Embodying Fantastika - Special Issue
A Special issue of Fantastika Journal
Article Deadline: 1st August 2020
‘Fantastika’ is an umbrella term that embraces the genres of Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror but can also include Alternate History, Gothic, Steampunk or any other radically imaginative narrative space.
This special issue aims to define, challenge and debate conceptualisations of embodiment. We seek to investigate how various bodily forms are addressed or ruptured across a myriad of canvases, whether it be through (re)construction, transposition or indeed destabilisation. This issue will diagnose how Fantastika texts may extend upon or confront definitions of what it even means to be ‘embodied’, inviting researchers from fields such as posthumanism, medical humanities and other relevant fields to collaborate through productive discussion.
Submissions are open to all. Articles must be between 5000-7000 words and can be submitted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission guidelines are available on our website here:
Please also include an abstract of up to 300 words and a biographical note of up to 100 words with your submission.
Suggested topics include:
• Bodily modification or transformation – forms of (re)construction.
• Monstrosity – reconceptualising the role and presence of monsters.
• Speculative or Non-Human Turn, materiality and notions of the ‘real’.
• Doppelganger or clone narratives – facsimile or ersatz identities.
• Digital consciousness, synthetic/A.I. identities, virtual reality, avatars.
• Gender identities – feminist, masculine, non-binary, trans etc.
• Cartesian notions of mind and body.
• Myths or monsters – folklore, demons, ghosts or other creatures.
• Bodily experience – carnality, traumas, empathy and sensory effects.
• Disabilities, chronic illnesses, prosthesis or other related experiences.
• Bodily commodification, ownership and notions of ‘material’ worth.
• Performing bodies – theatre, video games, LARP, cosplay.
• Narrator or character perspectives – hero, child, adolescent, geriatric.
• Writing for alternate ontologies – animal, alien, non-human.
• Postcolonial revisioning of embodiment/acts of bodily reclamation.
• Any Fantastika-related embodiment that challenges homogeneity.
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