Monographic Issue: “The Fantastic and the Urban”
The call for papers for articles for the sections “Monograph”, dedicated to "The Fantastic and the Urban", and “Miscellaneous” for the Vol. V n.º1 issue of Brumal. Revista de Investigación sobre lo Fantástico /Brumal. Research Journal on the Fantastic is now open.
Scholars who wish to contribute to either of these two sections should send us their articles by june 30, 2017, registering as authors on our web page. The Guidelines for Submissions may be found on the Submissions section of the web page.
Monographic Issue: “The Fantastic and the Urban” (José Duarte and Ana Daniela Coelho, Coords.)
Deadline: June 30, 2017
There is a special connection between the Fantastic and the Urban, particularly in a subgenre like the Urban Fantastic, which describes works that are mainly set in the urban space. These matters have become increasingly popular since the late 90’s with well-known works as, for instance, Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman, 1996) or Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (Joss Whedon, 1997). Exploring themes like the coexistence between the real and imagined worlds or the inscription of myths, magic or the supernatural in real cities, these works subvert the codes of reality with increasing complexity, presenting alternatives and visions that question identities and representations, and also reflect upon the cultural and social values of the nations they personify.
The objective of this monographic issue is to offer, in a series of essays, a broader but still specialized view on the urban and the fantastic, as well as the possible and the impossible, by focusing on different artistic expressions (literature, cinema, television series, comics/manga, among others), to analyze in depth the urban fantastic produced around the world. The monograph will consider works that not only explore the Urban Fantastic subgenre, but also those focusing on specific relationships between the urban experience and the fantastic, the real and the imagined, the futuristic and the historical settings, and other genres/works related to this topic.
Brumal will only consider works of a fantastic nature as defined by the journal, hereby only accepting papers on other non-mimetic genres such as the marvellous or science fiction if and when they are related to the fantastic narrative.
Some areas of research include, but are not limited to:
• Urban Fantastic and the City;
• Cities: between reality and Fantasy;
• Place, Space and Liminality;
• Underground Tales/Real and Fantastic Urban Creatures;
• Adaptations (different perspectives: television, cinema, visual arts, comics, among others);
• Past and Present Representations of the Urban Space;
• Adult/Teen Fiction;
• Possible and Impossible Urban Worlds.