CFP: Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy at PAMLA (Deadline: April 22, 2012)

full name / name of organization: 
Brett M. Rogers (University of Puget Sound), Benjamin Stevens (Bard College)

CFP: Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Meetings
Seattle University (Seattle, WA)
October 19-21, 2012

Modern fantasy represents a rich and relatively untapped vein in receptions of Greco-Roman classical traditions. Although medievalism has dominated much of what we identify as 'fantasy,' Greco-Roman classical traditions have always played, and continue to play, a prominent role in modern fantasy. This is perhaps most obvious in the Greek mythology found in Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians series or J. K. Rowling's use of Aeschylean narrative structures and themes in the Harry Potter series, but classical traditions can also be detected in works as diverse as (e.g.,) Tolkein's Lord of the Rings novels, Neil Gaiman's comic-book series Sandman, and Jo Graham's Black Ships. This panel thus seeks to stimulate conversation about the various ways Greco-Roman classical traditions have been put to use in modern fantasy, and we invite papers examining the reception of classical literature and ancient history in modern fantasy in any medium, including literature, film, television, and comics.

Proposals for papers should be submitted online at Proposals should include a paper title, a brief abstract (approximately 50 words), and a longer proposal (approximately 500 words). The deadline for submissions is April 22, 2012. Please note that, in order to submit a paper proposal, proposers will first have to create an online account for PAMLA, if they do not already have one. Questions may be addressed to the panel organizers: Dr. Brett M. Rogers ( and Dr. Benjamin Stevens ( Please do not send submissions to the panel organizers.