[UPDATE] Intersectional Approaches to Popular Fiction and Film, 18th c. to the present. Abstracts due 3/1/15.

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English Graduate Organization at the University of New Hampshire

"Intersectional Approaches to Popular Fiction and Film, 18th Century to the Present," Durham, NH, April 25, 2015.

The English Graduate Organization at the University of New Hampshire invites submissions for an interdisciplinary graduate conference, which will be held at the UNH campus in Durham on April 25th, 2015. This year's theme is "Intersectional Approaches to Popular Fiction and Film, 18th Century to the Present."

As literacy spread during the 18th century, art was increasingly separated into "high" and "low" forms. Today, such distinctions still exist, although "low," as a term, has given way to "popular" and "high" has been replaced by "literary." Low or popular forms of literature have often been considered a social ill, dangerous to read and easy to write. Yet genres once considered unworthy of critical attention have become increasingly important as areas of literary and cultural study. During our one-day conference, we hope to explore the ways in which popular genres respond to any number of the following: race, class, gender, disability, and sexuality.

Keynote: Ann McClellan, author of "A Case of Identity: Role Playing, Social Media, and BBC's Sherlock," as well as other articles on popular culture, fan fiction, and women writers, will deliver a keynote address.

The conference committee will be accepting abstracts of 250-300 words until March 1st. We are particularly interested in intersectional approaches to:

 Detective or science fiction, gothic, sensation, fantasy, horror, and dystopian literature (including poetry)
 Film criticism that focuses on the same genres listed above
 Teaching popular fiction in the literature or composition classroom
 Writing popular fiction and studying pop culture

Abstracts that make a case for other popular genres not listed above will be considered.

All abstracts should be sent to Catherine Welter and Anna Zoeller at: cmz274@wildcats.unh.edu AND annazoeller@gmail.com