft

Tyrion Lannister: A Fulcrum of Balance in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire
— Patricia Monk

“Love of Knowledge is a Kind of Madness”: Competing Platonisms in the Universes of C.S. Lewis and H.P. Lovecraft
— Guillaume Bogiaris

Allegorical Reference to Oxford University through Classical Myth in the Early Poetry of Dorothy L. Sayers: A Reading of “Alma Mater” from OP. I.
— Barbara L. Prescott

On Superhero Stories: The Marvel Cinematic Universe as Tolkienesque Fantasy
— A.G. Holdier

Bilbo Baggins and the Forty Thieves: The Reworking of Folktale Motifs in The Hobbit (and The Lord of the Rings)
— Giovanni Carmine Costabile

Notes and Letters

Ursula K. Le Guin: An Appreciation, David Bratman
Ursula K. Le Guin in Mythlore, Janet Brennan Croft
“The Valley of the Na,” Pat Wynne, from Mythlore #56 (Winter 1988)
J.R.R. Tolkien: Romanticist and Poet by Julian Eilmann, Kris Swank
C.S. Lewis and Christian Postmodernism by Kyoko Yuasa, Peter G. Epps
Owen Barfield: Philosophy, Poetry, and Theology by Michael Vincent Di Fucca, Tiffany Brooke Martin
Scotland’s Forgotten Treasure: The Visionary Romances of George MacDonald by Colin Manlove, Bonnie Gaarden
English People by Owen Barfield, Narnia and the Fields of Arbol by Matthew Dickerson and David O’Hara, and The Mythic Dimension by Joseph Campbell, Phillip Fitzsimmons
C.S. Lewis and the Art of Writing by Corey Latta, Tiffany Brooke Martin
C.S. Lewis and the Arts: Creativity in the Shadowlands, edited by Rod Miller, Michael David Prevett
Game of Thrones Versus History: Written in Blood by Brian Pavlac, Joseph Young
Detecting Wimsey: Papers on Dorothy L. Sayers’s Detective Fiction by Nancy-Lou Patterson, edited by Emily E. Auger and Janet Brennan Croft, Joe R. Christopher
Goddess and Grail: The Battle for Arthur’s Promised Land by Jeffrey John Dixon, Kris Swank


Introduction: Divination and Prophecy in Mythopoeic Fantasy
— Emily E. Auger

Letting Sleeping Abnormalities Lie: Lovecraft and the Futility of Divination
— Carol S. Matthews

Tarot and T.S. Eliot in Stephen King’s Dark Tower Novels
— Emily E. Auger

The Unlikely Milliner and the Magician of Threadneedle-street
— K.A. Laity

An Annotated List of Fantasy Novels Incorporating Tarot (1968-1989), Emily E. Auger
Divination and Prophecy in The Lord of the Rings: Some Observations, Robert Field Tredray

Divination and Human Nature by Peter T. Struck, Larry Swain
The Tarot of the Future by Arthur Rosengarten, Emily E. Auger 

Mythlore 131 Contents

Catching up. Here are the contents to the Fall/Winter 2017 number of Mythlore. The issue can be purchased from the Mythopoeic Society at http://www.mythsoc.org/mythlore/mythlore-131.htm.

Mythlore 131 Volume 36, Issue 1
Fall/Winter 2017
Table of Contents

— Janet Brennan Croft

Treasure in the Archives: A Celebration of Archival Collections
— Laura Schmidt

“Things That Were, and Things That Are, and Things That Yet May Be”: The J.R.R. Tolkien Manuscript Collection at Marquette University
— William M. Fliss

Into the Wild Woods: On the Significance of Trees and Forests in Fantasy Fiction
— Weronika Łaszkiewicz

“Countries of the Mind”: The Mundane, the Fantastic, and Reality in the Landscapes of Diana Wynne Jones’s Hexwood and Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom Series
— Brittani Ivan

“Morning Stars of a Setting World”: Alain de Lille’s De Planctu Naturæ and Tolkien’s Legendarium as Neo-Platonic Mythopoeia
— Christopher Vaccaro

“A Warp of Horror”: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sub-creation of Evil
— Richard Angelo Bergen

“Your Mother Died to Save You”: The Influence of Mothers in Constructing Moral Frameworks for Violence in Harry Potter
— Margaret S. Mauk

J.R.R. Tolkien and the 1954 Nomination of E.M. Forster for the Nobel Prize in Literature
— Dennis Wilson Wise

Maleldil and Reader Response in C.S. Lewis’s Out of the Silent Planet
— Thomas Rand

Three Rings for the Elven-kings: Trilogizing Tolkien in Print and Film
— Robert T. Tally

Notes and Letters
Hugo Dyson: An Update, David Bratman
Robert E. Havard: A Closer Look at the “Medical Inkling,” Sarah O’Dell
Memories of Clyde Kilby, Mike Foster
A Note on a Name, Verlyn Flieger
Letter to the Editor, J. Aleksandr Wootton

Beren and Lúthien, Katherine Neville
Tolkien’s Theology of Beauty, Phillip Irving Mitchell
The Fantastic of the Fin de Siècle, Douglas A. Anderson
Laughter in Middle-earth, Janet Brennan Croft
Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy, Glenn R. Gray
From Peterborough to Faery, David Emerson
The Ravenclaw Chronicles and Harry Potter for Nerds II, Jennifer W. Spirko
Deeper Magic, Diane Joy Baker
The Invention of Angela Carter, Dennis Wilson Wise
Forgotten Leaves: Essays from a Smial, Cait Coker
Tolkien Studies v.XIII, North Wind v.35, and VII v.33, Janet Brennan Croft

Briefly Noted, Janet Brennan Croft, Mike Foster

Friday, October 19, 2018

NEPCA Fantastic 2018

Here, belatedly, are the details of our farewell sessions. running this weekend. Full schedule accessible at https://nepca.blog/2018-conference/. (Further apologies for the lack of formatting; Blogger and Word don't get along.)

40th Annual Conference of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association
Worcester State University (Worcester, Massachusetts)
19-20 October 2018

Friday, 19 October at 2-3:15
Session 2: Frankenstein 1818 to 2018: 200 Years of Mad Scientists and Monsters I (S-205)

Chair: Saraliza Anzaldua (UCLA)

Frankenstein: A Personal History
Daniel Shank Cruz (Utica College)

Daniel Shank Cruz grew up in New York City and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Goshen College (B.A.) and Northern Illinois University (M.A., Ph.D.) and is currently an Associate Professor of English at Utica College in upstate New York. Daniel is the author of Queering Mennonite Literature, which is forthcoming from Penn State University Press in spring 2019. He has also published articles on a variety of contemporary North American authors in journals such as Crítica Hispánica, Mennonite Quarterly Review, the Journal of Mennonite Writing, and the Journal of Contemporary Thought, as well as in several book collections. His research interests include the intersections between ethnic minority literatures (especially Mennonite literature and Latinx literature) and queer literatures, archiving, and the role of geographical space in literature.

Looking at Frankenstein: Ten Filmmakers Capture the Monster
James Osborne (College of Saint Rose)

James Osborne teaches writing and film in the Department of English at the College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Arizona, an MA in English from Brooklyn College/CUNY, and a BA in English, with Dramatic Arts as a related field, from the University of Connecticut. His principal area of academic research is in adaptation studies, an interest explored in his dissertation, “Looking at Frankenstein: Ten Film Visions of Mary Shelley’s Novel, 1990-2015.” He lives in Albany, New York, with his wife Denise, a lecturer in Portuguese at the University at Albany.

Frankenstein and Transatlantic Monster Making in Robert J. Myer’s The Cross of Frankenstein (1975)
Matt Grinder (Union Institute and University)

Matt Grinder is a PhD Candidate at Union Institute and University where he studies literature and culture with an emphasis on Native American Literature. He also works as an English and Philosophy adjunct faculty member at Central Maine Community College.

Friday, 19 October at 3:30-4:45
Session 10: Frankenstein 1818 to 2018: 200 Years of Mad Scientists and Monsters II (S-205)

Chair: Marty Norden (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

New Adam, New Eve: The Brides of Frankenstein in Theodore Roszak’s Memoirs of Elizabeth Frankenstein (1986) and John Kessel’s Pride and Prometheus (2018)
Faye Ringel (U. S. Coast Guard Academy, Emerita)

Faye Ringel, the founder of the Fantastic Area, is Professor Emerita of English at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, having taught in the Department of Humanities for 25 years. She directed the Honors Program and taught the Honors Colloquium, composition and literature. After retiring from CGA, she taught British Literature at UConn Avery Point. Faye holds an A.B. in Comparative Literature from Brandeis University and doctorate in Comparative Literature from Brown University. She is the author of New England's Gothic Literature: History and Folklore of the Supernatural (E. Mellen Press, 1995) and articles in scholarly encyclopedias, collections, and journals, including a chapter in The Cambridge Companion to the American Gothic (2017) edited by Jeffrey Weinstock. Faye is a long-time NEPCA member and presenter, and she has published articles and presented conference papers on (among many other subjects) New England vampires, urban fantasy, demonic cooks, Lovecraft, King, Tolkien, Yiddish folklore, and sea music.

Frankenstein’s Justine Moritz: The Female Monster and Her Body
Saraliza Anzaldua (UCLA)

Saraliza Anzaldua, a frequent presenter in the Fantastic Area, is a teratologist with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Texas, Dallas and an M.A. in English Literature from National Taiwan University. She is currently a doctoral student with the philosophy department of UCLA. Her work is devoted to promoting teratology as a framework for social theory and moral inquiry. She also studies Chinese social philosophy, and Japanese martial philosophy.

Saturday, 20 October at 8-9:15
Session 18: Fantastic I: Deciphering Disney: Heroes and Villains in Fantastic Films of the Walt Disney Company (S-205)

Chair: Amie Doughty (SUNY Oneonta)

Merlin Knows Best: Patterns of Masculine Identity in Disney’s Animated Fantasies
Michael A Torregrossa (Independent Scholar)

Michael A. Torregrossa is a graduate of the Medieval Studies program at the University of Connecticut (Storrs). He is founder of both the Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain and the Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture and is the outgoing Fantastic (Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror) Area Chair for NEPCA. His research interests include adaptation, Arthuriana, comics and comic art, medievalism, monsters, and wizards, and his presentation builds upon his previous studies on Merlin included in Film & History and The Medieval Hero on Screen: Representations from Beowulf to Buffy.

Girls who are BRAVE: Young Women Warriors of the Spiritual Realm
June-Ann Greeley (Sacred Heart University)

June-Ann Greeley, PhD, is an associate professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She is also a board member of the Women's Studies Program and Director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program at SHU. June-Ann also chairs the “Belief” area of NEPCA.

Horror in Disney: Mob Mentality and Ideology in Beauty and the Beast (1991) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
Kellie Deys (Nichols College)

Kellie Deys is an Associate Professor of English at Nichols College. She chairs the English Department and the College’s Writing-Across-the-Curriculum program. She recently launched a Gender and Diversity Studies program. Her teaching and research interests include: Cultural Studies, Composition, Gender and Body Studies, Young Adult Literature, and Victorian Literature. Kellie has published on Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, celebrity culture, and practical applications of Freire’s problem-posing method.

Saturday, 20 October at 9:30-10:45
Session 21: Fantastic II: Heroes Reborn: New Models of Heroism in Fantastic Fiction (S-205)

Chair: Sharon Yang (Worcester State University)

The Librarians, Flynn Carsen, and the Aesthetics of Heroism
Nova Seals (Salve Regina University)

Nova Seals, a frequent presenter in the Fantastic Area, is a PhD candidate in Humanities at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. Nova is the Director of the Library and Archives at St. George’s School, an independent preparatory school in Middletown, Rhode Island where she also teaches philosophy courses. Her academic and research interests are philosophy, technology and aesthetics. Nova is particularly interested in how groups of people use technology, especially social media, to learn and transform artistic knowledge.

A More Feminine Way of Being: Growth and Aging in Ursula K. Le Guin’s Tehanu (1990) and The Other Wind (2001)
Kathleen Healey (Worcester State University)

Kathleen Healey is an Adjunct Professor of English at Worcester State University. She is the editor with Sharon Healy-Yang of Gothic Landscapes: Changing Eras, Changing Cultures, Changing Anxieties. Her interests include Gothic literature, American literature, fantasy, and science fiction, as well as the relationship between literature and the visual arts.

Decentering Monsterhood: John M. Ford’s The Last Hot Time
Angela Gustafsson Wyland (Southern New Hampshire University)

Angela Whyland graduated in 2017, with a MA in English Literature from Southern New Hampshire University, and has past degrees in Fashion Merchandising, Business Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies. In 2017, she was honored to have her MA thesis accepted for presentation by the Minnesota Teaching Conference on Writing and English and a paper on subversive colonial feminine captivity novels accepted for a panel at the annual National Women’s Studies Conference. Also that year, Angela presented a paper on “Spinning Threads: Fantasy and Reality in George MacDonald’s The Princess and Curdie” at the “North American Society for the Study of Romanticism” in Ottawa, CA, and her essay on “Schwab’s Imaginary Ethnographies: A Student’s Wanderings through Familiar Literary Texts and the Development of New Subjectivities” was published in “Dream & Reality”, a special issue of Acta Iassyensia Comparationis, an international journal of comparative literature. Recently, her essay on “The Role of the Fool within Dystopian Spaces,” which looks at the SF/F writer Steven Brust’s novel Vallista, was published in the 2018 volume of St. John’s University Press Humanities Review.

Reluctant Royals: Reading Royalty in YA Fantasy
Amie Doughty (SUNY Oneonta)

Amie Doughty, another veteran of the Fantastic Area, is a professor of English SUNY Oneonta and teaches children’s lit, fantasy, linguistics and composition. She is also Children’s and YA Lit and Culture Area Chair for PCA/ACA. Amie is the author of two monographs and the editor of a collection of essays. She works with both children’s and YA literature and urban fantasy and is currently working on a project about royalty in children’s and YA literature.

Saturday, 20 October at 11-12:15
Session 29: Fantastic III: Horrific Spaces (S-205)

Chair: Faye Ringel (U. S. Coast Guard Academy, Emerita)

A Realm for the Reanimated: The Magnificent Nightmare of Dr. Porter and Prof. Poe and Their Attempts to Raise the Dead in Victorian New England
Michael J. Bielawa (The Barnum Museum)

Award-winning author Michael J. Bielawa’s explorations have taken him to the Northeast's most exotic, and mysterious, places. He is the author of numerous articles and five books, including Wicked Bridgeport (which received the first-ever New England Paranormal Literary Award) and Wicked New Haven. Bielawa has discussed Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein on NPR and brought Connecticut’s unique folklore to light on WABC-TV affiliate programs, Good Morning Connecticut and Connecticut Style. Mike has written for Major League Baseball (about abandoned 19th century ballparks), Connecticut Magazine (“The Lost Treasure of Seaside Park”) and London’s Fortean Times (“Barnum and the World’s Greatest Ghoul”); forthcoming works include an essay in the Autumn 2018 issue of The Edgar Allan Poe Review. Mike has shared his research with radio audiences on WCBS, WABC-AM, and WPLR-FM, and he celebrated New Haven’s 17th century “Phantom Ship” when he created the 4-story-tall illuminated art installation, “The Persistence of Legend.” Mike is an ongoing lecturer and consultant for The Barnum Museum ,and he has lectured about Jackie Robinson for the NEA. His dedication to preserving New England history has been covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

American Mythology and Mythopoeia: Blackwood and Lovecraft
Russell Brickey (Youngstown State University)

Russell Brickey holds an MFA and PhD from Purdue University, and he is currently an instructor at Youngstown State University. Russell’s publications include a number of scholarly, journalistic, and creative works, including a reader’s guide to Sharon Olds and two books of poetry.

Childhood as Landscape in The Village of the Damned (1960)
Heather Flyte (Lehigh University)

A second-year presenter in the Fantastic Area, Heather Flyte joined Lehigh University in 2018 as a doctoral student in English literature. She will be focusing on Victorian literature, print culture, and science fiction. She earned her Master’s Degree in English Literature from Kutztown University, and her thesis investigated the transference of Victorian values in the translation of Japanese fairy tales. She presented at the 2017 Northeastern Popular Culture Association conference at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, on The Princess Bride and psychoanalytic theory. She is a non-traditional student who has previously worked in journalism and web development

Mash-Ups and Moral Philosophy: An Approach towards Combining Ethics and Zombie Studies
Bryan Hall (St. John’s University)

Dr. Bryan Hall is Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St. John’s University. Bryan received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2005, and he is a two-time Fulbright scholar and author of two books on the German philosopher Immanuel Kant. In a slight departure from his previous research, Bryan is now working at the intersection of Ethics and Zombie Studies and shares some of this work today.

Saturday, 20 October at 1:45-3
Session 37: Fantastic IV: Making Monsters (S-205)

Chair: Don Vescio (Worcester State University)

Gender, Trauma, & the Domestic in Exorcism Novels
Bridgit Keown (Northeastern University)

Bridget Keown is a Ph.D. candidate at Northeastern University (Boston, MA), who received her BA from Smith College and her MA in imperial and commonwealth history from King’s College London. Her work focuses on British and Irish women and their experience of war trauma during the First World War and Irish War of Independence, and Bridgit has been awarded the Larkin Research Fellowship in Irish Studies from the American Conference for Irish Studies to continue this research. During the summer of 2017 she contributed guest blogs for the American Historical Association as one of two AHA Today Blog Contest winners, and you can read her postings at http://blog.historians.org/2017/06/gendered-treatments-trauma-first-world-war/. Bridget is also currently a contributing writer to Nursing Clio; her posts can be accessed at https://nursingclio.org/author/bkeown/.

More Than Human: A Crip Theoretic
Christopher Ketcham (University of Houston Downtown)

Chris Ketcham earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches risk management and ethics for The University of Houston Downtown. His interests, however, go beyond business and into the philosophy of the uncertain and mysterious through film and popular culture. Chris has explored Ridley Scott’s Insomnia through Emmanuel Levinas’s philosophy of responsibility, and he has analyzed Herman Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivener through the eyes of the American work ethic through the question: do we work to live, or live to work? Chris’s other forays into popular culture include analyses of the television series Downton Abbey, Orange is the New Black, Orphan Black, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Adventure Time, Mr. Robot, and The Man in the High Castle. He has also written about philosophy and Deadpool, Jurassic Park, Superman and Batman, Dracula, and Frankenstein.

Project Alice: Ultimate Woman Warrior or Frankenstein’s Monster in the Resident Evil Film Series
Kristine Larsen (Central Connecticut State University)

Dr. Kristine Larsen, a veteran of the Fantastic Area, is Professor of Astronomy at Central Connecticut State University. Her teaching and research focus on issues at the boundary between science and society, including science ethics, science and gender, the history of women in science, and scientific motifs in popular media. She is the author of Stephen Hawking: A Biography, Cosmology 101, and the 2017 volume The Women Who Popularized Geology in the 19th Century, as well as the co-editor as The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who and The Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman. Her complete CV can be found at http://www.ccsu.edu/astronomy/larsencv.html.

Saturday, 20 October at 3:15-4:30
Session 45: Fantastic V: New Insights into Science Fiction (S-205)

Chair: Kristine Larsen (Central Connecticut State University)

Daddy Issues: David in Prometheus (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2017)
Leslie Stratyner (Mississippi University for Women)

Leslie Stratyner is a full professor of English at Mississippi University for Women. She teaches various ancient and medieval literatures, as well as composition and survey courses.

Indigenous Aliens: Science Fiction and Native America
Meredith James (Eastern Connecticut State University)

Meredith James is an Associate Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University. Her specialties include Indigenous/Native American Studies and American Studies.

Bridging Realities: Time Travel in A Wrinkle in Time
Don Vescio (Worcester State University)

Don Vescio, a frequent presenter in the Fantastic Area, is a faculty member of Worcester State University’s Department of English. After serving ten years as Worcester State’s Chief Information Office/Vice President of Information Technologies and two years as Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing, Don now focuses his energies on teaching undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of disciplines. His research interests are in critical theory, narratological analysis, and information design.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

CFP Brutal Themes in Brutal Times: Teaching Edgar Allan Poe in a Culture of Violence (9/30/2018; NeMLA 2019)

CFP: Brutal Themes in Brutal Times: Teaching Edgar Allan Poe in a Culture of Violence, Northeast Modern Language Association
July 24, 2018

Brutal Themes in Brutal Times: Teaching Edgar Allan Poe in a Culture of Violence

deadline for submissions:
September 30, 2018

full name / name of organization:
Northeast Modern Language Association

contact email:

This panel seeks papers that explore pedagogical strategies for teaching the horror stories of Edgar Allan Poe and his contemporaries. With the looming, true-to-life violence bombarding us every day in the news and in other media outlets, the macabre tales of our favorite authors resonate too well. Teaching the violent and psychologically disturbing short stories of Poe, and others writing in this genre, can be challenging in the current climate of violence in America. Exploring the depths and darkness of humanity through literature can be traumatic for contemporary students who are bombarded with violent words and images every day through social media and news outlets. This panel seeks papers that explore pedagogical strategies devoted to travelling through dark literary themes while maintaining a safe atmosphere in the classroom. How can instructors align class discussions, specifically the ones that take a sociopolitical turn, to heal the contemporary student in an America riddled with nihilism, senseless violence, and psychological desperation? The significance of this panel is to uncover innovative teaching strategies when bringing students classic horror tales for discussion in the milieu of a terrorizing era in American history.

CFP: Articles and Reviews on Robert Holdstock’s Writing, Spec. Issue of Gramarye (9/21/2018)

(Apologies if this is a repeated post.)

CFP: Articles and Reviews on Robert Holdstock’s Writing
June 15, 2018

Call for Submissions: Articles and reviews on Robert Holdstock’s writing

Robert Holdstock – a celebration of ‘Mythago Wood’

‘No other author has so successfully captured the magic of the wildwood’, Michael Moorcock

Call for Submissions: Articles and reviews on Robert Holdstock’s writing

With the tenth anniversary of Robert Holdstock’s death approaching, the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy seeks articles and reviews with a focus on the author’s Mythago Wood series for publication in Gramarye, its peer-reviewed journal published by the University of Chichester.

Neil Gaiman considers Mythago Wood to be a ‘classic of the literature of fantasy.’ In this spirit we are looking for scholarly and imaginative submissions that will once more take readers in to the heart of the British mythic landscape.

The deadline for this issue is 21 September 2018, and the Guest Editor will be Dr Steven O’Brien.

General Gramarye submissions information

Gramarye is an international, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed academic journal examining folk narratives, fairy tales and fantasy works, both as independent genres and also in terms of the resonances and dissonances between them and other cultural forms.

There is no charge or fee for submitting an article or abstract.

Articles should be 5,000 – 7,000 words, book reviews c.1,000 words, and submitted as a Word .doc or .rtf attachment to the editor (Email: info@sussexfolktalecentre.org).

All submissions should be accompanied by a 100-word abstract and 100-word biographical note.

Relevant colour image files, along with copyright permission, must also be supplied by the deadline.

For contributions that include any copyrighted materials, the author must secure written permission (specifying “non-exclusive world rights and electronic rights”) to reproduce them. The author must submit these written permissions with their final manuscript. Permission fees are the responsibility of the author.

The deadlines are always 21 March for the summer issue and 21 September for the winter issue. If you would like to receive a complimentary e-book of the most recent issue to check content and style, please request one from assistant Heather Robbins (h.robbins@chi.ac.uk).

Only original articles that are not simultaneously under consideration by another journal will be considered. Unrevised student essays or theses cannot be considered.

Submissions must include all quotations, endnotes, and the list of works cited. References should follow the Chicago Manual of Style.

The copyright for a submission remains with the author at all times.

The peer-review process for Gramarye is as follows:

The paper, edited to fit Gramarye’s house style, will first be sent to the editorial board to approve it for peer review if they find it to be original, interesting, and of value to Gramarye’s readers.
One or two experts in the field of the paper will then be chosen as peer reviewers, in a double-blind process in which neither reviewer nor author identity will be made available to the other.
The reviewers will ascertain the relative strengths and weaknesses of the paper, including but not limited to:

a. whether it is properly referenced,

b.whether any opinion or evidence is presented clearly and is relevant to the overall argument,

c. and whether the language and purpose of the paper and its conclusion are clear and comprehensible.

This takes one to two weeks.

The reviewers’ comments will be returned to the editor, who will ensure the reviewers’ anonymity and return them to the author if any revisions are necessary.
If the author resubmits their revised article to the editor after peer-review and some queries haven’t been addressed, the editorial board will make the final decision on whether the article should be returned to the author to address the remaining issues, or whether it should be published or discarded. The author will be informed about this decision as soon as possible.

CFP “Hobgoblins of Fantasy: American Fantasy Fiction in Theory,” Special Feature in The New Americanist (expired)

(Sorry to have missed this earlier.)

CFP: “Hobgoblins of Fantasy: American Fantasy Fiction in Theory,” Special Feature in The New Americanist
June 8, 2018

The New Americanist would like to announce a general call for papers for its third issue (Fall 2019). The New Americanist is an interdisciplinary journal publishing scholarly work on the United States and the Americas broadly considered. We are especially interested in work which includes a global perspective, introduces new critical approaches, and proposes theoretical frameworks to the study of the US. We welcome contributions from scholars from around the world and across the humanities and social sciences.

“Hobgoblins of Fantasy: American Fantasy Fiction in Theory”

Special feature in The New Americanist

In association with the American Studies Center, University of Warsaw

“A frightful hobgoblin stalks through Europe. We are haunted by a ghost, the ghost of Communism.” The Communist Manifesto (1850)

A frightful hobgoblin stalks through genre fiction, too. Fantasy is haunted by that same ghost, the ghost of critical theory. The fantastic, the hobgoblin, and fantasy literature as we know it were “always already” present in the early articulations of critical theory. Fantasy, though, does not merely echo within, or from, Marx and Engels. It presents unique challenges to critical theory, both to readers and to literary critics, not least because of its seeming opposition to realism, materialism, and history itself. That is to say, critical theory’s ostensible rationalism confronts fantasy’s vision of itself as myth. Even the word “myth” carries such different meanings in the theories of Horkheimer and Adorno, Barthes, or Lacan, rather than in fantasy, that the two can barely understand each other. That instability roots fantasy in a “negative capability,” possibly even an antifoundationalist tendency, when it comes to theorizing it. Suvin or Jameson, for example, set it in opposition to science fiction, its twin genre. So while fantasy finds more traction than SF in political allegory or feminist critique, that very capability clashes with the class theory of history, the critique of neoliberalism, that SF ostensibly contains. The result is that fantasy vacillates between Marxist critique, with its determinism and false consciousness, and social commentary, with its direct representation and even accusation.

What are readers to do? Must the hobgoblin be exorcised, or do we find a medium through which to communicate? Is the hobgoblin itself a product of the struggle between fantasy and rationality? As a special feature in the newly-relaunched The New Americanist, and in association with the American Studies Center at the University of Warsaw, “Hobgoblins of Fantasy: American Fantasy Fiction in Theory” seeks articles on critical approaches to American fantasy fiction. The special feature section is open to articles from any critical paradigm and of any period in American fantasy but is particularly interested in readings of fantasy that draw on the conflicts among competing critical methods. This collection reflects debates around definitions, sub-genres (urban fantasy vs. heroic fantasy, or high & low fantasy, etc.), periodization, historicization, gender & sexuality in reading communities, reception theory, and so forth. Portals into the critical fantastic include (but are not limited to) some suggestive tensions:

  • China Miéville observes in Red Planets that the SF project had begun subtitled “Marxism, Science Fiction, Fantasy.” Whence fantasy and why this trend?
  • Jameson and Suvin welcome fantasy into history with the departure of magic, or precisely when it ceases to be fantastical. Are other historicizations of fantasy possible?
  • Urban fantasy has flourished through identity politics (gender, LGBTQ+, “minority” communities), but what of concepts of consolation, inoculation, or cultural appropriation that question foundational works in the sub-genre?
  • The rise of Afrofuturism in SF suggests a parallel Afrofantastic. What of other communities find voice through (or represented in) fantasy? What voices do Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American, and other fantasy communities find in the genre?
  • Reader response and reception theory in pulp fiction has largely related to romance reading communities—in what ways is fantasy divergent from (or contiguous with) this established critical project?
  • Other questions might include (but are not limited to):
  • Is there a “Hard Fantasy,” and is it complicit in the potential toxic masculinity of demands for a Hard SF?
  • Fanfic studies have concentrated on SF, often in relation to identity and communities of resistance in underground publications, yet S/K echoes very differently in the commercial success of Fifty Shades responding to Twilight. What are the sexual politics of fantasy fanfic? What are its genders and communities?
  • What are fantasy’s nationalisms? Is there a manifest destiny stalking American fantasy?
  • Is “Cli-Fi” necessarily a subset of SF’s cognitive estrangements, or is a fantastic confrontation with nature “always already” allegorizing anthropogenic climate change?
  • Do Animal Studies or human/non-human networks find unique representations or opportunities in fantasy and/or in fantasy audiences?
  • Do we confront, through Klein, Lacan, Žižek, et al., the “phantasy” in fantasy, linking it to desire, the Other, and radical transformation, or must we also remain discontent with metonymic substitutes as a function of fantasy?

Please submit 1-page abstracts and a short biographical note for proposed articles to James Gifford (gifford@fdu.edu) and Orion Kidder (okidder@sfu.ca) by 31 July 2018. Selected articles (6,000–8,000 words) will then be due by 31 December 2018 for peer-review. The third issue of The New Americanist will be published in Fall 2019 with “Hobgoblins of Fantasy: American Fantasy Fiction in Theory” as its special feature.

CFP “Being Dragonborn: Critical Essays on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” (edited collection 10/31/2018))

CFP: Call for Chapters: “Being Dragonborn: Critical Essays on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” (edited collection)
August 14, 2018

Call for Papers

October 31, 2018

Ohio, United States

Subject Fields:
Cultural History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies, Women’s & Gender History / Studies, Humanities, Digital Humanities

Call for Chapters: “Being Dragonborn: Critical Essays on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” (edited collection)

In advance of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim’s tenth anniversary in 2021, this collection of essays seeks to investigate how the game hails its player as “dragonborn,” a calling that merges political, social, and religious narratives in the game toward the player’s assumption of the dragonborn identity position: savior of Skyrim. Our collection aims to identify and explore these hailed positions within the cultural ecology of the game, which is always connected to the player’s out-of-game realities. Situated on the threshold of intricately detailed “cultural” cities and the expansive “natural” wilderness, the dragonborn negotiates the complex political workings of life under the civil war between the rebel Stormcloaks and the Imperial Legion.

Being Dragonborn will be the first collection of critical inquiries into the Elder Scrolls franchise. Skyrim depicts the complexities of the video game medium as seen in the player’s precarious position between the in-game fantasy world and out-of-game subjectivities, realities, and positions. The game’s narrative, gameplay, iconography, music, and in-game mechanics and items are invested in a romanticized invention of medieval life and architecture, colonialist and militaristic structures of play amid civil war, and particular constructions of gender, class, race, and language. How these critical issues coalesce in the game, and through the experience of playing the game, make Skyrim a fertile space to consider what this winner of over 200 Game of the Year awards teaches its loyal players, modders, and enthusiasts.

The collection would be geared toward the interest of game studies scholars, game designers, Skyrim players, and instructors who may already incorporate Skyrim into the classroom—many of us wearing several of these proverbial hats simultaneously. The collection’s title—Being Dragonborn—speaks to the primacy of player ontology and identity within the game by means of the game’s colonial narratives, medieval resonances, in-game labor and economic conditions, aesthetically sublime environment, and its consumptive and productive practices. In an attempt to go beyond fraught dichotomies and territorial disputes within Game Studies that restrict discourse on the video game medium, the editors seek diverse and interdisciplinary approaches, readings, and methodologies.

The editors are looking for fresh, interpretive analyses of Skyrim that call attention to issues of culture, politics, theory, practices, game design, and the gaming industry. The collection welcomes contributions from emerging and established scholars on topics including the following:

  • Visual aesthetics of Skyrim – the sublime and the immanent 

  • Post-colonial approaches to the social and militaristic game narrative and play 

  • Neomedievalist approaches to Skyrim—tradition, lore, nostalgia, architecture 

  • Critical race theory—the ex-nomination of whiteness in Skyrim; racial hierarchies; 
confronting the racialized other in the game 

  • Religious studies approaches to Skyrim narratives, mysticism, or mythologies 

  • Politics and simulation of (civil) war in the game 

  • Music studies—in game songs, music, and covers that operate harmonically and/or 
contrapuntally with other in-game elements 

  • Marxist approaches to in-game labor, leisure, property ownership, 
production/consumption practices, and idyllic domestic spaces 

  • Linguistic and cultural studies of Dovahzul, the dragon language embedded in Skyrim 
shouts, word walls, names, and conversation. 

  • Modding Skyrim—analysis of modding community, modding interfaces, IP and 
economic concerns related to modders/industry
  • Gender, sex, and sexuality in Skyrim—queer readings of Skyrim
  • Psychoanalytic approaches to player experience, ludic forms, and game narrative 

  • Studies of spatiotemporality in the game and its historico-cultural affordances 

  • Skyrim VR—technical and/or metaphysical considerations of Skyrim in light of Skyrim’s 
recent VR release. 

  • Feminist and eco-feminist approaches to Skyrim ecologies 

  • Teaching with Skyrim—affordances and dangers of gaming pedagogies 

  • Philosophical and theoretical arguments emerging out of gameplay or fan experience 

  • Studies that account for the material engagements of the game’s design, marketing, 

400-word abstracts are due by October 31, 2018. Please send abstracts in .doc(x) format and queries to Mike Piero (mikepiero@gmail.com) and Marc A. Ouellette (mouellet@odu.edu) with the subject heading “Being Dragonborn.” This collection is under contract with McFarland & Company for their Studies in Gaming series, edited by Matthew Wilhelm Kapell. If your abstract is accepted, full essays between 5,000-7,500 words will be due by May 31, 2019. 
When submitting an abstract, please provide: 

Name, rank/position and affiliation, email address 

Proposed chapter title 

400-word abstract 

Up to 5 keywords for the essay 

Do you plan to include figures or images in the essay?

Contact Info:
Mike Piero, Associate Professor of English, Cuyahoga Community College, and Ph.D. Candidate, English, Old Dominion University, mikepiero@gmail.com

Marc A. Ouellette, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English, Old Dominion University and Learning 
Games Initiative Research Fellow, mouellet@odu.edu 

Contact Email:

CFP Food and Drink in Science Fiction, Edited Volume (proposals by 11/15/2018)

CFP: Food and Drink in Science Fiction, Edited Volume
August 7, 2018

CFP, edited volume: Food and Drink in Science Fiction

“But now, we must eat!”
Food and Drink in Science Fiction

Deadline for abstracts: November 15, 2018

Edited by Cindy Miller, Steve Rabitsch, and Michael Fuchs this volume will discuss food and drink in science fiction across media—movies, television shows, literature, video games, comics, etc. Of course, as forms of sustenance, food and drink are among the essential elements of life. But this is also precisely why representations of food and drink are always ripe with meaning. As this book will show, science fiction uses food and drink to explore pertinent issues ranging from the homogenization of food in a globalized economy to the exploitation of our natural resources and the attendant phenomena of water, air, and soil pollution, deforestation, and the scarcification of food.

If you are interested in contributing to this volume, please submit a 500-word proposal to science.fiction.food@gmail.com. All submissions will be acknowledged. If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt within 48 hours, you may assume that your email hasn’t reached us for some reason. In that case, please re-submit. Please also direct any questions you might have to the email address indicated above.
We will most likely first approach European university presses with this project, as they generally move ahead faster than their American counterparts.

Please check out this attached CFP for more details, and do not hesitate to drop us a line if you have any questions.

CFP The Evolution of Evil in Fantasy and Science Fiction, Academia Lunare (11/30/2018)

(Apologies for cross-posting with the Arthurian villains' site)

The Evolution of Evil in Fantasy and Science Fiction, Academia Lunare
July 9, 2018

Academia Lunare

Academia Lunare is the Luna Press Publishing academic branch for Fantasy and Science Fiction.

One of the most exciting aspects of fandom is the critical assessment of literature, as a way to show one’s love for a particular author or body of work. Speculative non-fiction is also a mirror for society, with an eye cast into the future.

The Evolution of Evil in Fantasy and Science Fiction

We are very proud to announce our third Call For Papers. The theme of the 2018 CfPs is: “The Evolution of Evil in Fantasy and Science Fiction”.

Our first call for papers, “Gender and Sexuality in Fantasy and Science Fiction” received 2 BSFA Awards nomination and one BSFA Awards shortlist. The second call for papers, “The Evolution of African Fantasy and Science Fiction”, will be out this summer.

It is time for a new challenge!

Writers are invited to explore the concept of evil in all its shapes and developments, in literature, games, movies and TV.

Here is some food for thought, though it should not restrict your own ideas:

  • ​Focus on a specific character which has embodied the concept of evil
  • The development of a specific archetypal character which, over the course of the centuries, has undergone a transformation from neutral/positive figure into an evil one, or vice versa – historical and socio-political influences that brought about this transformation
  • Development of a representative type of evil over time (trolls, fairies, mad gods, dark lords, vampires, demons, etc.)
  • The impact of religion on folklore
  • Latest incarnations of evil mirroring socio-political changes
  • Latest incarnations of evil in general
  • Evil as an embodiment of modern society
  • Evolution of evil through the ages
  • Possible representations of minorities as evil
  • Creating evil – what makes a successful villain?
  • Heroes as villains
  • Other representations of evil, e.g. hostile environments. Music as a tool for implying threat and hostility

Before you start, get in touch! Send us an email either with your abstract or simply to let us know what topic you intend to explore: it is perfectly fine to have more than one author discussing the same topic, as long as the angle is different.

Word Limit: up to 6,000 words.

Full references for citations must be included using Harvard referencing style. Download the full guide and the quick guide on the Academia Lunare page.

Closing Date: 30th of November 2018.

Publishing contract for all participants, with shared royalties from each sale and a free copy of the book.

Do not fear if this is your first non-fiction work: if you love research, you need a chance to start somewhere. Take a look at the past two Call For Papers blog posts and explore the articles submitted – it may help you decide your course of action.

For more information, please see https://www.lunapresspublishing.com/academialunare. FacebookTwitterGoogle+

CFP “Politics and Conflicts,” the 40th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (10/31/2018; 3/13-17/2019)

(Apologies if this is a repeat post.)

CFP: “Politics and Conflicts,” the 40th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
July 2, 2018

CFP: “Politics and Conflicts,” the 40th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts

Please join us for ICFA 40, March 13-17, 2019, when our theme will be “Politics and Conflicts.”

We welcome papers on the work of: Guest Scholar Mark Bould (Reader, University of the West of England; winner of the SFRA Pilgrim Award; author of several books on sf including Science Fiction: The Routledge Film Guidebook) and Guest Author G. Willow Wilson (winner of a PEN Center award; writer of the Hugo-Award-winning series Ms. Marvel, author of Alif the Unseen).

Speculative texts have a tremendous power to help us envision how the world might be otherwise and to see the historical contingencies that have given us the world as we find it. Fantastic genres allow us to imagine other paths that history might have taken and to explore the power dynamics of conflicts among competing factions, from the local scale of family and gender arrangements to the global scale of transnational trade and migration. Such texts can often articulate critiques that would have been silenced by censorship of realist genres in times and places of government, religious, or other oppression. We invite papers that understand the concept of politics very broadly, from international relations and structures of governance, through to the politics of everyday life. If at times the genres of the fantastic can be complicit in naturalizing and perpetuating dominant power structures and the politics they endorse, more often they provide a rich set of tools for telling such stories from marginalized perspectives, visions that cannot be captured by a realism that is structured by default ideological assumptions. We also welcome proposals for individual papers, academic sessions, creative presentations, and panels on any aspect of the fantastic in any media. We will gather in 2019 to question, celebrate, argue over, and deduce speculative fiction’s contributions to thinking through the politics and conflicts of our past and its capacity to guide us toward more inclusive futures.

The deadline for proposals is October 31, 2018. We encourage work from institutionally affiliated scholars, independent scholars, international scholars who work in languages other than English, graduate students. Artists are encouraged to submit proposals for our Creative Track, which features sessions on writing, art, music, and poetry, as well as panel discussions on topics of interest for creative professionals.

For more information on the IAFA and its conference, the ICFA, see https://www.fantastic-arts.org/. The Submissions Portal opens on September 1st. To submit a proposal, go to https://www.fantastic-arts.org/icfa-submissions/.

To contact the Division Heads for help with submissions, go to https://www.fantastic-arts.org/about/governance/division-heads/.

For information on the Creative Track, go to https://www.fantastic-arts.org/annual-conference/creative-track/.

CFP New England Studies Area (10/1/2018; PCA/ACA Washington DC 4/17-20/2019)

New England Studies at PCA CFP


The 2019 Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference will be held in Washington, DC, April 17-20, 2019,. The New England Studies Area invites presentations on any aspect of New England popular culture: Architecture; Art; Ecology/Environment; Economics; Fashion; Film and Theater, especially films made in New England, and plays set in the region, e.g. ‘The Crucible’; Folklore; Food; Language and Literature; Politics; History; Music; Sports; Celebrities; Entertainment; Gambling/Casinos; Industries, e.g. Fishing; Regional Cultures; Sports and Recreation; Tourism and Travel; and numerous other topics. The subjects are endless.

Quite welcome will be papers or panels that focus on any of these topics:

  • New England politics and the Washington connection, e.g. presentations on political issues, such as the Massachusetts politicians who became Speakers of the House (Joseph Martin, John McCormack, Thomas ‘Tip’ O’Neill) and their impact on the nation and on the state.
  • Sports and New England, especially a discussion of fan loyalties with champions such as the New England Patriots and the Red Sox; baseball rivalries (Red Sox v. Yankees); football rivalries, such as the old quarterback rivalry between Tom Brady v. Peyton Manning; Tom Brady and the rest of the NFL quarterbacks; Patriots v. NY Giants or NY Jets).
  • New England tourism sites and architecture. A good presentation would be how New England holds its own against the Washington, DC, tourist trade.
  • U.S. Capitol v. six New England capitols. How many were based on the national capitol? How has the Bulfinch capitol in Boston been imitated elsewhere in other state capitols and buildings?
  • Multi-culturalism of New England today compared to its former ethnic separatism, e.g. Irish in Boston, Portuguese in Gloucester or Fall River, French in parts of Rhode Island. Impact of immigration in making New England a vast, diverse culture over the decades.
  • Films and plays set in New England or filmed there, e.g. ‘The Departed,’ ’Mystic River,’ ‘On Golden Pond,’ ‘The Magnificent Yankee.’
  • Infamous figures, such as Whitey Bulger in Boston, Lizzie Borden in Fall River, or Buddy Cianci in Providence, whose cases became national profile with the attendant media attention.
  • Holiday celebrations, such as St. Patrick’s Day parades, various ethnic Christmas celebrations, and Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts, at Halloween.
  • Also of interest would be presentations on literary personalities, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Henry Thoreau, Mark Twain (and his Connecticut connection), and Harriet Beecher Stowe.
  • Cultural attractions, e.g. Freedom Trail, Boston Pops, Fenway Park; any of our higher institutions of learning.
  • Role of religion on New England life and community.
  • Famous personalities born in New England, such as Bette Davis; Katherine Hepburn; John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy family; Rosalind Russell; Harriet Beecher Stowe; Howie Long; and Kurt Russell.. How many kept their New England roots or left them behind for other geographic locations. Example: Kurt Russell was born in Springfield but you now think of him more as a Californian. Howie Long is from Somerville but he is now a resident of Charlottesville, VA, where he raised his family. Has anyone heard or read Howie mention Massachusetts in his professional life?

Please submit a proposal to only one area at a time. All proposals and abstracts must be submitted through the PCA Database. See the website at ncp@pcaaca.org. . Presentations should be 15-20 minutes in length and lively in nature! The deadline for the submission of a 200-word abstract is October 1, 2018. Acceptance will be earlier than usual as well to enhance your ability to seek funding. Although all proposals should be submitted to the PCA Database directly, please also cc: me, and include university or organization affiliation (if applicable), telephone number, and e-mail address. Graduate students welcome. Individual and full panel proposals are considered. Please feel confident about attendance if you are accepted.

If you give a paper, you must register for the conference. See: http://www.pcaaca.org. Site also includes information on travel grants and rates at the conference hotel.

Send inquiries and paper proposals to:

Martin J. Manning

4701 South Park Court

Woodbridge, VA 222193

E-mail preferred: ManningMJ@state.gov

CFP Southern Studies Conference (10/22/2018; Montgomery 2/1-2/2019)

CFP: Southern Studies Conference (10/22/2018; 2/1-2/2019)
Sep 07, 2018

Southern Studies Conference

Auburn University at Montgomery, AL

February 1-2, 2019

Now in its eleventh year, the AUM Southern Studies Conference, hosted by Auburn University at Montgomery, explores themes related to the American South across a wide array of disciplines and methodologies. Registrants to the two-day interdisciplinary conference enjoy a variety of peer-reviewed panels, two distinguished keynote speakers and a visiting artist, who gives a talk and mounts a gallery exhibition.

The 2019 Conference Committee invites proposals for twenty-minute academic papers, creative presentations, or pre-formed panels on any aspect of Southern Studies (broadly defined), including those relating to the fields of anthropology, geography, art history, history, literature, theater, music, communications, political science, and sociology. Disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to this theme are welcome. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
  • Southern food studies
  • Pedagogy and the teaching of Southern topics
  • Canonicity and the South
  • Slavery and the American South
  • Civil War narratives
  • Southern archives, museums, and collections
  • Civil Rights narratives
  • Southern Geographies
  • Explorations of race and conflict in the South
  • Religion in the South
  • Southern literature
  • History of science or medicine in the South
  • Southern arts (in any medium or genre)
  • Southern architecture
  • Explorations of the Southern worker
  • Southern politics
  • Anthropological studies of the South
  • Sociological studies of the South
  • Southern music
  • Cross-cultural exchanges between the South and other geographic areas
  • Native American topics of the South
  • Stories of immigration/migration and border-crossings
  • Contemporary re/mis-conceptions of "The South"
  • Presentations by artists/performers/writers working in the South/making work about the South

Proposals can be emailed to southernstudies@aum.edu and should include a 250-word abstract and a 2-page CV. The deadline for submission is October 22, 2018. Please note that submission of a proposal constitutes a commitment to attend, if accepted. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by November 2018. For more information, please visit the conference website, or contact Naomi Slipp, Conference Director and Assistant Professor of Art History, Auburn University at Montgomery: nslipp@aum.edu.

Updated CFP Positioning Pooh - Edward Bear After 100 Years (10/31/2018)

CFP: Positioning Pooh - Edward Bear After 100 Years

deadline for submissions:
October 31, 2018

full name / name of organization:
Jennifer Harrison, East Stroudsburg University

contact email:

Call for Chapters: Positioning Pooh: Edward Bear after 100 Years
Deadline for Submissions: October 31, 2018
Full name / Name of Organization: Jennifer Harrison, East Stroudsburg University, USA
Contact email: jharriso11@esu.edu

I am currently seeking further chapter submissions for an edited volume celebrating the centenary in 2026 of A. A. Milne’s The World of Pooh. This collection is under contract with the University Press of Mississippi in conjunction with the ChLA, and will be included in the ChLA’s centennial series.

As classics from the “golden age” of children’s literature, Milne’s Pooh stories have received considerable attention from critics and fans over the years; however, less critical attention has been devoted to the continuing relevance of the Pooh phenomenon in contemporary children’s culture. As recent critics have discussed, the Pooh stories are complex and multifaceted, written in many different modes and employing a vast array of different narrative styles and techniques; they have also undergone transformation and adaptation into a plethora of related cultural artefacts.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of The World of Pooh, therefore, this volume will explore Pooh in light of cutting-edge children’s literature and culture theory, with a particular focus on how the Pooh stories have engaged critical theorists across the decades since its publication. Anticipated publication of this volume is for 2020 - the birthyear of Christopher Robin, and the year in which the “real” Winnie was adopted by London Zoo.

Submissions of an interdisciplinary nature are particularly welcome, as are submissions which examine the relationship between the texts and modern adaptations and artefacts. High-priority areas for inclusion in the volume include:

  • Pooh across cultures and from multicultural perspectives
  • The marketing of the Pooh franchise
  • Postcolonial and ecocritical readings
  • Interdisciplinary readings (especially readings from outside the Arts)

However, this list is nowhere near exhaustive and I am happy to consider any submission which focuses on the Pooh stories and their role in modern children’s culture.

I hope to include chapters by authors from a variety of disciplines and viewpoints, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of current studies in children’s literature and culture, as well as the diverse relevance of the Pooh stories in modern children’s culture. Please submit a 500-word chapter abstract and a biography of no more than 250 words by October 31, 2018, to: jharriso11@esu.edu. Full chapter drafts will be due by December 31, 2018.

All proposed abstracts will be given full consideration, and submission implies a commitment to publish in this volume if your work is selected for inclusion.
All questions regarding this volume should be directed to: jharriso11@esu.edu.

I look forward to what I hope will be a stimulating and exciting array of submissions on this fascinating topic!

CFP 6th Annual Ray Browne Conference — Formulas in Flux: Conventions and Adaptability in Popular Culture (12/1/18; Bowling Green 2/15-16/2019)

The 6th Annual Ray Browne Conference — Formulas in Flux: Conventions and Adaptability in Popular Culture

deadline for submissions:
December 1, 2018

full name / name of organization:
The Popular Culture Scholars Association at Bowling Green State University

contact email:

The Popular Culture Scholars Association at Bowling Green State University is excited to announce the 6th Annual Ray Browne Conference—Formulas in Flux: Conventions and Adaptability in Popular Culture—to be held Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th, 2019.

The study of popular culture often requires scholars to consider the limits and possibilities of conventions. While the lack of variation from convention in a popular culture piece may facilitate an intimate shared literacy among a community of practitioners, it might also problematically bar diverse voices in favor of an endorsement of the hegemonic and traditional. The Popular Culture Scholars Association invites the academic consideration of such possibilities, negotiations, and limits.

Interested scholars are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to raybrowneconf@bgsu.edu. Individual proposals, pre-formed panels, and creative works are all welcome. Submissions should include the presenter(s)’s name, affiliation, and title; the presentation title; and professional contact information for the presenter(s).

Deadline for submissions is December 1st, 2018.

PLEASE NOTE: While this is primarily a graduate student conference, the PCSA welcomes abstracts from instructors and independent researchers outside of the grad student community.

The 6th Annual Ray Browne conference will take place on Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16, 2019. Please check back frequently for conference updates.

Website: https://www.bgsu.edu/arts-and-sciences/cultural-and-critical-studies/news-events/ray-browne-conference/ray-browne-cfp-2019.html.

CFP Mythopoeic Children’s Literature, Special Issue of Mythlore (3/30/2019)

CFP: Mythopoeic Children’s Literature, Special Issue of Mythlore
September 14, 2018

Call for Papers: Mythopoeic Children’s Literature, Special Issue of Mythlore

Fall 2019 Guest Edited by Donna R. White ** Draft Deadline: March 30, 2019 ** Final paper deadline: June 30, 2019 **

Mythlore, a journal dedicated to the genres of myth and fantasy (particularly the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis), invites article submissions for a special issue focused on children’s literature.

Children’s fantasy has always been a part of mythopoeic literature, and Mythlore has occasionally published articles about myth- building children’s writers such as J.K. Rowling and Nancy Farmer; however, this special issue will focus specifically on mythopoeic literature for children. As always, we welcome essays on The Chronicles of Narnia and The Hobbit, but we also encourage articles that discuss the works of other mythopoeic writers for young readers. Classic works like Peter Pan and The Wind in the Willows have clear mythopoeic elements, as do modern fantasies by Philip Pullman, Diana Wynne Jones, Lloyd Alexander, and many others. Studies of lesser known writers like Carol Kendall are also welcome. To get an idea of the range of topics covered in Mythlore, visit the online archive at https://dc.swosu.edu/mythlore/ and consult the electronic index, which can be downloaded free at http://www.mythsoc.org/press/mythlore-index-plus.htm Submission guidelines can be found at http://www.mythsoc.org/mythlore/mythlore-submissions.htm.

Send queries and questions to Donna R. White, dwhite@atu.edu. Drafts and final papers should be submitted via https://dc.swosu.edu/mythlore/

CFC Fantasy/Animation Research Network

Fantasy/Animation Research Network, Call for Contributors
September 10, 2018

Following the recent publication of Fantasy/Animation: Connections Between Media, Mediums and Genres (Routledge, 2018), we are pleased to announce the arrival of the Fantasy/Animation Research Network that pursues further the relationship between fantasy cinema and the medium of animation. We are hoping that the network will open out a critical conversation on the study of the rich legacy and complexity of animated fantasy media, in whatever form this might take, and provide a space for discussion and debate among like-minded academics, practitioners, special interest groups and fans of fantasy and/or animation. This will, we hope, lead to the building of a much-needed scholarly community that will continue, develop and complicate some of the ideas put forward in the anthology. The website has recently gone live, so visit https://www.fantasy-animation.org/ to read all our news/events and collection of blog posts, as well as listening to our associated Fantasy/Animation podcast.

We are also delighted to open out a call for contributors to write short pieces or posts for the website. These blog posts can take several forms, but we anticipate starting off with 500-1000 word written blog posts that might come together as either:

– a short editorial (movie analysis/critical reflection on an idea or concept)
– event/conference reports
– film reviews
– book reviews

Potential methodological/critical approaches within individual contributions are varied, and our concern is not necessarily how animation operates as fantasy or how fantasy operates through animation, but rather how both ideas can be productively considered in dialogue with one another. This methodology allows fantasy and animation to function as a dialectic that critically examines a relationship that has, to date, been assumed, pre-supposed or obfuscated within both popular and critical discourse.

If potential contributors have ideas for blogs, or want to suggest other possible formats for content (interviews/Q&As, pieces to camera, video essays), then please do send them over and let us know the type of post under which it fits, as well as 3-4 keywords that relate to your post. We would welcome any ideas submitted either to us directly (christopher.Holliday@kcl.ac.uk and asergeant@bournemouth.ac.uk) or through the ‘Contact Us’ Tab on the network’s website.

Best wishes, and many thanks,

Christopher Holliday and Alexander Sergeant

CFP: Walking in Other Worlds: Fantastical Journeys of Children’s Agency (essays by 10/15/2018)

A few CFPs for the night, starting with this one. 

Do note that this is for PhDs only. I would not post it ordinarily because of this, but it sounds a worthwhile project.

CFP: Walking in Other Worlds: Fantastical Journeys of Children’s Agency
September 23, 2018

Call for Papers
Walking in Other Worlds: Fantastical Journeys of Children’s Agency
Editors: Ingrid E. Castro and Jessica Clark

We are seeking completed submissions for an edited volume that interrogates representations of child and youth agency in fantasy. Our collection Walking in Other Worlds: Fantastical Journeys of Children’s Agency explores child and youth agency in the context of fantasy popular cultural forms. These sources of analyses may include television, cartoons, films, novels, toys, comic books/graphic novels, advertising, storytelling/folklore, fashion, art, video games, etc. An academic publisher is connected to this project.

Representations of children’s agency in fantasy can be analyzed from a variety of grounding points. For example, chapters might consider the intersection of agency and:

  • Friendships/Dating
  • Family/Intergenerational Relations
  • Pets/Animals/Nature
  • Age/Time
  • Material Culture: Permanent/Impermanent
  • Gender/Race/Ethnicity/Class
  • Bodies/Sexuality/Disability
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • Education/Work
  • Innocence/Knowledge
  • Space/Place/Location
  • Genre/Era
(This list is by no means exhaustive and we are happy to consider any work which places representation of children’s agency in fantasy at its center).

We will be including chapters by authors from a variety of disciplines, nationalities, and viewpoints, reflecting the contemporary study of and with children and childhood. In their submissions, authors are expected to engage with both their own discipline’s work on children/youth/agency as well as the interdisciplinary Childhood Studies work on children/youth/agency.

All accepted chapters must be written by PhD holders, as per publisher stipulation. Please submit to: representationsofagency@gmail.com

Due date for submission of completed drafts: October 15, 2018

Jargon-free drafts should be 7,000-9,000 words in length, Times New Roman 12 font, double spaced, Chicago Style in-text references. Please use endnotes, not footnotes, for any additional information or useful commentary when necessary.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Newish Book: Star Wars: The Rise of a Hero

One more Star Wars book:

Simonson, Louise. Star Wars: The Rise of a Hero. Art by Walter Simonson, Tom Palmer, and Laura Martin. Los Angeles and New York: Disney-Lucasfilm Press-Disney Book Group, May 2017. 978-1-4847-9933-8

Released in celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the original Star Wars, Star Wars: The Rise of a Hero details the life of young Luke Skywalker through words and images based on the film; however, in design, it is very unlike traditional picture books. Instead, it offers an illustrated narrative reminiscent of illustrated comic strips, like Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant. Louise Simonson’s text (which is sometimes a bit too close to the dialogue of the film) is depicted in a comics-style font with related features of italics and bold accents; this is presented alongside and around the comics-like images produced by her husband Walter Simonson and his fellow artists Tom Palmer and Laura Martin. For the most part, the text and images are depicted separately, but a few pages include the text boxes within the image panels; at other occasions, the images are stacked creating an even more comics-like page. Both occurrences further reinforce the work’s connection to the comic form.

More details and ordering instructions from Disney Books at https://books.disney.com/book/star-wars-the-rise-of-a-hero/.