I just learned of this conference at my own campus, apparently being
put on by grad students in the U of MN English Dept.....
Fantasy Matters Conference Call for Papers
Nov. 16-18, 2007
Call for Papers: Fantasy Matters conference, November 16-18, 2007
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
June 15, 2007
Fantasy literature is everywhere these days. Whether it�s Eragon at
the box office or the latest Harry Potter at the bookstore, fantasy
literature seems to have captured the public�s imagination and run
away with it. In spite of, or perhaps because of this popularity,
however, fantasy literature still isn�t taken as seriously as other,
more �canonical� literature.
This conference takes the position that fantasy literature does
matter, and plays an important role not only in popular culture, but
also in the realm of literature itself. Neil Gaiman, author of the
Sandman series of graphic novels, and Jack Zipes, noted scholar of
fairy tales and folklore, will be the keynote speakers at the
All papers related to fantasy literature are welcome, but
participants are encouraged to consider the question of the
importance of fantasy literature when forming their submissions. We
also welcome authors to participate in this discussion, either by
serving on panels or by sharing their own creative works.
Potential panel discussions include:
The relationship between fantasy literature and "canonical" literature
The role of fantasy literature in childhood
Narrative strategies in fantasy literature
Issues of race, gender, and sexuality in fantasy literature
The use of source material in fantasy literature
The relationship between fantasy literature and its adaptation(s) in
Scholars of fantasy literature at any level (fan, undergraduate,
graduate, or professional) are invited to submit abstract proposals
of 250 words. Scholars should plan for a 15-minute presentation with
5 minutes for questions; they may also submit entire panels for
consideration, planning for three 15-minute papers per panel.
Authors of fantasy literature who would like to present their work
are encouraged to submit a 5-page sample of the piece they intend to
read. Authors should plan for a 30-minute reading.
All submissions should be sent to submissions@...
For further information, please visit www.fantasymatters.org or send
questions to inquiries@...
Those submitting proposals will be notified of their status by July
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