Friday, May 5, 2017

Mythlore 130 Now Available

Sorry for not having posted in a while.

Here is a quick update on the latest number of Mythlore. It can be ordered direct from the Mythopoeic Society at http://www.mythsoc.org/mythlore/mythlore-130.htm.

Contents are as follows:


Mythlore 130, Volume 35, Issue 2 (Spring/Summer 2017)

Editorial
— Janet Brennan Croft

“Time to Prepare a Face”: Mythology Comes of Age
— Andrew Lazo

To Grow Together, or To Grow Apart: The Long Sorrow of the Ents and Marriage in The Lord of the Rings.
— Nicole duPlessis

“Enough about Whores”: Sexual Characterization in A Song of Ice and Fire.
— Joseph Young

“It Had Been His Virtue, and Therefore Also the Cause of His Fall”: Seduction as a Mythopoeic Accounting for Evil in Tolkien’s Work.
— Maria Alberto

The Name of the Ring: or, There and Back Again.
— Janet Brennan Croft

Tolkien’s Allusive Backstory: Immortality and Belief in the Fantasy Frame.
— Wayne A. Chandler and Carrol L. Fry

Utopia in Deep Heaven: Thomas More and C.S. Lewis’s Cosmic Trilogy
.— Benjamin C. Parker

From the Ineluctable Wave to the Realization of Imagined Wonder: Tolkien’s Transformation of Psychic Pain into Art.
— John Rosegrant

A Common Language of Desire: The Magicians, Narnia, and Contemporary Fantasy.
— Kelly Kramer


Reviews

  • Fisher, Jason: A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages. J.R.R. Tolkien. Ed. Dimitra Fimi and Andrew Higgins.
  • Fitzsimmons, Philip: The ‘Great War’ of Owen Barfield and C.S. Lewis: Philosophical Writings 1927-1930. Edited by Norbert Feinendegen and Arend Smilde Joy and Poetic Imagination: Understanding C.S. Lewis’s “Great War” with Owen Barfield and its Significance for Lewis’s Conversion and Writings. Stephen Thorson.
  • Larsen, Kristine: The Hero’s Quest and the Cycles of Nature: An Ecological Interpretation of World Mythology. Rachel S. McCoppin.
  • Brown, Nancy Marie: Elf Queens and Holy Friars: Fairy Beliefs and the Medieval Church. Richard Firth Green.
  • Cochran, James M.: Outlaw Heroes as Liminal Figures of Film and Television. Rebecca A. Umland.
  • Martin, Tiffany Brooke: C.S. Lewis at Poets’ Corner. Edited by Michael Ward and Peter S. Williams.
  • Foster, Mike: A Well of Wonder: Essays on C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings. Clyde S. Kilby.
  • Croft, Janet Brennan: Fastitocalon: Studies in Fantasticism Ancient to Modern. Vol. 6, nos. 1 and 2, 2016. Hither Shore: Interdisciplinary Journal on Modern Fantasy Literature. Vol. 12, 2015.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

MAPACA 2017

MAPACA has recently released preliminary information for its upcoming 2017 meeting to be held from 8-11 November 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Further details and links to submissions to area chairs can be found online at https://mapaca.net/conference.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

CFP Star Wars, Special Issue of Journal of Religion and Popular Culture (3/31/2017)

Call for Papers Journal of Religion and Popular Culture special issue "STAR WARS"

Event: 03/31/2017
Abstract: 03/31/2017
https://www.cfplist.com/CFP.aspx?CID=9649

Organization: University of Toronto Press

With an extensive and still growing body of work, including two cinematographic trilogies, a third trilogy in process, several animated television series, and numerous books and novels, Star Wars is probably one of the richest universes in science fiction, and generates a strong and constant interest from a vivid fan community. Religions play a major role in this setting, particularly with the preponderant importance of the Force in the Star Wars universe. However, given the size of the Star Wars galaxy and the number of sentient species that inhabit it, religion in Star Wars cannot be reduced to the Force.


The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture invites submissions exploring the religious dimensions of the Star Wars universe, including the religious and mystic symbols that have been extensively used in developing the varied elements of the Star Wars franchise. Papers exploring the religious dimensions and implications of the animated series’, the third trilogy, the Star Wars legends material, fans, conventions, theme parks, and other Star Wars material are particularly welcome.
This special issue will provide an up-to-date reflection on the topic of religion and Star wars, and will investigate some of the most recent avatars of the Star Wars saga through the lens of religion.


Interested authors, and book reviewers should contact guest editor, Matthieu Guitton at matthieu.guitton@fmed.ulaval.ca



Contact Email: agreenwood@utpress.utoronto.ca
Website: http://www.bit.ly/JRPCOnline


CFP 2017: A Clarke Odyssey: A Conference Marking the Centenary of Sir Arthur C. Clarke (7/30/2017)

2017: A Clarke Odyssey: A Conference Marking the Centenary of Sir Arthur C. Clarke
https://www.cfplist.com/CFP.aspx?CID=9934

Event: 12/09/2017
Abstract: 07/30/2017

Location: Canterbury Christ Church University
Organization: Canterbury Christ Church University



Keynote Speakers: Stephen Baxter
Dr Sarah Dillon (University of Cambridge)

Sir Arthur C. Clarke is one of the most important British sf writers of the twentieth century – novelist, short-story writer, scriptwriter, science populariser, fan, presenter of documentaries on the paranormal, proposer of the uses of the geosynchronous orbit and philanthropist.

We want to celebrate his life, work and influence on science fiction, science and beyond.

We are looking for twenty-minute papers on topics such as:
  • any of Clarke’s publications
  • influences on Clarke
  • Clarke’s influence on others
  • the Second World War
  • Sri Lanka/Ceylon
  • the Cold War
  • adaptations to film, television, radio and comic books – 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Rendezvous with Rama, Trapped in Space, etc.
  • collaborations
  • A.I. and computers
  • alien encounters and first contact
  • astronomy, space and space travel
  • Big Dumb Objects
  • the destiny of life and mind in the universe
  • the far future
  • futurology
  • politics
  • religion, the transcendent and the paranormal
  • science and scientists
  • world government
  • Young Adult fiction
  • the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction, the Sir Arthur Clarke Award for achievements in space and the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation awards

Please submit four-hundred-word abstracts and a hundred-word biography to AndrewMButler42@gmail.com and P.A.March-Russell@kent.ac.uk by 30 July 2017.

The conference will be co-organised by Dr Andrew M. Butler (Canterbury Christ Church University) and Dr Paul March-Russell (University of Kent). Further details will be available from https://2017aclarkeodyssey.wordpress.com/



Contact Email: andrewmbutler42@gmail.com
Website: https://2017aclarkeodyssey.wordpress.com/

CFP Imagining Alternatives (6/1/2017)

Imagining Alternatives
https://www.cfplist.com/CFP.aspx?CID=10038

Event: 06/01/2017
Abstract: 06/01/2017

Organization: Resilience: A Journal for the Environmental Humanities


CFP for a Special Issue of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities

“Imagining Alternatives”

From Afrofuturism to dystopian, apocalyptic fiction to alternate history to ecofeminism and cli-fi, authors of speculative fictions have been interrogating alternative worlds in literature, film, television, comic books, and video games. These visions give us access to alien planets as well as alternative perspectives on our own pasts, presents, and possible futures. They reflect our hopes and fears; they offer new narratives of race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality; they suggest the magic and the horror embedded in our own realities.

This special issue of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities invites authors to interrogate imagined alternatives to existing systems of knowledge and distributions of power. We are interested in submissions engaging with a wide variety of subjects, genres, mediums, time periods, and national origins: from cyberpunk to steampunk, and from Gothic fiction to fan fiction. We also want to encourage authors to imagine alternative formats for their own work. In addition to traditional essays, we will also consider roundtables, interviews, photo essays, web comics, YouTube videos, Flash animations, web-based games, and other creative works.

To be considered for inclusion in the special issue, submit your work via the Resilience website (http://www.resiliencejournal.org/publishing-in-resilience/submission-form/) by June 1, 2017 for publication in the fall of 2017. Be certain to indicate in the abstract that you are submitting a piece for the “Imagining Alternatives” special issue.

Please direct any questions about the special issue to Megan Condis via email at megancondis.gmail.com or on Twitter @MeganCondis.


Contact Email: megancondis@gmail.com

CFP Mythmoot IV (2/28/17)

Mythmoot IV
https://www.cfplist.com/CFP.aspx?CID=10124

Event: 06/01/2017 - 06/04/2017
Abstract: 02/28/2017

Location: Leesburg, VA
Organization: Signum University


Call for Papers

Mythgard Institute from Signum University is turning Mythmoot IV into an experience of a secondary world for academics, friends, and fans. Mythmoot will be held from June 1st to 4th, 2017, at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA. This year’s theme is…

Invoking Wonder

Accepting Paper, Panel, Workshop, and Creative Presentation (storytelling, music, visual arts, etc.) Proposals related to:

  • Imaginative Literature — Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction from Mary Shelley and H.P Lovecraft to Ursula Le Guin and Neil Gaiman.
  • Tolkien and Inklings Studies — Research on the works and lives of the Inklings as they interact with each other, their modern context, and classic and imaginative literature.
  • Germanic Philology — Explore relationships between language and literature in the past, present, and future.
  • Anything Else — Academic research or creative presentations that traverse literature in its wondrous variety.

~ Paper proposals should be approximately 100 words.
Presentations will be under 20 minutes long.

~ Panel proposals must be submitted in one inclusive email, with approximately 100 words describing each paper.
Panels will be presented in 1-hour sessions.

~ Workshop proposals should be approximately 200 words.
Workshops will be allotted 1 hour in total.

~ Creative Presentation proposals should provide a short description (fewer than 200 words) of the presentation.
Creative Presentations should be no longer than 30 minutes.

Proposal Submission

Proposals are accepted through 28 February 2017. Send proposals to events@mythgard.org with a subject line of “Paper Proposal,” “Panel Proposal,” “Workshop Proposal,” or “Creative Presentation Proposal.” Include a brief bio and A/V requirements.

Please Note!

Submission of any proposal is considered agreement by the presenter to attend Mythmoot and deliver the presentation if it is accepted. Presentations of any form will not be delivered in absentia.
Visit http://mythgard.org/events/mythmoot-iv/ for more details!

What is Mythmoot?

Mythmoot combines academic conference, literary creative meet-up, and fan convention all into one. It develops studies in fields not considered primary in literary scholarship such as science fiction, fantasy, horror, gothic, folklore, children’s literature, etc., in a way that academics and enthusiasts will appreciate.


Contact Email: events@mythgard.org
Website: http://mythgard.org/events/mythmoot-iv/
 

CFP The Journal of Games and Gaming (4/30/17)

The Journal of Games and Gaming (JGG)
https://www.cfplist.com/CFP.aspx?CID=10145
Event: 12/31/2017 - 12/31/2017
Abstract: 04/30/2017

Location: United Kingdom
Organization: The Museum of Games and Gaming


The Museum of Games and Gaming is putting together a body of work for publication in its first journal and is pleased to be launching this as an open call for papers. This is a great opportunity to get your work published as there is no publication fee, your paper will be peer reviewed and you will be assigned an editor.

The first edition of the journal is looking for Original Research, Book Reviews and Short Articles in any area covered by our current Research Themes (please see the list on our website).

If you have an idea for a paper or a work in progress please contact us as soon as possible at info@museumofgaming.org.uk with your proposal including an abstract.


Contact Email: info@museumofgaming.org.uk
Website: http://www.museumofgaming.org.uk/research.cfm



CFP Pirates: Lifting the Jolly Roger in History and Popular Culture Collection (3/1/17)

Collection on pirates
https://www.cfplist.com/CFP.aspx?CID=10380

Event: 03/01/2017
Abstract: 03/01/2017

Location: N/a
Organization: American Press


Pirates: Lifting the Jolly Roger in History and Popular Culture
Edited by Antonio Sanna

Since the times of their brutal aggressions to vessels journeying over the seven seas, pirates have firmly captured the imagination of writers, directors and producers all over the world and have elicited an incredible impact over contemporary culture. Pirates have been studied and represented by Daniel Defoe, Walter Scott, Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, but they have also appeared in the works of William Shakespeare, Ann Radcliffe and Lord Byron. Although their fictional representation is very different from the reality of the (either duller or more atrocious) actions that they actually committed, these eighteenth- and nineteenth-century writers have modelled and defined the figure of the maritime outlaws that is still firmly impressed in our minds: expert mariners, bold hunters for treasures who were often obsessed with revenge, vulgar and ruthless predators roaming the coasts and the deep seas of the five continents. Cinema has equally invested in such a figure, from Albert Parker's The Black Pirate (1926), Michael Curtiz's The Black Hawk (1940) and Disney's Treasure Island (1950) to the successful saga Pirates of the Caribbean (2003-2017) – whose most recent instalment will be in cinemas in 2017 – and Shinji Aramaki's Space Pirate Captain Harlock (2013). Nevertheless, the figure of the pirate has not been confined to these media and has freely roamed through theatre, the visual arts, manga, anime, video games and park rides, thus demonstrating its centrality in contemporary popular culture.
This anthology will explore the figure of the pirate from multidisciplinary perspectives. This volume seeks previously-unpublished essays that explore the heterogeneous representations of both historical figures and fictional characters. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the subject. There are indeed several themes worth exploring when analyzing the historical and fictional representation of pirates, utilizing any number of theoretical frameworks of your choosing.

Contributions may include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Historical pirates (in the seven seas)
  • Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literary pirates
  • Twentieth-century and contemporary representations of pirates in literature
  • Manga and anime
  • Pirates in the visual arts and on the stage
  • The Pirates of the Caribbean saga
  • Video games
  • Pirates and philosophy
  • Pirates and sea creatures (including monsters and mermaids)
  • Humour, Black Humour and the Macabre
  • Gender and queer readings
  • Ecocriticism
  • Alienation and misperception, conformity/nonconformity
  • Disfigurement, deformity and (dis)ability
  • Death and the afterlife
  • Adaptations, Remakes and Appropriations
  • Music in films on pirates
  • Fan practice and fan communities

The anthology will be organized into thematic sections around these topics and others that emerge from submissions. We are open to works that focus on other topics as well and authors interested in pursuing other related lines of inquiry. Feel free to contact the editor with any questions you may have about the project and please share this announcement with colleagues whose work aligns with the focus of this volume.
Submit a 300-500 word abstract of your proposed chapter contribution, a brief CV and complete contact information to Dr. Antonio Sanna (isonisanna@hotmail.com) by 1 March 2016. Full chapters of 4000-6000 words would be due by June/July 2017. Note: all full chapters submitted will be included subject to review.


Contact Email: isonisanna@hotmail.com



CFP Theorising the Popular Conference - Liverpool Hope University, 21-22 June 2017 (3/17/17)

Theorising the Popular Conference - Liverpool Hope University, 21-22 June 2017
https://www.cfplist.com/CFP.aspx?CID=10573
Event: 06/21/2017 - 06/22/2017
Abstract: 03/17/2017

Location: Liverpool, UK
Organization: Liverpool Hope University


Theorising the Popular Conference 2017

Liverpool Hope University, June 21st-22nd 2017

The Popular Culture Research Group at Liverpool Hope University is delighted to announce its seventh annual international conference, ‘Theorising the Popular’. Building on the success of previous years, the 2017 conference aims to highlight the intellectual originality, depth and breadth of ‘popular’ disciplines, as well as their academic relationship with and within ‘traditional’ subjects. One of its chief goals will be to generate debate that challenges academic hierarchies and cuts across disciplinary barriers.

The conference invites submissions from a broad range of disciplines, and is particularly interested in new ways of researching ‘popular’ forms of communication and culture. In addition to papers from established and early career academics, we encourage proposals from postgraduate taught and research students.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:


• Film and Television
• Media and Communications
• Politics and Populism
• Literature (Fiction and Non-Fiction)
• Music
• Drama and Performance
• Fan Cultures
• Sport
• Celebrity
• Social Media
• Gender: Feminism/Femininities/Masculinities/Queering/Sexualities/Representations of the Body
• Language/Linguistics



The conference will be held at Liverpool Hope’s main campus, Hope Park. Situated in a pleasant suburb of Liverpool, just four miles from the city centre, Hope Park offers superb facilities in beautiful surroundings.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length. Please send abstracts of 300 words to Dr Jacqui Miller and Dr Joshua Gulam (ttpconference@hope.ac.uk) by March 17th 2017. The abstract should include your name, email address, affiliation, as well as the title of your paper.

Successful abstracts will be notified by April 3rd 2017.

Conference fees: £100 for both days, including lunch and all refreshments (£80 for students and unwaged).


Contact Email: ttpconference@hope.ac.uk

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

CFP Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area (6/1/17; NEPCA Amherst, MA 10/27-28/17)

SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS
TENTH-ANNIVERSARY SESSIONS OF THE
FANTASTIC (FANTASY, HORROR, AND SCIENCE FICTION) AREA

Visit us at NEPCA Fantastic: https://nepcafantastic.blogspot.com

2017 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts
27 and 28 October 2017
Proposals by 1 June 2017

Michael A. Torregrossa
Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area Chair
cfp.NEPCAFantastic@gmail.com

Formed in 2008, the Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2017, and we seek proposals from scholars of all levels for papers that explore any aspect of the intermedia traditions of the fantastic (including, but not limited to, elements of fairy tale, fantasy, gothic, horror, legend, mythology, and science fiction) and how creative artists have altered our preconceptions of these subtraditions by producing innovative works in diverse countries, media, and time periods and for audiences at all levels. Details on previous offerings can be found on our website at https://nepcafantastic.blogspot.com.


Special topics:

  • Given the proximity of the conference to Halloween, we are always interested in proposals related to monsters and the monstrous. 

  • Furthermore, in anticipation of the two hundredth anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 2018, we are especially hoping for proposals that address aspects of the Frankenstein tradition and the fantastic. Be on the lookout for a separate call for our 2017 Frankenstein-themed sessions on "Frankenstein: Friend or Foe?". 


Please see our website NEPCA Fantastic (https://nepcafantastic.blogspot.com) for further details and ideas. Presentations will be limited to 15-20 minutes in length (depending on final panel size).

If you are interested in proposing a paper, please address inquiries and send your biography and paper abstract (each of 250 words) to the Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area Chair at cfp.nepcafantastic@gmail.com, noting “NEPCA Fantastic Proposal 2017” in your subject line. Do also submit your information into NEPCA’s official Paper Proposal Form accessible from https://nepca.blog/2017-conference/. Be sure to select "Fantastic" as your designated area.

Please submit inquiries and/or proposals for complete panels directly to the Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area Chair at cfp.nepcafantastic@gmail.com.


The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (a.k.a. NEPCA) was founded in 1974 as a professional organization for scholars living in New England and New York. It is a community of scholars interested in advancing research and promoting interest in the disciplines of popular and/or American culture. NEPCA’s membership consists of university and college faculty members, emeriti faculty, secondary school teachers, museum specialists, graduate students, independent scholars, and interested members of the general public. NEPCA is an independently funded affiliate of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. Membership is open to all interested parties, regardless of profession, rank, or residency. NEPCA holds an annual conference that invites scholars from around the globe to participate. In an effort to keep costs low, it meets on college campuses throughout the region.

Membership in NEPCA is required for participation and annual dues are included in conference registration fees. Further details are available at https://nepca.blog/membership-information/.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Frankenstein and the Fantastic Site

The Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area is pleased to announce the launch of its new outreach effort, Frankenstein and the Fantastic. The new blog can be accessed at http://frankensteinandthefantastic.blogspot.com/.


Michael Torregrossa
Area Chair

Monday, November 14, 2016

More on Planet of the Apes

Another fascinating new book on the franchise, covering all aspects of the series from 1968's Planet of the Apes to 2014's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes:

Planet of the Apes: The Evolution of the Legend
A celebration of all the classic and new movies, TV & merchandise
http://titanbooks.com/planet-of-the-apes-the-evolution-of-the-legend-a-celebration-of-all-the-classic-and-new-movies-tv-merchandise-7579/

By Joe Fordham and Jeff Bond.
With a foreword by John Landis.
RRP $39.95.


Synopsis

Planet of the Apes: The Evolution of the Legend is the first exhaustive account of the groundbreaking series, featuring production art, costume designs, makeup tests, posters, and interviews with key crew members.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781783291984
Dimensions: 9 x 12’’
Hardback: 256pp
Publication date: October 14 2014
Illustration detail: Colour photos throughout

Friday, November 4, 2016

NEPCA Fantastic 2017

NEPCA meets next October on the campus of UMass Amherst from 27 to 28 October. A call for papers for our tenth-anniversary sessions will be posted soon.

As always, we are looking for papers that explore the fantastic in all its various forms as well as monster-specific papers in celebration of Halloween. The area also looks to commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of Mary Shelley's completion of Frankenstein with a set of panels devoted to the theme of "Friendly Frankensteins" exploring the reception of the Frankenstein story in youth culture.

Michael Torregrossa
Area Chair

Voltron on CD!

Released in 2012, World Event Productions and Amazon.com offer an exclusive CD featuring music from the classic animated series Voltron: Defender of the Universe. The CD (available as a traditional disc and for digital download from Amazon) is a fun way to revisit the series, but the pieces are a bit of mixed bag, and full album is probably best for completists. There are tracks that feature the opening and closing of the series, which might be expected, plus the narration for the combining of the lion-bots to form Voltron, but the producers also include more eclectic choices, such as the leads into and out of commercial breaks and a dance remix of the score.

The complete track listing follows:

  1. Voltron Opener (Narration)
  2. Descent
  3. Mystical
  4. Alien Landscape
  5. A Witch
  6. Gladiator Fight
  7. Arrival
  8. Sneaking
  9. Bad Guys
  10. Royal Subjects
  11. Dangerous
  12. Bumper #1
  13. Voltron Will Be Back...
  14. And Now Back to Voltron...
  15. Quick Harp
  16. Majestic
  17. Castle of Lions
  18. Sad Princess
  19. Our Prayers Answered (Dialogue)
  20. At the Lake
  21. Hunk and Pidge
  22. Rushing
  23. The Cave
  24. Bumper #2
  25. Sand People
  26. Captured
  27. A Spy
  28. Voltron Arrives
  29. We Are Friends
  30. Defeat
  31. Quick Harp #2
  32. It's Me
  33. King Alfor
  34. Tension
  35. Underground Base
  36. Montage
  37. Bumper #3
  38. Voltron Will Be Back (Instrumental)
  39. Ready to Form Voltron (Dialogue)
  40. Voltron Closer
  41. Original Opener
  42. Original Opener W/ Sing Out
  43. Original Closer
  44. Form Voltron Sound Fx
  45. Voltage Sfx
  46. Voltage Bump
  47. Voltron DJ MacMan Dance Remix
  48. All Music Compilation
  49. Music of Voltron Montage

Thursday, October 20, 2016

NEPCA Fantastic at NEPCA 2016 Conference



NEPCA FANTASTIC 2016 SESSIONS
KEENE STATE UNIVERSITY, KEENE, NH

FRIDAY, 21 OCTOBER, SESSION I: 1:30-3 PM
Panel 3 - Fantastic #1: Women and Fantastic Fiction
Presider: Kristine Larsen (Central Connecticut State University)

The Lavender Menace: The Horror of 1980s Lesbian Feminism in Tony Scott’s The Hunger
William A. Tringali (Independent Scholar)

Our first presenter is William A. Tringali. William is a recent graduate of Bridgewater State University, and he is currently working for a cultural/historical nonprofit in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Manic Pixie Green Girl: On the Problem of the Green-Skinned Space Babe
Elizabeth Nielsen (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Our second presenter is Elizabeth J Nielsen, who makes her second appearance in our area this afternoon. Elizabeth is a PhD student in Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received her MFA from New Mexico State University in 2010 and her BFA from the Ohio State University in 2005. Her research interests broadly focus on popular media, with a special focus on monsters and the monstrous, gender studies, and fan studies, as well as the frequent intersections between these areas. Elizabeth’s recent and upcoming publications include two book chapters, “Wearing the Woman in White: The Doomed Lives and Afterlives of Supernatural’s Women” in The Gothic Tradition in Supernatural: Essays on the Television Series and “A Bloody Big Ship: Queering James Bond and the Rise of 00Q” in Fan Phenomena: James Bond, and the article “Dear Researcher: Rethinking Engagement with Fan Authors” in the Journal of Fandom Studies vol. 4.3. Elizabeth is also co-editing a collection of essays on NBC’s Hannibal as well as guest editing an upcoming special edition of the Journal of Fandom Studies on virtual and physical fan spaces.Her most recent conference presentations have dealt with the figure of the Wendigo in popular culture as well as on the use of meta-text in the relationship between Holmes and Moriarty in BBC’s Sherlock.

Chinese Fantasy and Women: When Immortals Tell About Life
Jonathan Truffert (University of Geneva)

Our third presenter is Jonathan Truffert. Jonathan was born in France in 1985 and has spent most of his life in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. In 2013 he obtained a Master degree in Chinese Studies at the University of Geneva. Long stays in China, as well as language-related jobs during and after his studies (tour guide at the UN, translator, check-in agent, etc.), helped him maintain a very good level of the Chinese language, and in 2014 he accepted a position as a research assistant in a project on “Popular Literature in contemporary China”. Beside this main job, he works on his own translation projects, and occasionally does the extra at the opera, the perfect side job to pass from a sitting to a standing position.

The Treatment of Women Shown through Witches in Pop Culture
Hillary Di Menna (Independent Scholar)

Our final presenter is Hillary Di Menna. Hillary began her work as a journalist hoping to eliminate apathy within her communities. She has profiled those fighting for social justice and investigated shady practices in big business. Hillary tries to stay active within her community and is currently running the Feminist Internet Resource Exchange (FIRE). Hillary also acts as a guest speaker for Durham Rape Crisis Centre's training classes. In addition, she maintains her own blog, Misfit Matriarch, and is entering her final year of the Women and Gender Studies program at York University. Hillary writes regularly for This Magazine, most notably with her feminist blog Gender Block. Calling Toronto home, Hillary shares a cat-centric apartment with her eight-year-old-daughter and three black cats.




FRIDAY, 21 OCTOBER, SESSION II: 3:15-4:45 PM
Panel 10 - Fantastic #2: Dangerous Fantasy
Presider: Amie Doughty (SUNY Oneonta)

Psychological Trauma in Curse of Strahd (2016)
Shelly Jones (SUNY Delhi)

Our first presenter is Shelly Jones. Shelly has a PhD in Comparative Literature from SUNY Binghamton. She studies ancient Greek tragedy and mythology and is an avid board gamer and D&D player. 

Nazi Zombies: B-Movies and a Metaphor for Horror
Mia Martini (University of Oklahoma)

Our next presenter is Mia Martini. Mia earned her doctorate at Purdue University and currently works as a lecturer in the First Year Writing Program at the University of Oklahoma. Her research interests include the American novel, narrative theory, trauma, and war narratives. 

Angels and Demons: Physiological and Psychological Vivisection in the World of SyFy’s Dominion (2014-15)
Kristine Larsen (Central Connecticut State University)

Our third presenter, Kristine Larsen is an eight veteran of our area. Kristine is Professor of Astronomy at CCSU where her teaching and scholarship focus on the intersections between science and society. She is the author of Stephen Hawking: A Biography and Cosmology 101 and co-editor of The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who and The Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman and has presented and published on depictions of science and scientists in such varied sources as the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, George R.R. Martin. J.K. Rowling, Phillip Pullman, Robert Heinlein, and Andrzej Sapkowski, and the tv series Lost, The Walking Dead, and Land of the Lost. She was the recipient of the 2014 Ralph Donald Award for Outstanding Conference Paper (Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture/American Culture Association)  for “Monsters Inside Me: Zombification as Parasitism.”

Knowledge, Form and Function: Checking Out the Posthuman Condition in Gene Wolfe’s A Borrowed Man (2015)
Nova M. Seals (Salve Regina University)

Our final presenter is Nova Seals. Nova is a Ph.D. student in Humanities at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. She is also the Director of the Library and Archives at St. George’s School, an independent preparatory school in Middletown, Rhode Island. Her academic and research interests are philosophy, technology and aesthetics. Nova is particularly interested in how groups use technology, especially social media, to transform knowledge.



FRIDAY, 21 OCTOBER, SESSION III: 5:00-6:30 PM
Panel 16 - Fantastic #3: I Am the Master of My Fate (Right)? Searching for Morality and Reality in the Postmodern Age [organized by Kelly Kane]
Presider: Amie Doughty (SUNY Oneonta)

Coming of Age in the Age of Uncertainty: Moral Relativism in Animorphs
Catharine Kane (Independent Scholar)

Our first presenter is Catharine Kane. Catharine is presently an independent scholar. She recently graduated with a MA and MFA in Children's Literature from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. Her primary area of focus is middle grade fiction, especially fantasy/scifi series that deal with identity formation, trauma, and war narratives. When not filling out PhD applications, she can be found eating buffalo wings while cheering on the New York Giants.

White Rabbits, Blue Pills, and Vanilla Skies: In “Psy Fi,” the Final Frontier is the Human Mind
Kelly Kane (Iowa State University)

Our second presenter is Kelly Kane. Kelly is a social cognition graduate student researching the ways that readers' attitudes and beliefs respond to the process of becoming immersed in, or transported by, fictional narratives.  She has a B.A. in Creative Writing and Psychology from Ithaca College, and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at Iowa State University.

I'm Not Calling You a Liar: Unreliable Narration and Complicated Canon in Dragon Age II
Charlotte Reber (Independent Scholar)

Our final presenter is Charlotte Reber. Charlotte is also an independent scholar. She recently graduated this past May from Simmons College's school of Library & Information Science. Her interests are in creative writing and children's literature.



SATURDAY, 22 OCTOBER, SESSION IV: 8:45-10:15 AM
Panel 23 - Fantastic #4: Frankenstein and the Fantastic I--Shelley’s Frankenstein
Presider:  Kathleen Healey (Worcester State University)

“And What Was I?” The Power of Aesthetic Perception in Shelley’s Frankenstein
Jobin Daniel Davis (University of Central Missouri) [WITHDRAWN]

There is No Monster: Monstrous Imitation in Frankenstein
Saraliza Anzaldua (Independent Scholar)

Our next presenter is Saraliza Anzaldua. A second-time presenter in our area, Saraliza studies teratology (the study of monsters and the monstrous) and recently graduated from National Taiwan University with an M.A. in English Literature. She has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Texas and studied Philosophy at Harvard University for a year as a visiting graduate student. At last year’s NEPCA conference, she presented a paper on contemporary monster erotica as a method of sexual displacement for readers uneasy fantasizing about men. This year, she contributes another teratological paper. This one argues that there is no monster in Frankenstein, and Shelley did not intend to write a novel about one. Instead, she offered a critique of her own monstrous society.

Social Revolution’s Terrible Price:  Mary Shelley’s Failed Pastoral World in Frankenstein
Sharon R Yang (Worcester State University)

Our final presenter is Sharon Yang. Sharon is a longtime supporter of our area and presents her second paper for us today. She is a Full Professor in the English Department at Worcester State University and teaches courses in Renaissance literature, nineteenth-century British literature (including the Gothic), and Film and Literature.  Sharon has published and presented in these fields, including her book Goddesses, Mages, and Wise Women:  The Female Pastoral Guide in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century English Drama (2011) and her collection The X-Files and Literature: Unweaving the Story, Unraveling the Lie to Find the Truth (2007).  She has most recently edited a collection of essays with Dr. Kathleen Healey called Gothic Landscapes:  Changing Eras, Changing Cultures, Changing Anxieties due out next month.




SATURDAY, 22 OCTOBER, SESSION V: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Panel 28 - Fantastic #5: Frankenstein and the Fantastic II--Rebuilding Frankenstein
Presider: Jesse Weiner (Hamilton College)

Frankenstein and Epigenetics—The Future of Paradise
Gloria Monaghan (Wentworth Institute of Technology)

Our first presenter is Gloria Monaghan. Gloria is a Professor of Humanities at Wentworth Institute in Boston. Her research focuses on cyborgs, gender identity and masculinity, and she is working a book about the spectrum of masculinity. Gloria is also a creative writer.
Her first poetry chapbook, Flawed, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012.  Her second book The Garden (Flutter Press, 2015) was recently published.  Her poetry has appeared in Slope, Spoonful, and Aries, Blue Max Review and 2River. Her fiction has appeared in Ezine and Tracks, and she is also working on a collection of short stories.

Franken-faeries, or the Conflation of Creator and Created in the October Daye and Merry Gentry Series
Amie A. Doughty (SUNY Oneonta)

Our second presenter today is Amie A. Doughty. A five-time presenter in our area, Amie is an Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department at SUNY Oneonta, where she teaches courses in linguistics, children’s literature, fantasy, science fiction, mythology, and folk literature. She is the area chair of the Children’s Literature and Culture area of Popular Culture Association and the author of the books Folktales Retold: A Critical Overview of Stories Updated for Children (2006) and “Throw the book away”: Reading versus Experience in Children’s Fantasy (2013).

Clockwork Resurrection:  Steampunk and Frankenstein in Mackenzi Lee’s This Monstrous Thing (2015)
Kathleen  Healey (Worcester State University)

Our final presenter is Kathleen Healey. Kathleen made her first appearance in our area last year, and we are glad to welcome her back this year. Kathleen is a Visiting Professor at Worcester State University.  She is co-editor with Sharon Healy-Yang of a book entitled Gothic Landscapes: Changing Eras, Changing Cultures, Changing Anxieties to be published by Palgrave in October 2016.  This edition includes an essay she has written entitled "Dark Shadows in the Promised Land: Landscapes of Terror and the Visual Arts in Charles Brockden Brown's Edgar Huntly."  Her teaching and research  interests include Gothic Literature, Science Fiction, American Literature, and Literature and the Environment.



SATURDAY, 22 OCTOBER, SESSION VI: 1:45-3:15 PM
Panel 35 - Fantastic #6: Frankenstein and the Fantastic III--Frankenstein on Screen
Presider: Martin F. Norden (University of Massachusetts Amherst)


Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, and The Hollywood Production Code
Joseph Sgammato (SUNY/Westchester Community College)

Our first presenter this afternoon is Joseph Sgammato. Joseph makes his second appearance in our area this year. He is a writer and teacher.  After earning an M.A. in English from Fordham University, he studied film at New York University and Columbia University, receiving an M.F.A. in Film Studies from the latter. He is also a Fellow of the CUNY Writers’ Institute in New York City. He has written about film, literature, art, and medicine. His work has appeared in Sight and Sound, The Wordsworth Circle, The College Language Association Journal, Patient Care, and other periodicals. He was a contributor to the essay collection The Book of Firsts published by Anchor Books in 2010 (new edition Spring 2016.)  He teaches in both the English Department and the Film Department at Westchester Community College, a division of the State University of New York, in Valhalla, New York. He lives in Norwalk, Connecticut.

From Frankenstein’s Monster to Ultron: Man’s Unbridled Ambition Gone Awry
Cheryl A. Hunter (University of Massachusetts Lowell)

Our next presenter is Cheryl A. Hunter. Like Joseph, Cheryl is now a two-timer presenter in our area, having also made her debut appearance last year. Cheryl attended the University of New Hampshire Manchester and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Humanities and a minor in English. She has extensive coursework in Philosophy, Literature, and Classics. She received her Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from the University of New Hampshire Durham with a concentration in Philosophy and Literature and has since completed 18 graduate hours beyond the Master’s degree since graduation. Cheryl’s Philosophy focus includes Greek and Roman Philosophies, Enlightenment, and Transcendental Philosophy; she was a National Endowment of the Humanities Fellow at a weeklong workshop on Henry David Thoreau in Concord, Massachusetts in 2010. Cheryl is also the author of Myths and Archetypes in The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, which was published in February 2011 by Lambert Academic Publishers. This book looks at the roles of Philosophy and Mythology in modern literature and what important lessons about the human condition are conveyed to the audience through the hero and journey archetypes used in The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Cheryl is currently an adjunct professor at UMASS Lowell and Southern NH University. She teaches in a variety of formats (including 100% online, hybrid, and traditional classroom) and a diverse group of courses (including English Composition,  Introduction to Philosophy, Humanities I – Ancient Culture to Renaissance, Humanities – Heroes, Humanities – Mediterranean Culture, Ethics, Critical Thinking, and Communications).

Frankenfilm: Bill Morrison’s Spark of Being (2010)
Jesse Weiner (Hamilton College)

Our final presenter today is Jesse Weiner. Jesse is Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. He publishes broadly in Greek and Latin literature and its reception in modernity, and his work has appeared in Classical Receptions Journal, International Journal of the Classical Tradition, Law, Culture and the Humanities, The Atlantic, and several other journals and edited volumes. Jesse’s work in classical reception studies has a particular emphasis on science fiction and fantasy. This work includes studies of Homer and Kurt Vonnegut, epic poetry and the aesthetics of high fantasy, and archaeology and the fantastic in Wilhem Jensen’s Gradiva: A Pompeiian Fantasy. Jesse is also developing a monograph on classical traditions in science fiction, centered on moral ambiguities created in the wake of speculative science. In Frankenstein studies, Jesse is the author of “Lucretius, Lucan, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” (in Rogers and Stevens, Classical Traditions in Science Fiction, OUP, 2015) and he is presently editing a volume of essays, entitled The Modern Prometheus; or, Frankenstein, which is dedicated entirely to Frankenstein and classical traditions. In April 2016, Jesse organized and hosted an international conference dedicated to Frankenstein and the classics, timed to celebrate the bicentennial of the “Year without a Summer” and the ghost story challenge among the British Romantics that precipitated Frankenstein’s conception. In public humanities, Jesse has worked as a National Program Scholar with Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives, an outreach program based in New York with NYU and the Aquila Theater. Jesse is the 2013 recipient of the Women’s Classical Caucus Prize for Best Paper (Post-Ph.D.) in Women’s or Gender Studies in Antiquity.



SATURDAY, 22 OCTOBER, SESSION VII: 3:30-5 PM
Panel 44 - Fantastic #7: More Monsters
Presider: Shelly Jones (SUNY Delhi)


The Folly of Faithlessness in Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)
Martin F. Norden (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

Our first presenter today is Martin F. Norden. Returning to our area for a second time this year, Martin teaches film history and screenwriting as a Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has published more than one hundred books, book chapters, journal articles, encyclopedia essays, and reviews, almost all of which have been about film. At last year’s NEPCA conference in New London, NH, he presented a paper on the classic 1930s horror film, Bride of Frankenstein.

Gender Monsters: Angels, Demons, and Fans in the CW’s Supernatural
Megan Genovese (University of Pennsylvania)

Our next presenter is Megan Genovese. Megan is a second-year PhD student at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated summa cum laude from Baylor University, where she was in the University Scholars interdisciplinary program and pursued concentrations in media and culture studies. Her research interests include superhero narratives and fan works.

Winchester Abbey: Poking Fun at the Gothic Tradition in the CW’s Supernatural
Nan King (Eastern Connecticut State University)

Our third presenter is Nan King. Nan is a part-time instructor in the Women’s & Gender Studies and English Departments at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic. She earned her BA in English with a minor in Women’s Studies from ECSU and her MA in English Literature with a focus on contemporary women writers from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her current research interests include contemporary perceptions of women and gender, fan studies, and gender in science fiction and fantasy. Nan’s article “Fan Appreciation No 4: CousinCecily and Winter, Bond Crossplayers” appears in the collection Fan Phenomena: James Bond. Her recent conference subjects have been gender in fandom, James Bond, and Sherlock Holmes.

Did the Aliens Do It? The Disappearance of Franklin Expedition and Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Donald Vescio (Worcester State University)

Our last speaker for both this panel and the conference is Donald Vescio. With today’s talk, Don becomes a two-time presenter in the area. He is a faculty member of Worcester State University’s Department of English.  After serving ten years as Worcester State’s Chief Information Office/Vice President of Information Technologies and two years as Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing, Don now focuses his energies on teaching undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of disciplines.  His research interests are in critical theory, narratological analysis, and information design.  


Thank you again for your attendance at today’s session of the Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area. Should you like to join us next year at UMass Amherst, contact the area chair, Michael Torregrossa, at nepcafantastic@gmail.com.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Imagining the Future - Panelist Needed

I am looking for a third (and possibly fourth) presenter to fill a slot on a panel devoted to the theme of "Imagining the Future" in fantastic (fantasy, horror, and science fiction) narratives for the meeting of the Northeast Popular Culture/America Culture Association this coming October. The session meets in the afternoon of Friday, October 21, at Keene State University in Keene, NH.

Please send abstract and bio to NEPCAfantastic@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Michael Torregrossa
Area Chair, The Fantastic

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Finding Neverland

Based on the feature film, Finding Neverland (http://findingneverlandthemusical.com/) tells the story of J. M. Barrie and his writing of the play Peter Pan. The thrust of the musical is about the power of the imagination. The songs are infectious and highly memorable (and there is even a King Arthur reference).


Friday, August 12, 2016

CFP Damsels in Redress: Women in Contemporary Fairy-Tale Reimaginings Conference (11/1/2016; Belfast 4/7-8/2017)

One more post for the night:

CfP: Damsels in Redress: Women in Contemporary Fairy-Tale Reimaginings, Queen’s University Belfast

http://www.fantastic-arts.org/2016/cfp-damsels-in-redress-women-in-contemporary-fairy-tale-reimaginings-queens-university-belfast/

Call for papers for a conference at Queen’s University Belfast:
Damsels in Redress: Women in Contemporary Fairy-Tale Reimaginings

Dates: Friday 7th April and Saturday 8th April 2017
Keynote Speakers: Professor Diane Purkiss (University of Oxford); Dr Amy Davis (University of Hull)

With the ever-growing profusion of fairy-tale reimaginings across literature, film, television, theatre, and other artistic forms, a continuing concern among critics today is the portrayal of women. How do these reimaginings represent women’s roles? To what extent do they redress portrayals that have been considered problematic from a feminist standpoint in traditional tales? To what extent do they perpetuate those portrayals? What constitutes a feminist reimagining? How have the fairy-tale heroine, the witch, the (step)mother, the (step)sister, and the fairy godmother evolved since the dawn of second-wave feminism?

This conference aims to foster interdisciplinary scholarship by bringing together a range of ideas about the representation of women in contemporary reimaginings of traditional fairy tales, such as those from the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. We welcome proposals that explore this representation from a variety of perspectives and fields of study, including but not limited to literature, film, television, theatre, gender, feminist, and queer studies. We also welcome creative exploration on the theme of the fairy tale and how this theme can be interpreted with regard to women.

Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • Feminist revision
  • Subversive female characters
  • The witch figure
  • Women in Disney adaptations
  • Physical depictions of women
  • Mother/daughter relationships
  • Sexuality and gender
  • LGBTQI relations
  • Marriage and Prince Charming
  • Voice and agency

Please submit a title and an abstract of no more than 250 words, and a bionote of up to 50 words, to damselsinredress2017@gmail.com by 1st November 2016.

The Facebook event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/949101051853840/.