CFP: Fantasy Matters (5/31/07; 11/16/07-11/18/07)

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Call for Papers: Fantasy Matters conference, November 16-18, 2007
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2007

Fantasy literature is everywhere these days. Whether it's Eragon at the box
office or the latest Harry Potter at the bookstore, fantasy literature
seems to have captured the public's imagination and run away with it. In
spite of, or perhaps because of this popularity, however, fantasy
literature still isn't taken as seriously as other, more "canonical"

This conference takes the position that fantasy literature does matter, and
plays an important role not only in popular culture, but also in the realm
of literature itself. Neil Gaiman, author of the Sandman series of graphic
novels, and Jack Zipes, noted scholar of fairy tales and folklore, will be
the keynote speakers at the conference.

All papers related to fantasy literature are welcome, but participants are
encouraged to consider the question of the importance of fantasy literature
when forming their submissions. We also welcome authors to participate in
this discussion, either by serving on panels or by sharing their own
creative works.

Potential panel discussions include:

    * The relationship between fantasy literature and "canonical" literature
    * The role of fantasy literature in childhood
    * Narrative strategies in fantasy literature
    * Issues of race, gender, and sexuality in fantasy literature
    * The use of source material in fantasy literature
    * The relationship between fantasy literature and its adaptation(s) in

Scholars of fantasy literature at any level (fan, undergraduate, graduate,
or professional) are invited to submit abstract proposals of 250 words.
Scholars should plan for a 15-minute presentation with 5 minutes for
questions; they may also submit entire panels for consideration, planning
for three 15-minute papers per panel.

Authors of fantasy literature who would like to present their work are
encouraged to submit a 5-page sample of the piece they intend to read.
Authors should plan for a 30-minute reading.

All submissions should be sent to

For further information, please visit or send
questions to

Those submitting proposals will be notified of their status by July 31,

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