The Work of Cornelia Funke

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Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association

Call for Papers: Special Topic: Cornelia Funke

For the 2010 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association 30th Annual Conference, The Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel, Albuquerque, NM, February 10-13, 2010. This year the Science Fiction and Fantasy Area will be honored by the association!

This is a call for essays on the work of Cornelia Funke. We are interested especially in the _Inkheart_ trilogy, but Funke's other work is also welcome, ex. _Igraine the Brave_, _Dragonrider_.

The following topics are a small sampling of what might be addressed:
• the construction of the author and reader
• the construction of text and performance
• the construction of place, especially pastoral traditions in relation to contemporary society
• gender, race, and class performance
• identity and subjectivity

Please send queries, 250 word paper proposals, or 500 word panel proposals to: Alyson Buckman,

Include with the submission full contact information for each presenter including email, phone, snail mail, and institutional affiliation.

Deadline for proposal submissions: November 15, 2009. The registration deadline is December 15, 2009. All participants must register by that date or they will not be permitted to present or appear in the program.

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The Area was founded in 1995 by Prof. Richard Tuerk of the Texas A&M University-Commerce (formerly East Texas State University). The Area is currently chaired by Ximena Gallardo C. of the City University of New York-LaGuardia, Alyson Buckman of the California State University-Sacramento, Tamy Burnett of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Brian Cowlishaw of Northeastern State University. Though the co-chairs consult on submissions, Ximena is primarily responsible for the general organization of the conference panels and coordinates special panels, Alyson and Tamy coordinate the Whedonverse panels (Buffy, Firefly, Angel, and etc.), and Brian reviews and organizes the literature panels.

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