The Weird: Fugitive Fictions/Hybrid Genres

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Birkbeck & Institute of English Studies / University of London
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Friday 8 November 2013
Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

(+ Thursday 7 November: evening event / weird fiction reading: details tbc)

A one day research conference in association with the Centre for Contemporary Literature, Birkbeck, exploring the weird literary tradition and the many facets of weird writing. Keynote speakers: S. T. Joshi & Roger Luckhurst.


Until recently weird fiction, if acknowledged at all, was usually considered to be a marginal mode in the already lowly Gothic tradition - less a genre than a particular affect. In the last ten years, however, it has come to be regarded as a separate and distinct form with an increasingly important role to play in the theory of popular genre. The debate has broadened its scope to perceive and explore connections with discourses, literary traditions and cultures not previously associated with the Weird. This call for papers invites contributions that engage with weird fiction in its various aspects, including, but not limited to, the following topics and authors:

• The weird cosmic horror tradition of H.P. Lovecraft and his ‘Weird Tales’ contemporaries
• The recent New Weird advocated by Miéville and others
• The evolution of the Weird
• The global Weird - weird fiction in translation
• Genre theory and fugitive forms
• Modernism and the Weird
• Weird Philosophy and Weird Theory

Please send 250 word abstracts for 20 minute papers, together with a brief biography, to by 1st August 2013. Follow ‘The Weird’ on Twitter: @WeirdConference.

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modernist studies