Modalities of Fantasy: Reconfiguring Time and Space

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February 15, 2021
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Modalities of Fantasy: Reconfiguring Time and Space

Domain of the Fantastic is the ground for physical, biological, and metaphysical riddles about the architecture of perceived natural order of ‘life’ which re-organizes readers’ world to forge novel experiences of reality. Immediacy of the domain of Fantasy becomes relevant as a radical Other of our pandemic-hit reality—which is forcing us to make sense of the present world and devise new meanings—by introducing alternate perspectives on human condition that edge on becoming the normative. The production and reception of Fantasy narratives, as the Other, is driven by an immersive lure of fateful quest of an individual to redeem a crumbling community. Its built-in pluralistic vision—at social, cultural, historical, and bodily levels—catalyses its form against all fixed definites, and makes its relevance increasingly comprehensible in tackling the grim dystopic truths of our times as well as shaping our utopian desires. Both the generation of the fantasy narratives and the means of their operations determine the relations which are formed between an individual and his socio-economic and political conditions. Being theorized as political, fantasy narratives channelize the strategies of resistance and revolution, subversion and repression through their characteristic ‘unreal’ representations. The contextual placing of these unreal themes within fantasy texts, in the form of allegories, as such become the index of its functioning within the established ideological frameworks.

The deployment of symbolically mediated structures within Fantasy reveal the possibilities of a new vocabulary and imagination to perceive the space-time continuum. The novel vocabulary looks at this continuum through the spectrum of individual experience and addresses the schism between one’s particular experience of space-and-time, and the cosmological Space-Time manifold. This engagement refurbishes histories of communities and reconfigures geographical spaces through an individual’s transportation into imagined futures and/or alternate worlds. Such intrusion of subjective dimension within fantasy narratives reformulates pervasive experience of ‘real’ time that is commonly ordered as the standard structural platitudes of past, present, and future, and subsequently reconstitutes our understanding of its extension and intersections within vast spatial realms. One slant emerging from these reconstitutions is to form new relationships between readers’ understanding of temporality with reference to their self, and then make them reflect upon human ambition to conquer time itself. The experiential dimension of time, acknowledged as an ever-going form of the emancipatory entity of change, then thresholds truths—about fear of the unknown, encounters with the strange, and the sense of being abandoned—to establish new interpretations of life.

The call for papers for the current Issue focusses upon the broad brushstrokes through which fantasy constitutes a worldview in its negotiations with spatio-temporal order. Some suggested themes are as follows:

  • Economics of fantasy
  • Magic and materialism
  • Fantasy and consumer culture
  • Sociological implications of fantasy
  • Real world implications of fantasy
  • Fantasy as a political category
  • Fantasy and dreamworld
  • Fantasy and mythmaking narratives
  • Fantasy and posthumanism
  • Fantasy and uncanny
  • Fantasy against totalitarianism
  • Political utopias in fantasy
  • Heterotopias in fantasy
  • Fantasy and re-ordering of the world
  • Language of the fantastic
  • Fantasy and critique of desire
  • Postmodern epistemology of the anti-episteme
  • Fantasy and reconfiguration of subjectivity



Only complete papers will be considered for publication. The papers need to be submitted according to the guidelines of the MLA 8th edition. You are welcome to submit full length papers (3,500–10,000 words) along with a 150 words abstract and list of keywords. Please read the submission guidelines before making the submission – Please feel free to email any queries to –

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Submission deadline: 15th January, 2021

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