Interrogating Folklore and the Literary Fairy-tale in the Anthropocene: Call for Chapter Proposals
Anita Harris Satkunananthan, PhD.
Sanghamitra Dalal, PhD.
Selena Middleton, PhD.
This collection of essays is aimed at exploring the role and relevance of folklore, fairytale and the various contemporary revisionings of folklore and fairytale in the age of the Anthropocene, when the changes in the landscape and geology due to human activity has irrevocably changed the trajectory of our collective destinies. This necessitates a shift in the transmission and generation of folklores both diasporic and settled, hybrid and indigenous. In the chaos of shifting geopolitical considerations, climate catastrophes and the digital disruption of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, this collection argues that folklore, the fairy-tale and the various iterations of the form gain new agency and relevance. Therefore, the editors would like to invite critical and interrogative essays examining the revisioning of folklore and fairy-tales in various literary forms encompassing print, digital/electronic literature, the media and the theater.
Update (19 February 2020): This book will appear in the Ecocritical Theory and Practice series published by Lexington Books, an imprint of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
Relevant Topics include (but are not limited to)
- Folklore/Fairy-tales and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
- Electronic Literature/the Digital Humanities
- Folklore and Fairy-tale Revisioning in the Global South
- The Environmental Humanities and Ecocriticism
- Folklore and Fairy-tale in the Media, Theatre and Film
- Narrative, Poetics, and Narratology.
- Indigenous Folklores and Climate Change
Interested Researchers are invited to submit both an abstract (between 150-200) words and a 1000-2000 word chapter proposal (Around 1-2 pages) by 31 MAY 2020.
Notification of Acceptance will be given by 1 AUGUST 2020. Upon acceptance of the proposal for the entire book, chapter writing deadlines will be given and negotiated with all participating authors.
- Chapter Proposals should be formatted in accordance to MLA. Here is a style guide. Please use the eighth edition: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_and_style_guide/mla_formatting_and_style_guide.html
- The proposal should be an expansion of the abstract, consisting of the thesis statement, the main contention you seek to make in your essay, the theoretical framework you are using, objectives, research methodology and expected findings.
Please send your proposals to aharris AT ukm.edu.my
About the editors:
Anita Harris Satkunananthan is a critical theorist and senior lecturer (permanent) housed at the Centre for Research in Language and Linguistics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, National University of Malaysia. A postcolonial Gothic scholar, her works have been published in (amongst others) Hecate, Sussex Academic Press, and Kritika Kultura. Her intersecting areas of research include: Postcolonial Gothic, Folklore Studies, Anthropocene Studies, Hauntology, EcoGothic in relation to the Environmental Humanities and Memory Studies. She is currently working on her postcolonial Gothic and human geography-inflected monograph while editing two folklore and Anthropocene Studies-related academic collections. She is currently the principal investigator for a Centre for Research and Instrumentation (CRIM UKM) funded seed grant entitled Climate-Based Literary Theory and Analytical Model for Indigenous Malaysian Communities impacted by Climate Change and Climate Migration, and has been the principal investigator for grants related to the Digital Humanities, Post-Memory, Millennial Gothic Literature and Speculative Fiction.
Sanghamitra Dalal is currently appointed as a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Film, Theatre and Animation, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia. Her research interest includes postcolonial, migration and diaspora studies, life writing, transnational and transcultural literatures. Her latest article on Sri Lankan-British author-artist, Roma Tearne, has been published by Palgrave Macmillan in an edited collection of essays and she is currently working on myths, legends, speculative fiction and food writing.
Selena Middleton is an adjunct instructor with a PhD in English from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Her doctoral project examined the concept of exile in women’s ecologically-focused exoplanetary science fiction. Her dissertation connected mythological, feminist, and Indigenous approaches to exile — and its emotional and anti-social effects on individuals and groups — to climate destabilization, arguing that the ways in which climate change will affect social structures have been anticipated by science fiction writers whose works acknowledge decentralized, non-hierarchical, and ultimately fluid relationships as a means toward the robust sociality necessary to survive ecological destabilization. Her work has been published in Quaker Theology, and Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction (for which she was awarded the 2016 Foundation Essay Prize), as well as in collections published by Palgrave Macmillan and, most recently, by McFarland in the Critical Exploration in Science Fiction and Fantasy Series. She is currently working on a project on feminist violence in science fiction, a project on pacifism in science fiction written by and about members of Historic Peace Churches (such as Quakers and Mennonites), and on expanding her dissertation into a monograph.