Portal Fantasy at NeMLA 2018

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
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Political Implications of Portal Fantasy at NeMLA 2018
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Portal Fantasies offer a unique way to comment on the current political situation, in their capacity as invented worlds with a permeable gateway to our own. The portal can act as a funhouse mirror, reflecting our own world back to us in grotesque and illuminating ways, or it can offer stark contrasts to our own world which often take the form of escapist, superior alternatives. This session, a direct thematic response to the NeMLA 2018 conference theme of "Global Spaces, Local Landscapes and Imagined Worlds," invites papers that explore how authors have used the portal fantasy to comment on the politics of our world in various ways. Examinations of portal fantasies in novels, graphic works and on screens are all welcome. NeMLA 2018 will be in Pittsburgh, April 12-15. Learn more about NeMLA here: http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html 

Submit abstract of 300 words by September 30 here: http://www.cfplist.com//nemla/Home/S/16664

Emily Lauer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Suffolk County Community College
Islip Arts 2K, Ammerman Campus
533 College Road
Selden, NY 11784