[UPDATE] Revisiting Literary Worlds: Prequels, Sequels, and Spin-offs (grad) (3/11/09; (dis)junctions, 4/3/09-4/4/09)
CFP: Revisiting Literary Worlds: Prequels, Sequels, and Spin-offs (grad) (New deadline - 3/11/09; (dis)junctions, 4/3/09-4/4/09)
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."
In keeping with that theme, this panel seeks papers that consider works—likely written, though appropriate film, television, and other media may be analyzed—that return to already-existing fictional worlds and approach and re-imagine them with new eyes and new purpose. These may include prequels concerned with the time prior to a well-known work's events, such as Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea or John Clinch's Finn: A Novel, which explores the life of Huck Finn's father. It may also include sequels (even those done by the some author, especially after the passage of some years) that carry the story or follow its characters beyond the bounds of the original tale, that provide new adventures, that present new characters in the same world, or those that rewrite the same events from a new perspective; examples include the various reincarnations of the Sherlock Holmes stories, or fantasy writers Robin McKinley's and Peter S. Beagle's respective returns to the land of their earlier novels.
Despite the difficulty, perhaps, in drawing such a line, this panel specifically does not seek papers on adaptations of other literary works.
Potential panelists should certainly not feel limited by the possible topics suggested above; surprises and the unforeseen are hoped for. Consideration of works from all genres, lengths, and media are encouraged.
Please send abstracts of 200-250 words to Susana Brower at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by March 11, 2009. Please let me know of any potential A/V needs; every effort will be made to accommodate you.