[UPDATE] Textual Echoes: Fan Fiction and Sexualities

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Textual Echoes: Fan Fiction and Sexualities


We invite paper proposals for presentations at the symposium Textual Echoes: Fan Fiction and Sexualities, to be held at the University of Umeå, Sweden, 11-13 February 2010.

Keynote speakers: Kristina Busse, Co-editor of Transformative Works and Cultures, and Elizabeth Woledge, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, UK.

The focus is on fan fiction published on the internet rather than in fanzines or in other printed forms. In an attempt to move away from the contemporary ethnographic stress on studies of fandoms, focus of papers should be on close reading analyses; how the texts can be approached as literary artifacts and what theoretical models can be applied. The symposium's subtitle: "fan fiction and sexualities" further represents possible approaches, but is to be seen as non-excluding. Suggestions for additional topics are welcome!

Suggested panels:

Fan fiction and femininities

Fan fiction and masculinities

Fan fiction and queer readings

Fan fiction and generic structures

Fan fiction and discourse

Fan fiction and tradition

Fan fiction and language

The importance of fan fiction today

New proposal deadline: June 20, 2009. Please send your abstract (no more than 200 words) to the project group Cyber Echoes at: textualechoes@gmail.com.