[UPDATE] Fantasy and Fantastic Literature (grad) (3/11/09; (dis)junctions, 4/3/09-4/4/09)

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University of California, Riverside

[UPDATE]: New submission dealine, 3/11/2009

This call for papers is for a proposed panel at (dis)junctions, the University of California, Riverside's 16th Annual Humanities Graduate Conference, which will be held on April 3-4, 2009. This year's theme is "Brave New Worlds."

This panel seeks papers on any aspect of fantasy and fantastic literature, from its modern inception with George MacDonald to its links with ancient and medieval epics, and its continued and growing presence in recent years with the Harry Potter books and in film and television, as well as anything in between. Other possible topics include, but are not limited to, issues of genre (e.g., the apparently permeable border with science fiction, or mainstream fiction); fantasy and children's literature; fantasy and social critique or allegory; or analyses of specific works or series of works. Of special interest, in keeping with this year's conference theme, are papers dealing with the creation of fantastic worlds.

Please send abstracts of 200-250 words to Susana Brower at susana.disj_at_yahoo.com by March 11, 2009. Please let me know of any potential A/V needs; every effort will be made to accommodate you.