Session on Weird Fiction, 1925-1945, SW/TX PCA/ACA, Feb. 10-13, 2010, Albuquerque, NM

full name / name of organization: 
Justin Everett
contact email: 
j.everet@usp.edu

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR A SESSION ON HEROISM AND VILLAINY IN WEIRD FICTION, 1925-1945
SW/TX PCA/ACA CONFERENCE, FEBRUARY 10-13, 2010
Science Fiction/Fantasy Area
Between 1925 and 1945, “pulp” magazines were the primary means of distribution for “weird fiction” which would quickly evolve into the semi-separate categories of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Though film and radio had begun to make an impact, the mass market paperback industry was in its infancy, and television was still years away. In the particularly tumultuous years between the stock market crash of 1929 and the end of the Second World War, the pulps provided much more than a means of escape—they were a conduit for coming to grips with the rapid acceleration of technology, the theory of evolution, particle physics and other scientific revolutions. Beyond this, they allowed the formative writers of the new literatures places (topoi) to debate the virtues and vices of the newly modern world.
The proposed session will consist of four presentations that discuss the roles of heroism and villainy, broadly conceived, as manifest in the pages of Weird Tales, Amazing Stories, and other pulps. Proposed papers may address, but are not limited to, the following themes:
• The impact of editors on the evolution of weird fiction (such as Farnsworth Wright’s influence on Weird Tales)
• Feminism in the early pulps (C. L. Moore’s Jiril of Jiory and others)
• Robert E. Howard’s concept of the barbarian hero (Kull, Conan, Bran Mak Morn, and variations of the barbarian—Francis X. Gordon, Solomon Kane)
• H. P. Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos
• The impact of the Lovecraft Circle: Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, August Derlath and others
• The violence of Nature in Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Moore, Howard, and others
• Clark Ashton Smith and the theme of necromancy
• The ‘new’ Lovecraft Circle: The Cthulhu Mythos in recent fiction
• Lovecraft and Howard on film
• Pulps in MMORPGs such as Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures
Please submit 250 word abstracts of proposed papers to: j.everet@usp.edu.
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2009

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american
popular_culture
science_and_culture