Quentin Tarantino’s knowledge and love of film and television are evident in his allusions and homages; Tarantino explains and expands upon those influences in talks and interviews, illuminating connections the audience may have missed. His influences range from Spaghetti Westerns to Samurai films, Blaxploitation flicks, film noir, Hong Kong crime, revenge cinema, American TV Westerns, and so on. Tarantino also highlights his literary inspirations, from pulp to classics. In a 1994 interview with David Wild, he spoke about J. D. Salinger’s influence on the structure of Pulp Fiction: “When you read his Glass family stories, they all add up to one big story. That was the biggest example for me.”
fan studies and fandom
Arkansas State University opens a call for presentations for a public symposium in conjunction with the inaugural Johnny Cash Heritage Festival to be held in Dyess, Arkansas, Oct. 19-21, 2017. The symposium, “Johnny Cash: Arts and Artistry from the New Deal into the 21st Century,” is co-sponsored by the Historic Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home and the A-State Heritage Studies Ph.D. Program.
The Society for Contemporary Literature, a group dedicated to the study of literature of the last 25 years, invites 300-word abstracts for presentations at the 27th Annual Conference of the American Literature Assoc. This panel seeks to explore the trends in literature of the past 25 years, especially the future of genre fiction. Starting points for discussion may include, but are not limited to
- Genres of popular fiction
- Genre/generic conventions
- Blurring/disappearing genre lines
- Multi-genre literature
Call for Papers
Framing New York City in Comics
Mary Jacobs Memorial Essay Prize
The Sylvia Townsend Warner Society
invites essays on any aspect of the life and work of Sylvia Townsend Warner.
Aim: to encourage further study of the writings of Sylvia Townsend Warner, in honour of the distinguished work of Dr. Mary Jacobs.
29th June – 1st July 2017
Corsham Court, Bath Spa University, UK
The Captivating Criminality Network is delighted to announce its fourth UK conference. Building upon and developing ideas and themes from the previous three successful conferences, Crime Fiction: Detection, Public and Private, Past and Present will examine what is arguably the very heart of this field of critical study.
Call For Papers: Transnational Monstrosity in Popular Culture
Saturday 3rd June 2017, York St John University
This one-day conference will explore the figure of the monster in transnational popular culture, across cinema, television, games, comics and literature, as well as through fandoms attached to global monster cultures. It is our intention to bring together researchers to consider how transnational monstrosity is constructed, represented and disseminated in global popular culture.
Hero and Hero-Worship: Stardom/Fandom in Modern India
DEADLINE EXTENDED until January 5th!