Inclusive Learning through Fantasy

deadline for submissions: 
September 9, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Camille D. G. Mustachio

Post secondary teaching institutions are increasingly called upon to provide innovative, transformative learning experiences for diverse student populations. One of the ways in which educators in writing-intensive courses may facilitate accessible, student-centered lessons is through the interrogation of high-interest fantasy literature. This edited essay collection will investigate ways in which fantasy literature in various print and visual media is a pivotal pedagogical tool that enhances, complicates, and reinvisions college composition instruction and student experience. Contributing chapters by faculty of color, scholars who are members of marginalized populations, and community college faculty are especially sought.

Potential topics may include but are not limited to: 

  • Comparative analyses of books and their adaptations in film, television, and gaming through an inclusive lens
  • Constructivism or Liberationism pedagogical approaches using fantasy in literature or composition courses
  • The impact of DEI analyses of fantasy texts on student writing to build empathy and critical thinking
  • Use of fantasy to engage underrepresented or marginalized student populations with higher education writing instruction
  • Alternative approaches to teaching canonical texts 
  • Best practices to evaluate diversity and accessibility when franchises are enhanced or constrained by popularity
  • Practitioner case studies of texts and lessons used in dual-enrollment, first year, or second year writing classrooms

Send abstracts of 300-500 words and 50-word author bio to Final essays of 6,000-8,000 words are to be MLA formatted. This book will be published by McFarland & Company, Inc.


Important Dates:

Abstracts Due: September 9, 2022

Acceptance Notification: September 30, 2022

Drafts Due: January 13, 2023

Revisions Due: May 12, 2023

Manuscript to Publisher for Peer Review: August 11, 2023