Magic and Literature: May 27-28, 2016

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Department of English & Humanities, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh

Call for Papers
International Conference
Magic and Literature

May 27-28, 2016

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Prof. Subir Dhar, Rabindra Bharati University

Magic pops up frequently in literature. Prospero's art, Keats's 'charm'd magic casements,' the satirical sylphs in Pope's The Rape of the Lock, Yeats's occultism are some examples. In English Studies, we deal with magic in classics as well as in popular literature: Homer and Apuleius, the Holy Grail, The Faerie Queene, the modern magical realists, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Ursula K. Le Guin, J.K. Rowling and others. We locate magic in the 'genial spirit' of the author; we identify magic as an object of desire, an enactment of words, or an enchanted place.

Is magic a type of religion, a primitive form of science, or an ultimate trick that—like money—creates illusion? Why is the media suddenly flooded with magical fantasies? Why is a rational society like ours subscribing to an apparent irrationality? Why are we understandably becoming wise of the other-wise?

The Department of English & Humanities, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh, will explore these issues in an international conference on May 27-28, 2016.

Papers are invited on, but not limited to, the following broad topics:

Magic and Genre
Magic and Gender
Magic and Money
Magical Realism
Magic and Culture
Magic and the Media
Magic and Semiotics
Magic and Theory
Magic and Environment
Magic and Romance
Magic and Religion
Magic and Science
Magic and War
Magic and Performance
Magic and Graphic Novels and Comics
Magic and Postmodernism

Registration Deadline: May 20, 2016
Registration Fees:
Tk.1500 (Local participants)
Tk. 800 (Students)
$150 (Overseas participants)
$100 (SAARC participants)

Abstracts: 150-250 words (author's affiliation and position required)
Abstracts Deadline: April 28, 2016
Papers: 20-minute presentation, including Q&A

Please email abstracts and papers to: