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CFP: Through the Wardrobe: A Narnia Conference (3/25/06; 5/5/06)
full name / name of organization:
"Through the Wardrobe: A Narnia Conference"
Call for Papers:
“Through the Wardrobe: A Narnia Conference” is a one-day conference for scholars and fans of C.S. Lewis’s Narnia novels. Given the perennial interest in children’s fantasy novels including Lewis’s series, the seeming rise in interest in fantasy following the enormous success of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, the interesting cultural phenomenon of C. S. Lewis’s variable reputation among Christian communities in the United States, the curious differences between the reception of Lewis and the reception of Rowling, pertinent questions concerning the psychological impact on children of fantasy fiction, and the recent release of the enormously popular Disney/Walden film adaptation of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, our aim is to create a forum for scholarly analysis of Lewis’s books that is at the same time welcoming to the general public. We hope that the conference will be a forum for open discussion between scholars and fans of these works, and will also allow fo!
Proposals are sought for papers on any topic relating to the Narnia novels, the film adaptations, the general C.S. Lewis/Narnia phenomenon, or the reaction to the film and books by various audiences. Potential topics include but are not limited to:
The connection of Lewis’ Narnia books to other works of fantasy, including works by Tolkien and Rowling (may include theorizing about the works’ widely divergent receptions)
Proposals should take the form of an approximately 500-word abstract, as well as a 50-100 word summary for the program book and a 50-100 word biography. All proposals must be received by email by March 25, 2005. Please send all abstracts and questions to Craig Svonkin at svonkco_at_netzero.com