UPDATE: [Gender Studies] Queering the Fantastic (anthology; 10-31-07)

full name / name of organization: 
Robin Anne Reid

Queering the Fantastic
Edited by Robin Anne Reid and Jes Battis (added as co-editor)

What is queer about the fantastic, and what is fantastic about queerness?
This volume will address all the fantastic in all media, focusing
particularly on queer uses, adaptations, and reformulations. Since its
definition as “a hesitation between genres” by Tzvetan Todorov in the
1970s, the fantastic has often been compared to Freud’s ‘uncanny,’ or to
the marvelous realms of the picaresque, the fairy-tale, and the medieval
romance. But the fantastic is not precisely any of these things, and, with
this volume, we are interested in linking it to the ambivalent and charged
position of ‘queer’ as a sexuality, a mode of life, a genre of literature,
and even a type of impossibility.

We are seeking scholarly essays (20 pgs max) that explore the links between
the fantastic and queer studies. We would like to see work on queer fantasy
writers, queer adaptations and manipulations of the fantastic, writers
whose work has a ‘queer bent’ of some kind, or theoretical treatments of
gay and lesbian studies, or gender studies, including asexuality,
bisexuality, transexuality, and transgender.
Topics might include, but are not limited to, any of the following
sub-genres and media:

Science fiction, fantasy, horror, speculative fiction, hybrid and
interstitial arts, magical realism, post-colonial fantasy.

Films, television shows, graphic novels, anime, and manga.

Fanfiction, slash fiction, filk, vids, machinima, fan cultures.

RPGs and gaming-inspired series, as well as PC and console video games and
online games.

Children’s and YA fantasy-fiction with gay and lesbian themes (book or

Queering and re-analyzing canonical creators of the fantastic, in any media
and sub-genre, including the epic.

Readings of fantastic texts from languages and cultures outside the U.S.
and the U.K.

Readings of interdisciplinary queer writers (and critics) who deal with
unclassifiable works.

Surveys and reinterpretations of critics and earlier scholarship on the

Creative pieces that are critical and scholarly in nature

Email abstracts (1000 word max plus Working Bibliography) to:

Professor Robin Anne Reid (Robin_Reid_AT_tamu-commerce.edu) AND Professor
Jes Battis (jbattis_AT_gmail.com). Please include a recent CV and short bio.

Deadline for abstracts is Oct 30, 2007. All contributors will be notified
by early November.

Robin Anne Reid is currently professor of creative writing and critical
theory at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She has authored two books for
Greenwood's Critical Companions Series (on Arthur C. Clarke and Ray
Bradbury), and is currently editing an encyclopedia on women in science
fiction and fantasy, also for Greenwood. She has published essays on
feminist science fiction, queer approaches to fan studies, and Peter
Jackson's film of Tolkien's novel. Her poetry has been published in a
variety of small magazines and online.

Jes Battis is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the City
University of New York in Manhattan, and teaches as an adjunct instructor
in the Department of Film and Media Studies at CUNY-Hunter College. He has
authored two scholarly books on fantasy and media: “Investigating
Farscape: Uncharted Territories of Sex and Science Fiction,” (Palgrave,
2007) and “Blood Relations: Chosen Families in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
and Angel,” (McFarland, 2005). He also has a fantasy novel, “Night Child,”
forthcoming from Penguin USA/Ace in spring of 2008.

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