CFP: [International] The 1st Formosa International Conference on Fantastic Literature (Taiwan)(8/15/07;11/03/07)

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FICFL 2007:
The 1st Formosa International Conference on Fantastic Literature
November 3, 2007
Deadline Extension to August 15, 2007

Guest Scholar & Keynote Speaker:
Professor Roger Bozzetto, University of Provence Aix-Marseille I, France

Formosa is per se fantastic. For Europeans, it was the imaginary island,
the Isle Formosa Gad Avia, forged by George Psalmanazaar who claimed to be
Formosan and invented the “Formosan language” in early 18th century.
Formosa is presently named Taiwan, the Republic of China. And from this
realistic Formosa (by no means the mysterious island that sacrifices the
hearts of 18,000 young boys every year), National Dong Hwa University and
National Chiao Tung University will hold the first Formosa International
Conference on Fantastic Literature (FICFL) on 3 November 2007.

Fantastic literature is ubiquitous these days and gradually gains a niche
in literary studies. Considered as a literary genre, the fantastic eludes
the theories and definitions that attempt to circumscribe it and forces
some other critics to adopt a general approach with an open definition.
Denis Mellier thus conceives of a third perspective, the fantastic
as “the writing of excess,” to leave this critical paradox. In light of
Tzvetan Todorov, la littérature fantastique emerges when the reader
and/or the character hesitate(s) between two neighbouring genres: le
merveilleux (the marvellous) and l’é trange (the uncanny).
Moreover, the allegorical and poetical reading must be excluded. For Roger
Bozzetto, the term as a literary genre was invented in the 19th century,
thanks to the French translation of E. T. A. Hoffmann’s
Fantasiestücke. He further explores the diverse types of the
fantastic texts by distinguishing the imaginary from the unimaginable. For
most French critics, le genre fantastique was born towards the end of the
18th century, whereas in the Anglophone world, the origin of fantasy or
fantastic literature is often traced back to the antiquity or medieval
literature. Colin Manlove and Richard Mathews employ the term fantasy
literature, while G. K. Chesterton designated fantastic literature. As to
J. R. R. Tolkien, “fantasy” refers to the aesthetic imagination and
rendering of fairy-stories. He rather used the term fantastic to refer to
the imaginary kinds of writings. Then how does Chinese literature,
Japanese literature, German literature or Hispanic literature define this
literary mode of the fantastic? The FICFL 2007 thus attempts to draw
Taiwanese researchers’ attention to the studies of fantastic literature
and also welcomes international scholars of the fantastic.

As Formosa encounters fantastic literature, the FICFL 2007 looks to bring
together scholars in dialogue about the Todorovian pure fantastic,
fantasy, horror, Gothic, magical realism, science fiction and the Chinese
zhiguai or shenguai. Comparative literature and the fantastic will be the
key issue this year. Papers on the following themes are encouraged:

Theorization on the fantastic
The feminine writing and the Gothic
Mortality and immortality
Fantastic time and space
Imaginary animals and vegetation

Abstract proposals of approximately 250-300 words, along with the title of
the paper and contact information, should be sent by e-mail to the
organizing committee before August 15, 2007. Scholars should plan for a 20-
minute presentation.

Prof. Dr. Fanfan Chen
Organizing Committee of FICFL 2007
Department of English & Doctoral Program of Comparative Literature
National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan or

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