UPDATE: [International] 2009 International Conference on Fantastic Literature and the New Rhetoric: The European Legacy

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Lab. of Fantastic Literature & the New Rhetoric

The 2009 International Conference on Fantastic Literature and the New
Rhetoric: The European Legacy

Date: October 17, 2009
Location: National Dong Hwa University, Hualien, Taiwan
Deadline: May 1, 2009

Guest Scholar & Keynote Speaker:
Professor Dr. Denis Mellier, Université de Poitiers, France

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The Fantastic is everywhere, in contemporary world literature, cinema,
comic books, arts or video games. The rhetoric regains considerable
significance in our times, for we live in a society of communication
where discourses outwit ideology. From the rhetorical probable to the
imaginary improbable, the fantastic per se can be regarded as a
rhetorical device, whether it resorts to escapism, fear, wonder or
cynicism. Poetician of the New Rhetoric (the restricted rhetoric),
Todorov expounds the rhetorical uniqueness of the fantastic in his
influential theory of the genre. Europe is the cradle of modern fantastic
literature: the Gothic novel and fantasy in England, the fairy and
fantastic tales in Germany, and the realistic fantastic in France. It
also offers inexhaustible fantastic resources or what Tolkien called the
mythic cauldron from Antiquity to the present days. With the popularity
and filmic adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter series,
Steven King's horror stories, Ann Rice's vampire novels, Asimov's science
fiction, and the numerous best-seller emulators of the genre,
contemporary literature and cinema show unprecedented prosperity of the
fantastic. We may spatially travel to Eastern Europe with vampire fiction
and temporally return to the Ancient and Medieval Europe with heroic
fantasy. Even in the 21st-century fantasy, we still encounter fantastic
characters such as dwarfs, Merlin, Melusine, Flamel and Faust that once
inhabited Europe.

Laboratory of Fantastic Literature and the New Rhetoric is pleased to
solicit proposals for papers to explore the European rhetoric and
tradition in fantasy, Gothic novel, horror, the fantastique or low
fantasy, science fiction and other related modes of the fantastic. Poetic
mediation encompasses literary texts, comic books (including Japanese
manga), paintings, music and films. Papers may focus on European
literature, individual authors, European influence on Asian, American or
other non-European authors, narrative rhetoric, language, themes,
mythopoeia or character types. All literary and critical approaches are

The official language of the conference is English. Please send an
abstract of approximately 250-300 words, along with the title of the
paper and contact information, to the organizing committee (email:
fantastic_at_mail.ndhu.edu.tw) by May 1, 2009. Notification of acceptance
will be announced on May 20, 2009. Final papers (10-15 pages, MLA style)
should be due on October 1, 2009. Scholars are invited to give a 20-
minute presentation of their research on the subject of the conference.
The selected papers of the conference will be reviewed by the editorial
board of the international journal Fastitocalon (published in Germany).
Papers accepted will be published as a special issue or monograph series.

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