Friday, November 30, 2012

Essential Supernatural Out Now

Insight Editions has recently released the following:

Knight, Nicholas, and Christopher Cerasi. The Essential Supernatural: On the Road with Sam and Dean Winchester. Foreword Eric Kripke. San Rafael, CA: Insight Editions, 2012. Print. 978-1-60887-145-2

Profusely illustrated, this over-sized book serves as both a guide to and celebration of the first seven seasons of the Supernatural television series. The book includes a wealth of photographs from the show, commentary by the cast and crew, and a variety of extras for the fans. The book concludes with predictions for the upcoming season eight and a short episode guide devoted to seasons one through seven.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Little Mermaid News

Disney has released the following advertisement for an upcoming release of The Little Mermaid (1989), the film that ushered in the Disney Renaissance:

Peter Pan Diamond Edition

Disney has announced as February 2013 release of a new edition of the classic film Peter Pan. It will be available to own on Blu-ray. No word yet on the extras, but the following trailer is now featured on Disney's various websites:

JPC for August 2012

I seem to have missed posting this over the summer:

The Journal of Popular Culture (access at Wiley Online Library)
Volume 45, Number 4
August 2012
Pages 685–920

Editorial: Something Wonderful This Way Came (pages 685–686)

Gary Hoppenstand

Guest Editorial
Deep Culture (pages 687–694)
Margaret J. King


Going Places: The Pleasures of Production and Imperial Visual Cultures in the Stratemeyer Syndicate's The Moving Picture Boys (pages 695–711)
Stephen M. Charbonneau

Chuck Versus the Machine: The Intersection of Biology, Technology, and Identity on Chuck (pages 712–726)
Joseph J. Darowski

“I Was Just Doing a Little Joke There”: Irony and the Paradoxes of the Sitcom in The Office (pages 727–748)
Eric Detweiler

Resistive Radio: African Americans’ Evolving Portrayal and Participation from Broadcasting to Narrowcasting (pages 749–768)
Judy L. Isaksen

Like Sportive Birds: The Girl Aviators Series and the Culture of Flight in America, 1911–12 (pages 769–788)
Lisa M. Stepanski

Transnational Transformations: A Gender Analysis of Japanese Manga Featuring Unexpected Bodily Transformations (pages 789–806)
June M. Madeley

Light for Light's Sake: Thomas Kinkade and the Meaning of Style (pages 807–827)
Julia Mason

“Say, Who Are You Anyway?”: Clowns, Childhood, and Madness in The Character of Harpo Marx (pages 828–845)
Richard Niland

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: The Web of Racial, Class, and Gender Constructions in late 1960s America (pages 846–861)
Anne Gray Perrin

Haunted Infocosms and Prosthetic Gods: Gibsonian Cyberspace and Renaissance Arts of Memory (pages 862–882)
Joel Elliot Slotkin

The Coexistence of Folk and Popular Culture as Vehicles of Social and Historical Activism: Transformation of the Bumba-meu-boi in Northeast Brazil (pages 883–901)
Meredith W. Watts and Simone Linhares Ferro

Book Reviews

Indie: An American Film Culture. Michael Z. Newman. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011. 296 pp. $26.50 paperback. (pages 902–905)
Michael Civille

Cameras into the Wild: A History of Early Wildlife and Expedition Filmmaking, 1895–1928. Palle Petterson. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011. 236 pp. $45.00 paperback. (pages 905–908)
John M. Kinder

Reel Power: Hollywood Cinema and American Supremacy. Matthew Alford. London: Pluto Press, 2010. 224 pp. $25.00 paperback. (pages 908–910)
Irene Garza

Haunted Ground: Journeys through a Paranormal America. Darryl V. Caterine. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2011. 199 pp. $34.95 cloth. (pages 910–912)
Christopher Blythe

Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights. Robin Bernstein. New York: New York University Press, 2011. 318 pp. $22.80 paperback. (pages 913–915)
Meredith A. Bak

Football/Soccer: History and Tactics. Jaime Orejan. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011. 256 pp. $34.95 paperback. (pages 915–917)
Yuya Kiuchi

Affirmative Reaction: New Formations of White Masculinity. Hamilton Carroll. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010. 221 pp. $21.80 paperback. (pages 917–920)
Shelleen Greene

Modern Monsters on Film

Another set of trailers for new and upcoming films:

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Croods?

Here's another upcoming film:

Upcoming Fantasy Films

The blog is in need of much updating (especially a post on NEPCA last month), but, in the meantime, I've been intrigued by some of the latest trailers featuring innovative takes on fictional and legendary heroes:

Monday, November 5, 2012

Return to Middle-earth with Brian Sibley

In anticipation of the release next month of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has released Brian Sibley's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Official Movie Guide. As with Sibley's earlier volumes on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the book offers an extensively well-illustrated look at the making of the film and includes much commentary from the cast and crew. Details as follows:

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide 
By Brian Sibley
Publication Date:2012-11-06
Price: $14.95
Format: Trade Paper, 192 pages
Trim Size: 8 5/8 x 11 1/4
Also available as: Fixed Layout E-Book

ISBN-13/ EAN:9780547898551

Book Description

Enter Bilbo Baggins’ world through exclusive interviews with director Peter Jackson, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and all the principal cast and filmmakers, who share film-making secrets and tales of what it was actually like making movie magic in Middle-earth.

Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos of the actors, locations, sets, creatures and costumes, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide has been produced in collaboration with the filmmakers who have brought J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel into breathtaking three-dimensional life.

Mythlore Fall/Winter 2012

The latest number of Mythlore is available for purchase from The Mythopoeic Society. Contents as follows:

Mythlore 119/120
Volume 31, Issue 1/2
2012 Fall/Winter
204 pages

Table of Contents

—Janet Brennan Croft

Yggdrasil and the Stave Church
—G. Ronald Murphy, S.J.

The Inklings Remembered: A Conversation with Colin Havard
—Justin T. Noetzel and Matthew R. Bardowell

The Steward, The King, and the Queen: Fealty and Love in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and in Sir Orfeo
—Sue Bridgwater

Charles Williams’s Anti-Modernist Descent into Hell
—Lydia R. Browning

The Wondrous Orientalism of Lord Dunsany: Traditional and Non-traditional Orientalist Narratives in The Book of Wonder and Tales of Wonder
—Alyssa House-Thomas

Reciprocal Colonization in the Irish Fairy Tales of Lord Dunsany
—Erin L. Sheley

Changing the Story: Transformations of Myth in Yeats’s Poem “Cuchulain’s Fight with the Sea”
—Roxanne Bodsworth

Grief Poignant as Joy: Dyscatastrophe and Eucatastrophe in A Song of Fire and Ice
—Susan Johnston


Burdge, Anthony S., Jessica Burke, and Kristine Larsen, eds. The Mythological Dimensions of Neil Gaiman. (Reviewed by Birns, N.)

Fastitocalon: Studies in Fantasticism Ancient to Modern. #2.1&2 (2011). (Reviewed by Croft, J.B.)
Frankel, Valerie Estelle. Buffy and the Heroine’s Journey: Vampire Slayer as Feminine Chosen One. (Reviewed by Croft, J.B.)

Hiley, Margaret. The Loss and the Silence: Aspects of Modernism in the Works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. (Reviewed by Ordway, H.)

Honegger, Thomas, ed. Tolkien in Translation. (Reviewed by Sims, H.J.)

Honegger, Thomas, ed. Translating Tolkien: Text and Film. (Reviewed by Brown, S.)

Jennbert, Kristina. Animals and Humans: Recurrent Symbiosis in Archaeology and Old Norse Religion. (Reviewed by Auger, E.E.)

Mallorn: The Journal of the Tolkien Society. #53 (Spring 2012). (Reviewed by Croft, J.B.)

North Wind: A Journal of George MacDonald Studies. #30 (2011). (Reviewed by Croft, J.B.)

Reno, Frank D. Arthurian Figures of History and Legend: A Biographical Dictionary. (Reviewed by Williams, D.T.)

Sandner, David. Critical Discourses on the Fantastic, 1712-1831. (Reviewed by Young, J.)

Stirling, Kirsten. Peter Pan’s Shadows in the Literary Imagination. (Reviewed by Wiggins, K.M.)

Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review. #9 (2012). (Reviewed by Croft, J.B.)

Trout, Paul A. Deadly Powers: Animal Predators and the Mythic Imagination. (Reviewed by Walker, L.)

Wolfe, Judith and B.N. Wolfe, eds. C.S. Lewis and the Church: Essays in Honour of Walter Hooper. (Reviewed by Christopher, J.R.)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Monsters at Williams-Sonoma

Described as depicting Frankenstein's Monster, Spooky Jack-o'-Lantern, and Black Cat, the following items labelled "Personalized Halloween Totes" were featured as catalog/Internet exclusives in the September 2012 edition of the Williams-Sonoma catalog. They are now unavailable but were said to be both hand-made and imported. The items sold for $19.99 each.

The Frankenstein's Monster is especially interesting as he is depicted as both green and scarred (two elements of iconography from the Karloffian model) but is missing the usual set of neck bolts. He is also very cute for a "monster".

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Journal of Popular Culture October 2012

The latest number 45.5 of The Journal of Popular Culture is now available in print and online at the Wiley Online Library. Contents as follows:

Editorial: Adaptation and Disappointment (pages 921–922)
Gary Hoppenstand

“Incloseto Putbacko”: Queerness in Adolescent Fantasy Fiction (pages 923–942)
Anne Balay

Behind the Behind the Scenes of Disney World: Meeting the Need for Insider Knowledge (pages 943–959)
Mathew J. Bartkowiak

“People of Colors”: Multiethnic Humor in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle and Weeds (pages 960–978)
David Gillota

Performing the Imperial Abject: The Ethics of Cocaine in Arthur Conan Doyle's The Sign of Four (pages 979–999)
Benjamin D. O'Dell

“When the Life Giver Dies, All Around Is Laid Waste.” Structural Trauma and the Splitting of Time in Signal to Noise, a Graphic Novel (pages 1000–1019)
Andrés Romero-Jódar

Gay Characters in the Margins: Gender-Based Stereotypes in Subtitled French Film (pages 1020–1040)
Sheila Turek

Remembering Why We Once Feared the Dark: Reclaiming Humanity Through Fantasy in Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy II (pages 1041–1059)
Tony M. Vinci

Feminism and Early Twenty-First Century Harlequin Mills & Boon Romances (pages 1060–1089)
Laura Vivanco

The Killer Angels, Popular Memory, and the Battle of Gettysburg Sesquicentennial (pages 1090–1108)
Nicholas White

Book Reviews
Doing Time in the Depression: Everyday Life in Texas and California Prisons. Ed. Ethan Blue. New York: New York University Press, 2012. (pages 1109–1113)
Laura Hapke

That's the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader. Eds. Murray Forman and Mark Anthony Neal. Second Edition. New York: Routledge, 2012. 760 pp. $47.00 paperback. (pages 1113–1116)
Shanesha R. F. Brooks-Tatum

Virtual Orientalism: Asian Religions and American Popular Culture. Jane Iwamura. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. 232 pp. $24.95 paperback. (pages 1116–1118)
Kate Netzler Burch

Cinema and Experience: Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor W Adorno. Miriam Hansen. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012. 408 pp. $79 cloth; $29.90 paperback. (pages 1118–1122)
Dora Valkanova

The Jukebox in the Garden: Ecocriticism and American Popular Music Since 1960. Ingram David. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2010. 278 pp. $79.44 paperback. (pages 1122–1123)
Stephen Rust

Digital Detroit: Rhetoric and Space in the Age of the Network. Rice Jeff. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2012. 264 pp. $39.95 paperback. (pages 1123–1126)
Nicholas Porter

The Galaxy is Rated G: Essays on Children's Science Fiction Film and Television. Eds. R. C. Neighbors and Sandy Rankin. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011. 292 pp. $40.00 paperback. (pages 1126–1128)
Rachel E. Page

Dark Directions: Romero, Craven, Carpenter and the Modern Horror Film. Ed. Kendall R. Phillips. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2012. 256 pp. $30.00 paperback. (pages 1128–1131)
Daniel R. Mistich

The Films of James Cameron: Critical Essays. Eds. Matthew Kapell and Stephen McVeigh. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011. 239 pp. $40.00 paperback. (pages 1131–1133)
Shannon McRae

Announcement: The William Brigman JPC Award (page 1134)

Journal of American Culture September 2012

The latest number 35.3 of The Journal of American Culture is now available in print and online at the Wiley Online Library. Contents as follows:

Capturing the American Past: The Cowboy Song and the Archive (pages 207–218)
Michael Slowik

Walt Disney's Song of the South and the Politics of Animation (pages 219–230)
M. Thomas Inge

“Keep it Under Your Hat”: Safety Campaigns and Fashion in the World War II Factory (pages 231–243)
Stephen R. Patnode

Writing Ojibwe: Politics and Poetics in Longfellow's Hiawatha (pages 244–257)
Tom Nurmi

Satirical Fake News and/as American Political Discourse (pages 258–275)
Ian Reilly

DDT and the American Century: Global Health, Environmental Politics, and the Pesticide That Changed the World. David Kinkela. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011. (pages 276–277)
Drew A. Swanson

Fatal Self-Deception: Slaveholding Paternalism in the Old South. Eugene D. Genovese and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. (pages 277–278)
Drew A. Swanson

From Liberation to Conquest: The Visual and Popular Cultures of the Spanish–American War of 1898. Bonnie M. Miller. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2011. (pages 278–279)
Benjamin A. Coates

Making Marriage Work: A History of Marriage and Divorce in the Twentieth-Century United States. Kristin Celello. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009. (pages 279–280)
William Kuby

Pink and Blue: Telling the Boys from the Girls in America. Jo B. Paoletti. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012. (pages 280–282)
Kathy Merlock Jackson

Reinventing Childhood after World War II. Paula S. Fass, and Michael Grossberg, Eds. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012. (pages 282–283)
Kathy Merlock Jackson

The Ages of Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in Changing Times. Joseph J. Darowski, Ed. Jefferson: McFarland, 2012. (pages 283–284)
John Shelton Lawrence, Emeritus

The Production of Modernization: Daniel Lerner, Mass Media, and the Passing of Traditional Society. Hemant Shah. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2011. (pages 284–285)
Brad Stoddard

Thomas Pynchon and the Dark Passages of History. David Cowart. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2011. (pages 285–286)
Stephen Hock

User Unfriendly: Consumer Struggles with Personal Technologies, from Clocks and Sewing Machines to Cars and Computers. Joseph J. Corn. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011. (pages 286–287)
Lawrence C. Rubin

West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965–1977. Elissa Auther and Adam Lerner, Eds. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. (pages 287–288)
Kirstin L. Ellsworth

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Halloween at Design Toscano

Design Toscano offers a wealth of Halloween- and Gothic-themed products (including zombies, vampires, skeletons, reapers, witches, and, of course, their signature gargoyles) at their website. Details and images at

Friday, October 12, 2012

Art of the Hobbit

New from Houghton Mifflin (and reissued from HarperCollins, though minus the original slipcase) is The Art of the Hobbit. It is an odd book, reprinting all of Tolkien's various drawings and sketches for the work, and definitely one for Tolkien completists as opposed to the casual fan of Middle-earth.

Details as follows:

The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
By Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull, J.R.R. Tolkien

About the Book
ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780547928258
ISBN-10: 0547928254
Price: $40
Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publication Date: 2012-09-18
Trim Size: 10 x 10
Book Description:

J.R.R. Tolkien’s complete artwork for The Hobbit, presented for the first time in celebration of the 75th anniversary

When J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit, he was already an accomplished amateur artist, and drew illustrations for his book while it was still in manuscript. The Hobbit as first printed had ten black-and-white pictures, two maps, and binding and dust jacket designs by its author. Later, Tolkien also painted five scenes for color plates, which comprise some of his best work. His illustrations for The Hobbit add an extra dimension to that remarkable book, and have long influenced how readers imagine Bilbo Baggins and his world.

Written and edited by leading Tolkien experts Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, The Art of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien showcases the complete artwork created by the author for his story—including related pictures, more than one hundred sketches, drawings, paintings, maps, and plans. Some of these images are published here for the first time, others for the first time in color, allowing Tolkien’s Hobbit pictures to be seen completely and more vividly than ever before.

Vampire Teddy (with Cookies)

There are a number of monstrous mash-ups being sold for this Halloween, including this vampiric teddy bear (with Bela Lugosi's signature widow's peak and a variation on his classic costume) sold by

Vampire Bites Bear
Item ID 12F307
Current Price $29.99
(as add-on $14.99) 

NEW! Comes with a sampler of 18 Nibblers® bite-sized cookies and two hand-frosted ghost cookies or as an add-on to most catalog items.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Fastitocalon 4 CFP

Perpetually catching up it seems:

Call for papers (PDF)
Fastitocalon: Studies in Fantasticism Ancient to Modern volume IV (2013)
Published by Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier (WVT)

Crime and the Fantastic

If there is one thread that consistently runs through all forms of the fantastic from the antiquity to the present it is a preoccupation with crime and harm – and with the obligations to make things right which these violations place on individuals and communities alike. Although definitions of crime and justice in The Epic of Gilgamesh will be different from those in Odyssey, Beowulf, Peter Pan or The Graveyard Book, the spectrum of the fantastic—from classical myths to literary fantasy—has always been fascinated by issues of crime, punishment and justice. From betrayed rulers and spouses avenging their wrongs or culture heroes defending their families and communities, through orphan boys or girls exposing oppressive regimes and defeating evil Wizard conspiracies, to talking animals or other nonhuman species who assert their minority status, many of the proponents of the fantastic in their textual and filmic forms are predicated on the search for the most appropriate response to crime, inequality and violation. The protagonists are mostly rebels rather than the empire, outlaws rather than the establishment. The stories of their struggles define various facets of crime, punishment and justice and transpose these concepts from abstract principles to specific representations.

Our goal in Volume IV of Fastitocalon: Studies in Fantasticism Ancient to Modern is to offer a sustained reflection upon the nexus of crime and the fantastic. We encourage submissions that explore manifestations of crime, punishment and justice in and through the frame of the fantastic in all its current and historical media. Contributions to our Crime and the Fantastic issue may focus on individual works, authors, genres, series or adaptations. They may discuss the development and transformations of the various crime topoi or explore the literary-theoretical aspects connected with them in the context of, among others, class structures, social inequalities, war and international conflicts, representations of criminal justice or legal systems, ecology, politics, imperialism, sexuality, ethnicity and gender.

Abstracts (300-450 words) accompanied by a brief biographical note (100-150 words) must be sent in to the editors electronically at and by December 31, 2012.

Essays accepted for inclusion in the volume must range between 6000 and 8000 words and will be due on April 30, 2013.

Fastitocalon: Studies in Fantasticism Ancient to Modern is a peer-reviewed journal. Abstracts and/or full papers submitted will be reviewed by the editors and members of the advisory board.

The editors:
Dr. Daniel D. Hade, The Pennsylvania State University,
Dr. Marek Oziewicz, The University of Wroclaw, Poland,
and The Pennsylvania State University,

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Mythcon Updates

The 2012 Mythcon was held last month in Berkeley, California. Details and program of events can be accessed at

The call for papers for the 2013 Mythcon has recently been posted. Details as follows:

Mythcon 44 (July 2013)

Green and Growing: The Land and its Inhabitants in Fantasy Literature

Call for Papers: Mythopoeic Society Conference 44
Kellogg Conference Center, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI – July 12-15, 2013

Download the Call for Papers (PDF)

Author Guest of Honor: Franny Billingsley
Franny Billingsley is the author of children’s and young adult fantasy novels The Folk Keeper (winner of the 2000 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature), Well Wished, and Chime.

Scholar Guest of Honor: Christopher Mitchell, Ph.D.
Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, Illinois, a major research collection of materials by and about seven British authors: Owen Barfield, G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams.

How does mythopoeic literature address the relationship between the land and its inhabitants, between the wild and the cultivated? What are their respective moral values, their dangers and delights? Tangled forests, majestic trees, ordered fields, carefully tended gardens; or untamed, wild beauty: each offers a different kind of bounty to those who would live off the land. What role do advocates and protectors of the land play in fantasy literature, particularly as personified in characters such as Yavanna, Radagast, Sam Gamgee and, of course, Tom Bombadil.

Our theme also voices many a cautionary tale– Tolkien’s Dead Marshes, the scouring of the Shire, the desolations of Smaug, Saruman and Sauron, the unnatural winter in Narnia– inviting eco-critical approaches to mythopoeic literature. From the whimsical wild places of Baum, Seuss  and Sendak; to the mysterious and often tutelary landscapes of Orwell, Garner and Burroughs– not to mention those of our favorite Inklings– we invite papers on any aspect of the green and growing land in mythopoeic writing.

Papers and panels dealing with the conference themes (or other themes sparked in your brain by this topic) are encouraged. As always, we especially welcome proposals for papers and panels focusing on the work and interests of the Inklings (especially J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Charles Williams), of our Guests of Honor, and of other fantasy authors and themes. Papers and panels from a variety of critical perspectives and disciplines are welcome.

Individual papers will be scheduled for one hour to allow time for questions, but should be timed for oral presentation in 40 minutes maximum. Two presenters who wish to present shorter, related papers may also share a one-hour slot, in which case please indicate this on your proposal. Panels will be scheduled for 1.5-hour time slots and normally will include 3-5 presenters who will speak briefly on the subject (usually 10 minutes or less), leaving substantial time for discussion with the audience.

Paper and panel proposals (250 word maximum), along with contact information, should be sent to the appropriate Papers or Panels Coordinator at the following email addresses by 30 April 2013. AV and technology requests must be included in your proposal.

Papers Coordinator
Dr. Leslie A. Donovan
Associate Professor, University of New Mexico

Panels Coordinator
Dr. Judith J. Kollman
Professor Emerita, University of Michigan- Flint

Participants are encouraged to submit papers chosen for presentation at the conference to Mythlore, the refereed journal of the Mythopoeic Society ( All papers should conform to the MLA Style Manual. Graduate and undergraduate students are especially encouraged to submit proposals and to apply for the Alexei Kondratiev Award for Best Student Paper (see For deadlines and applications for this award, contact the Papers Coordinator. Scholars needing financial assistance to attend Mythcon may apply for the Mythopoeic Society’s Glen GoodKnight Memorial Scholarships (formerly called the Starving Scholars Fund). Scholars may request the application form for these awards from the Papers Coordinator.

The Mythopoeic Society is an international literary and educational organization devoted to the study, discussion, and enjoyment of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and mythopoeic literature. We believe the study of these writers can lead to greater understanding and appreciation of the literary, philosophical, and spiritual traditions which underlie their works, and can engender an interest in the study of myth, legend, and the genre of fantasy. Find out about past conferences at

Film and History 2012 Conference

The 2012 Film and History Conference meets later this month from 26-30 September 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There are a number of papers and emtire sessions devoted to the fantastic. The complete program can be accessed at

Monday, September 10, 2012

ALA Gothic Symposium CFP

Call for Papers (PDF)
American Literature Association Symposium
“Fear and Form:
Aspects of the Gothic in American Culture”

Keynote Speakers:
Teresa A. Goddu, Vanderbilt University
Eric Savoy, University of Montreal
February 21-23, 2013

ALA symposia provide opportunities for scholars to meet in pleasant settings, present papers, and share ideas and resources. The February 2013 symposium will meet in the self-proclaimed “most haunted city in America” and focus on the role of the Gothic in American literary culture. We welcome proposals for presentations on the place of the Gothic in the writings of both popular and canonical American authors (Brown, Poe, Hawthorne, Faulkner, O’Connor, Wright, Morrison, and others). We are particularly interested in studies relating Gothic modes to other forms, including the historical novel, poetry, the graphic novel, and detective fiction. In addition, we welcome studies exploring the roles of ghosts, vampires, demons, zombies, haunted houses, ancestral curses in American literary culture, including film. Proposals for panels and roundtable discussions are also encouraged.
Location: Hyatt Regency Savannah
Two W. Bay Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401

Hotel Rate: The Hyatt is offering a special rate of $150 (plus tax) per night for a single or double room.
Conference Fee: $150 (includes two meals and two receptions)
Conference Directors:
Alfred Bendixen, Texas A & M University
Rene H. Trevino, Texas A & M University
Please email all proposals to Rene Trevino
Before October 1, 2012

Conference Details: The American Literature Association will meet in the Hyatt Regency in Savannah for a symposium on the Gothic in American Culture, February 21-23, 2013.
Please plan to stay in the conference hotel as this helps us meet our commitment to the hotel and keeps our rates low. The Hyatt is ideally located on the waterfront and right next to the largest historic district in the United States.

Sessions run Friday and Saturday, February 22-23. On Friday September 22rd, there will be a luncheon as well as an evening reception featuring a key note speaker. The second luncheon will be Saturday February 24, with a closing keynote and reception scheduled for the evening. Meal preferences will be sent to conference participants at a later date. The conference fee of $150 includes two lunches and two receptions.

Individuals may propose papers or panels by emailing the conference director, Rene Trevino, at no later than October 1, 2012. The proposal should include the title of the presentation or panel, an abstract that provides the conference director with a clear idea of the material that will be covered, a brief vita or description of the presenter’s qualifications, and complete emails for all participants. The proposal should be both pasted into an email and sent as an attachment (preferably in WORD). All emails will be acknowledged in a timely manner. The conference directors welcome proposals for roundtables and panels that deal with the development of important genres and literary movements.
Please note that no audiovisual equipment will be available for the symposium.

Those proposing papers and/or panels will be informed of acceptances in mid October Participants will be asked to make their hotel reservations immediately and to pre-register using the material posted at the end of this announcement. A program will be placed on the website prior to the conference and printed programs will be available at the symposium.

ALA Guidelines: The most common ALA format is a time slot of one hour and twenty minutes with three papers and a chair. This permits time for discussion and three papers of approximately 20 minutes (or nine typed double-spaced pages). Organizers of panels are free to use other formats provided they respect the time limits. Furthermore, the ALA encourages panel organizers to experiment with innovative formats including discussion groups and panels featuring more speakers and briefer papers. Chairs will make sure that the panels start and end on time and that no speaker goes beyond the allotted time limit. We prefer that chairs not present papers on the panels that they are moderating, and no one may present more than one paper at an ALA symposium.

The conference fee covers the costs of the conference including two meals and two receptions. We encourage all of those who are on the program to pre-register. The conference fee is $150 for all participants. We regret that we are unable to offer a lower rate for graduate students and independent scholars for this symposium.

ALA Membership: Membership in the ALA is not required in order to propose or present a paper. In fact, technically the members of the American Literature Association are the various author societies. Individuals may keep informed about the activities of the ALA by checking our website (, which is the primary source for information about ALA activities

The easiest way to find out about the conference and all ALA activities is by consulting our website:

Please note that the American Literature Association maintains the lowest conference fees of any major scholarly organization because it operates without a paid staff. If you have any questions that are not answered by this announcement, please contact the conference director or Alfred Bendixen, Executive Director of the ALA, at

PCA Science Fiction and Fantasy Area CFP

Science Fiction and Fantasy Area of PCA 27-30 March 2013
full name / name of organization:
Popular Culture Association
contact email:

One of the largest and most vibrant of the association, the Science Fiction and Fantasy (SF/F) Area invites proposals for its 2013 national conference. The goals of our area are (1) to share and support research, scholarship, and publication and (2) to mentor emerging scholars. As a result, we invite proposals from professors, independent scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates (with the guidance of a professor).

PCA/ACA SF/F welcomes any theoretical or (inter)disciplinary approach to any topic related to SF/F: art; literature; radio; film; television; comics and graphic novels; video, role-playing, and multi-player online games. Though not at all an exhaustive list, potential presenters may wish to consider the following topics. We would particularly like to encourage submissions for 2013 that celebrate a momentous event in the history of SFF. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. We welcome proposals that examine and celebrate this remarkable achievement. Next year also marks the 5th anniversary of the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a series that changed the face of television.

General Topics
Fans and Fandom/Community Building
Gender and Sexuality
Class and Hierarchies
Hybridity and Liminality
Audience Reception
Translation Issues
Cross-Media Texts
Regeneration—Moving Narratives from One Medium to Another
Language and Rhetoric
Genre—Space Opera, Cyberpunk, Dark Fantasy, etc.
Franchising Narratives
Marketing and Advertising
Textual Analysis
Sociological or Psychological Readings
Archival Research
Technology—Textual and Literal
Pedagogy—Teaching Science Fiction and Fantasy
Online Identity Construction
Use of Music and Silence
Visual, Spatial, and Design Elements
Mythology and Quest Narratives

Examples of Fantasy Texts
Classic and Contemporary Literature—Gilgamesh; Homer’s Odyssey; J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings; C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia; Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels; J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series; Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials collection; Frank Baum’s Oz series; Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; and works by such authors as Piers Anthony, Marian Zimmer Bradley, Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams, Orson Scott Card, Margaret Weis, Ursula K. LeGuin, Mercedes Lackey, Patricia McKillip, and others.
Film—The Princess Bride (1987), Willow (1988), Labyrinth (1986), The Dark Crystal (1982), The NeverEnding Story (1984), The Clash of the Titans (1981; 2009), Ladyhawke (1985), Spirited Away (2001), Donnie Darko (2001), Chocolat (2000), Amelie (2001), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), etc.
Television—The Twilight Zone (1959-64), The Prisoner (1967-68), Dark Shadows (1966-71), Wonder Woman (1975-79), Beauty and the Beast (1987-90), Wonderfalls (2004), The Dresden Files (2007), Supernatural (2005-), Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2001), Charmed (1998-2006), Angel (1999-2004), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), Lost (2004-), Being Human (2009-), Grimm (2011-) and others.
Comics and Graphic Novels—Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 9; Japanese manga; European comics; underground comics movement, etc.
Gaming—Tomb Raider, World of Warcraft, Dungeons & Dragons, Everquest, Myst, Vampire: The Masquerade, etc.

Examples of Science Fiction Texts
Classic and Contemporary Literature—from the works of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and Mary Shelley to Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Phillip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, Octavia E. Butler, Anne McCaffrey, Marge Piercy, James Tiptree Jr., Frank Herbert, and Candas Jane Dorsey.
Film—from Le Voyage Dans La Lune (1902), Frankenstein (1931), and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Star Wars (1977), Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), 12 Monkeys (1995), The Matrix (1999), Children of Men (2006), Iron Man (2008), The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008), Transformers 2 (2009), Star Trek (2009).
Television—classic TV such as Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-1969) and The Twilight Zone (1959-1964) to recent series of interest, including Lexx (1997-2002), Twin Peaks (1990-91), The X-Files (1993-2002), Dark Angel (2000-02), The 4400 (2004-07), the Stargate series including Universe, Babylon 5 (1993-98), Battlestar Galactica (2004- 2008), Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles (2007 - 2009), Torchwood (2006-), Primeval (2007-), Heroes (2007-), Firefly (2002-03), Sanctuary (2008-12), Eureka (2006-12), and others.

The SF/F Area is also interested in featuring science fiction and fantasy writers and poets. Creative writers are welcomed.

Submission Guidelines: In Word (.doc/.docx), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or PDF, completed papers or 250-word proposals for individual papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, or creative writing readings should be submitted through the PCA website. Instructions for submission can be found at and submissions made at . The document should contain the following information in this order:

Name(s) of presenter(s)—indicate main contact person if submitting a group presentation
Institutional affiliation—if applicable
Name and contact information of cooperating professor—undergraduates only
Address(es), telephone number(s), and email address(es) of presenter(s)
Title(s) of paper(s), panel, roundtable, or workshop
Completed paper(s) or 250-word proposal(s)—if submitting a workshop, please specifically indicate what those in attendance will gain
The paper/panel proposal will be acknowledged when received, and the sender will be notified of the submission’s status no later than 1 January 2013.

Please be aware that the Area Chairs are not able to submit proposals on your behalf. If there is a problem while submitting papers please contact the Chair.

Please, do not simultaneously submit the same proposal to multiple areas. Doing so is a discourtesy to area chairs. Also please note that, per PCA/ACA guidelines, a person may present only one paper at the annual meeting, regardless of subject area. This includes roundtables, that is, a person cannot present a paper and a roundtable discussion.

Submission Deadline: 29 November 2012

Each year after the last conference panel on Saturday evening, the SF/F Area hosts a fundraising event that includes a film, snacks, and a prize raffle of DVDs, novels, academic books, etc.—thousands of dollars in merchandise. Come enjoy the food, friendship, and fun! Location TBA; film TBA. Fundraising supports area activities and, beginning with the 2011 conference, awards to the two best papers, graduate student and professional. More details about these awards can be found at the area’s website:

Please be aware that the PCA offers several travel bursaries and deadlines for them are the 7 January 2013. Check the PCA website for more information.

Hope to see you in DC!

Your Area Co-Chairs:

Dr. Gillian I Leitch
23 Blvd Mont-Bleu, #1
Gatineau, QC
Canada J8Z 1H9


Dr. Sherry Ginn
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
1531 Trinity Church Rd
Concord, NC 28110 USA

Direct all enquiries to our email address:

NOTE: While the PCA/ACA welcomes fresh approaches to subjects, we also appreciate serious commitment to scholarship and to presenting at the conference.

New/Recent CFPs

Here's a batch from the UPenn CFP site:

[UPDATE] CFP: The Ray Browne Conference on Popular Culture: Modes of Mobility: Popular Culture in an Age of Technology (deadline 11/16/12)

Call for Submissions: Studies in Popular Culture (no deadline)

CFP: The Gothic in Literature, Film and Culture (11/30/12; National PCA/ACA Conference, 3/27/13-3/30/13)

CFP Edited Collection on Dark Fairy Tales in Children's and Young Adult Literature (deadline 10/20/12)

Monsters and the Monstrous Volume 3, Number 1, Themed Issue on Monstrous Spaces/ Spaces of Monstrosity (deadline for submissions 3/8/13)

Call for Papers: Indigenous 'Deep' Space: Indigenous Absence and Presence in Sci-Fi and Comics (Southwest/Texas PCA deadline 11/16/12)

Call for Papers: Indigenous Science Fiction February 13-16, 2013 (SW/Texas PCA deadline 11/16/12)

The Geek and Popular Culture (SW/Texas PCA deadline 11/16/12)

Mystery & Detective Fiction Area, March 27-30, 2013, Washington, DC (National PCA deadline 11/30/12)

The Empire Tele-Calls Back: Indian Science Fiction in the Global Age (collection; deadline 11/30/12)

Weird Lovecraft: H.P. Lovecraft, Weird Tales, and the Construction of the American Horror Canon [Update] (panel; deadline 1/15/13)

Horror (Text, Media, Culture) (national PCA; deadline 11/30/12)

Call for Submissions - Edited Collection -- Fan Phenomena: Supernatural (deadline 9/15/12)

First Annual FANS Conference (deadline 2/1/13)

Stephen King Area-2013 Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference (Sumbissions: 11/30/12)

 The Age of Lovecraft: Cosmic Horror, Posthumanism, and Popular Culture (collection; deadline 10/31/12)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

CFP Suburban Narratives

Exploring Suburban Narratives in Literature, Film and Television
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Call for Papers Date: 2012-09-30 (in 21 days)
Date Submitted: 2012-06-18
Announcement ID: 195248

From Revolutionary Road to American Beauty and Desperate Housewives, some of the most popular works of fiction, television and film are those that focus in on the ‘ordinariness’ of suburban living. In drawing on this framework, these works expose the nature of human desperation, the values attached to American patriotism and the anxieties faced in adjusting to modern living. This panel will seek to question why suburban-based narratives have proven to be so successful within mainstream popular culture. Is it perhaps because we as readers/ viewers find a certain liberating accessibility in experiencing a social reality which reflects so closely on our own? Or do these narratives, in fact, present a more idealized and fantastical version of what we desire suburban reality to be? Attached to both these questions is the question of genre representation. The most popular genres which have been used to represent suburban narratives are those of the soap-opera/ melodrama and/ or comedy. To what extent do these genres contribute to the popularity of these narratives? This panel, which will appear at the 44th Annual Nemla Convention in Boston, welcomes papers that explore the popularity of suburban narratives in either literature, film or television from multiple perspectives. These narratives interactions with gender politics and/ or national politics, for instance, would be an interesting starting point . The overall aim of this panel will be to begin to consider and define the place of literary/ filmic suburban narratives both within these mediums and within academic studies.
Please send abstracts of between 250-300 words to Adam Levin at by no later than 30 September 2012. Please include the following information:

Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

Adam Levin
Visit the website at

CFP Asian Popular Culture Conference

CFP (Deadline extended) Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits 2012: Intertexts and Intersections (Asian popular culture conference)
Location: Minnesota, United States
Call for Papers Date: 2012-09-28 (in 19 days)
Date Submitted: 2012-08-19
Announcement ID: 196473

Extended deadline for SGMS/Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures 2012
Minneapolis College of Arts and Design, September 28-30, 2012

Location: Minnesota, United States
Conference Date: 2012-09-28

Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits (SGMS) is an internationally-recognized, three-day workshop that explores and celebrates anime and manga.

Through its unique merger of academic and fan audiences, SGMS engages both anime's and manga's creative and cultural implications and practices.

SGMS 2012: Intertexts and Intersections Conference
September 28th-30th, 2012

Asian popular cultural has generated a vast array of manga, anime, games, and related merchandise, artifacts that have proliferated globally. The 12th annual SGMS Workshop and 2nd annual Mechademia conference focus on the characters, concepts, and ideas that have emerged from Asian popular culture, as well as the intertextual relations and intersections of these forms with other cultures and with other worlds.

Featured Speaker: Dai Sato

Dai Sato is writer of critically acclaimed and fantastically popular television series and films such as Samurai Champloo (2004), Casshern (2004), Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2004), and Cowboy Bebop (1998). He began his career as a TV scriptwriter, program planner, and lyricist at the age of 19, and later ventured into the video game and music industries. Today he is first and foremost an animation scriptwriter, but also creates scripts and concepts for various media. He has collaborated with some of Japan's best-known anime writers, using extensively his experience in game development projects and interactive club events. In 2007 he established Storyriders Inc., Ltd., of which he is the President and CEO.

Individuals should send an abstract of 250 words or less, including the presentation title, to:

by August 30, 2012. Panel proposals of 3 or 4 individual papers should include a 250 words description of each presentation, each presenters vita / resume, and a clearly stated panel title.


Visit the website at

Dr. Jessica M. Dandona
Minneapolis College of Art and Design

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2013 International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts

The 34th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (pdf)
Location: Florida, United States
Call for Papers Date: 2012-10-31
Date Submitted: 2012-08-31
Announcement ID: 196695

The 34th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (official site; pdf flier)
Fantastic Adaptations, Transformations, and Audiences

March 20-24, 2013
Marriott Orlando Airport Hotel

ICFA 34 will explore the ubiquity of adaptation in all its Fantastic forms. Conference papers might consider specific adaptations, adaptation theory, translation, elision and interpolation, postmodern pastiche, transformation and metafictionality, plagiarism and homage, audience and adaptation, franchise fiction, or the recent resurgence of reboots, retcons, remakes, and reimaginings.

Guests of Honor: Neil Gaiman and Kij Johnson
Guest Scholar: Constance Penley

We welcome paper proposals on all aspects of the fantastic, and especially encourage papers on the work of our special guests and attending authors. Please see our website at for information about how to propose panel sessions or participate in creative programming at the conference.

Paper proposals must consist of a 500-word proposal accompanied by an appropriate bibliography, and a 300-word abstract. Please send them to the appropriate Division Head below. The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2012. Participants will be notified by November 15, 2012, if they are accepted to the conference. Attendees may present only one paper at the conference and should not submit to multiple divisions. If you are uncertain as to which Division you should submit your proposal, please contact Sherryl Vint (


Children’s and Young Adult Literature and Art
Alaine Martaus

Fantasy Literature
Stefan Ekman

Film and Television
Kyle Bishop

Horror Literature
Rhonda Brock-Servais

International Fantastic
Rachel Haywood Ferreira

Science Fiction Literature
David M. Higgins

Visual and Performing Arts and Audiences
Isabella van Elferen

Isabella van Elferen
Utrecht University
Dept. Media and Culture Studies
Muntstraat 2A
3512 EV Utrecht
0031 30 253 6274
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NEPCA Fantastic Sessions 2012

Here are the preliminary details of our sessions for this year's conference. Further updates will appear on the blog.

2012 Conference of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association
St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York
26-27 October 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Legend I: Visions of the Future
Chair: Michael Torregrossa, Independent Scholar

Cory Matieyshen (National University): “Bert the Turtle Won't Save You: American Science Fiction Prose and Criticism of Nuclear Civil Defense During the 1950s”
Derek Newman-Stille (Trent University): “Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl In The Ring and the Use of Speculative Fiction to Disrupt Singular Interpretations of Place”
Özüm Ünal (Bahçeşehir University): “Mothering the ‘Other’: Representation of the Decentered Bodies in Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men
Shannon Tarango (University of California Riverside): “Dystopia in The Hunger Games

Saturday, October 27, 2012: 10:15 AM-11:45 AM
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Legend II: Old Legends, New Stories
Chair: Michael Torregrossa, Independent Scholar

Mary Bridgeman (Trinity College Dublin): “Complex subjects in Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, and True Blood
Laura Wiebe (McMaster University): “Witches, Elves, and Bioengineers: Magic and Science in Kim Harrison’s The Hollows
Kathleen Mulligan (Providence College): “Robin Hood: from ‘History’ to Folklore and Back Again”
Michael Torregrossa (Independent Scholar): “Once and Future Kings Revisited:The Theme of Arthur Redivivus in Recent Arthuriads of the Comics Medium”

Genre Crossing: Area CFP 2013


Online at NEPCA Fantastic:

2013 Conference of The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)
St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vermont
25-26 October 2013
Proposals by 1 June 2013

Formed in 2009, the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area celebrates its fifth anniversary in 2013, and, in commemoration of this event, we seek proposals from scholars of all levels for papers that explore the interrelationships between the various aspects of the intermedia traditions of the fantastic (including, but not limited to, elements of science fiction, fantasy, fairy tale, gothic, and legends) and how creative artists have altered our preconceptions of these subtraditions by producing, in diverse countries and time periods and for audiences at all levels,  innovative, genre-crossing or (perhaps) genre-breaking works. Please see our website NEPCA Fantastic ( 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 or panel of papers, please send a proposal of approximately 300 to 500 words and a one to two page CV to both the Program Chair AND to the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend Area Chair at the following addresses (please note "NEPCA Fantastic Proposal 2013" in your subject line):

Jennifer Tebbe-Grossman
Program Chair

Michael A. Torregrossa
Science Fiction, Fantasy and Legend Area Chair

The Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA) is a regional affiliate of the American Culture Association and the Popular Culture Association. NEPCA is an association of scholars in New England and New York, organized in 1974 at the University of Rhode Island. We reorganized and incorporated in Boston in 1992. The purpose of this professional association is to encourage and assist research, publication, and teaching on popular culture and culture studies topics by scholars in the northeast region of the United States. By bringing together scholars from various disciplines, both academic and non-academic people, we foster interdisciplinary research and learning. We publish a newsletter twice per year and we hold an annual conference at which we present both the Peter C. Rollins Book Award and an annual prize.

Membership in NEPCA is required for participation. Annual dues are currently $30 for full-time faculty and $15 to all other individuals. Further details are available at

Star Trek Anniversary

The Star Trek franchise celebrated its 46th anniversary yesterday, and Google commemorated the occasion with a video Google Doodle, which has been archived at An interview with the designer can be found at

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Update September 2012

I need to do some major update to the blogs, but the following news should suffice for now:

Effective today, the blog has been retitled to more reflect both its contents and the intertests of presenters to the area. Hopefully, we can serve as your one-stop guide to the fantastic in popular cultre.

Also, NEPCA has released the details for its 2013 conference to convene in Vermont next October. Further details and the official area CFP will be posted latter this weekend (I hope).

Lastly, national PCA has revamped its website. Things look a bit confusing for now and some links are inactive or dead, but I did find the details (at last) on the location for next year's conference--Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, DC--from 27-30 March 2013.


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Jonathan Hardy RIP

Meant to post this earlier. Actor Jonathan Hardy, the voice of Rygel on Farscape, passed away last month. Details at The Examiner ( and a tribute at the Jim Henson Company channel on YouTube (

Jerry Nelson RIP

Puppeteer Jerry Nelson passed away earlier this week. The Jim Henson Company offers a selection of hos work on their YouTube page at

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Horror/Humor Collection CFP

CFP: Horror/Humor (collection)
Call for Papers Date: 2012-09-15
Date Submitted: 2012-07-18
Announcement ID: 195868

Please submit to both people. Thank you.

CFP: “Horror (as/is) Humor, Humor (as/is) Horror: sLaughter in Popular Cinema” (collection)

In his review of Tavernier’s Coup de torchon, David Kehr wrote in When Movies Mattered: Reviews from a Transformative Decade, Death, violence, and moral corruption aren't just slapstick props … but agonizingly real presences, and their comedy isn't a release from horror, but a confrontation with it.… [H]umor and horror exist side by side, they play on the very thin line that separates a laugh from a scream, touching the hysteria common to both.… The best black humor makes us feel the horror. (186)

Scholarly collections in Humor and Horror Studies have largely conceived of them as separate genres and fields. Yet popular culture has increasingly seen a rise in the emotional and visceral confluence of humor and horror—from black comedies, dark fantasy and a renewed interest in fairy tale adaptations, to fresh literary works, graphic novels, and politics and satire.

Scholarly essays are sought for a potential collection on the nexus of humor and horror—sLaughter—in popular culture texts with a primary focus on film. Topics may include, but are clearly not limited to: Genre (e.g., parody, science / speculative fiction, thriller, dark fantasy, cyberpunk / splatterpunk, “classical” comedy / drama, post-humanism, terror/ism, apocalyptica and TEOTWAWKI); Creator / Auteur (e.g., Joss Whedon, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, Mary Harron, Matt Groening, Seth McFarlane, the Soska sisters, the Coen brothers, Bret Easton Ellis, Charles Bukowski, Amy Lynn Best, David Cronenberg, Tim Burton, John Carpenter); or Theory / Theorist (e.g., structuralism, grotesquerie / freakery, transgressionism, attraction=repulsion, bodily mutilation / ablation, postmodernism, biomechanics / cyborg interfaces).

We are NOT interested in Abbot and Costello, “camp,” or anything else offering the audience a chance to be “psychologically distanced” from mortal terror—beyond the fact that they are viewing images on a screen. Though we are interested in zombies, lycanthropy, vampirism, and that lot, we envision a much broader and more scholarly collection than the fanzone tends to produce—much scarier than Twilight, etc.—that addresses the intersection of humor/horror. We want you to make us FEEL it, and tell us why it’s important.

By 15 September 2012, please submit a 250 word abstract and one-page CV to both Johnson Cheu ( and John A Dowell (

Johnson Cheu, John Dowell
Michigan State University

Dead Inside (Zombie Collection) CFP Update

UPDATE. CFP The Walking Dead, Essay Collection.
Call for Papers Date: 2012-08-13 (in 6 days)
Date Submitted: 2012-07-17
Announcement ID: 195841

UPDATE for The Walking Dead, Essay Collection: I will also be accepting PROPOSALS for articles for this essay collection by the August 13, 2012 deadline (although ideally the essays should be underway)

Dead Inside: The Walking Dead and the Problem of Meaning in the New Millennium

In the early twenty-first century, zombies are everywhere—in film (Land of the Dead, 28 Days Later, Dead Snow, Rammbock, The Horde), fiction (Stephen King’s Cell, Colson Whitehead’s Zone One, Max Brooks’ World War Z, John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Handling the Undead), social movements (zombie walks and the Zombie Research Society ), classrooms (Zombie Studies) and even politics (Daniel Drezner’s Theories of International Politics and Zombies). Undoubtedly one of the most sustained and complex representations of the modern zombie, though, is AMC’s television series, The Walking Dead, based on Robert Kirkman’s series of comics.

I am seeking essays for a scholarly collection that will explore the complexities of The Walking Dead in relation to the multiple forms of zombie revival, and that will address the ways in which the zombie articulates the crucial theoretical and political debates of the new century.

I am particularly interested in essays about how zombies, and narratives about zombies, engage problems of meaning. In the first episode of season one of The Walking Dead, after protagonist Rick Grimes wakes up in a hospital to a post-apocalyptic world, he encounters a door on which the words “Do Not Open. Dead Inside” are painted. Zombies claw at the opening. The moment encapsulates how zombies often function to signal loss or lack—of self, of consciousness, of history, of political efficacy, of meaning itself. How does the series, in its many contexts—literary, cinematic, historical, political—address compelling contemporary problems of meaning, of how we find and attribute significance in our lives. Essays should, then, take up The Walking Dead as a crystallization of one of the many contemporary problems of meaning. Some generative questions/contexts include:

--Why have zombies seen such a resurgence in the twenty-first century, after their apparent demise in the 1990s? How does The Walking Dead represent an evolution in the history of zombie fiction and film?

--How do zombies feature in imaginings of the end of the world? How do post-apocalyptic narratives with zombies (The Walking Dead, World War Z, Romero’s Dead cycle) differ from those without (The Road, Survivors, Jericho)?

--How do fictional, cinematic, and televisual zombies illuminate philosophical debates over the conceivability of the zombie and what the possible existence (or lack thereof) of zombies says about human consciousness and identity?

--How do zombie narratives encode politics and offer forms of social critique (notably of global capitalism), as well as embodying forms of utopian political thinking?

--How do zombies serve as figures of contagion—as a virus that infects both the body and the mind (memes, flash mobs, etc.)? What meanings inhere in zombies’ contagiousness?

--How do zombies engage with recent theorists of the posthuman?

Please send your essay of no more than 30 pages to Dawn Keetley, Associate Professor of English, at Lehigh University, 35 Sayre Drive, Bethlehem PA 18015. Email: The deadline is Monday August 13, 2012. All disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives are welcome. I will be happy to address any questions via email at any time. I am in communication with McFarland (which has been publishing the best books on zombies) about a contract for the collection.

Dawn Keetley
Department of English
Lehigh University
Drown Hall
Bethlehem PA 18015
(610) 758-5926

Tim Burton CFP

CFP: Tim Burton: Works, Characters, Themes
Call for Papers Date: 2012-10-01
Date Submitted: 2012-07-18
Announcement ID: 195867

CFP: Tim Burton: Works, Characters, Themes (collection) Mark Salisburry writes of Tim Burton:

“Burton’s characters are often outsiders, misunderstood and misperceived, misfits encumbered by some degree of duality, operating on the fringes of their own particular society, tolerated, but pretty much left to their own devices.” (Burton on Burton, xviii-xix)

Burton’s films have explored this theme of outsiders and many others over a wide array of genres.

Scholarly essays are sought for a potential collection on the work and artistry of Tim Burton. All films and theoretical approaches welcome.

Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

• Outsiders, Misfits, and conformity/nonconformity
• Cyborgs, “Grotesquire/Freakery” and other bodily non-conformities
• Heroes/Villains
• Early work (Disney, “Frankenweenie,” Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure)
• Burton as Auteur
• Johnny Depp, and “Celebrity/Star” theory
• Adaptations (Dark Shadows, Sleepy Hollow, Alice, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Planet of the Apes, James and the Giant Peach, Sweeney Todd, etc.)
• Ed Wood
• Sci-fi (e.g. Mars Attacks)
• Batman, Batman Returns!
• Burton and fairy tales; Burton as fairy tale
• Burton and “Beauty” (films, bodies, and otherwise)
• Death, Ghosts, Haunting
• Humor, Horror, Satire, Allegory
• Family, Fathers, etc. (Big Fish, etc.)
• Mixed-genre (comedy-horror, Beettlejuice, or musical-comedy-horror, Sweeney Todd, etc.)
• Suburbia/”The City”
• Love, attraction, rejection, sexuality
• TV work: (Alfred Hitchcock Presents: “The Jar,” ; Cartoon-TV’s “Family Dog”)

Please note: A potential publisher has expressed possible interest; work on this project may be relatively swift.

By 1 October, 2012, please submit a 250 word abstract and one-page CV to Johnson Cheu (

Johnson Cheu
Michigan State University

Doctor Who Fan Phenomena CFP

CFP: Doctor Who Fan Phenomena
Call for Papers Date: 2012-08-15 (in 8 days)
Date Submitted: 2012-05-21
Announcement ID: 194671

CFP: Doctor Who: Fan Phenomena (Intellect)

Now accepting abstracts for consideration for the new Doctor Who (Fan Phenomena) title from Intellect Press. This will be part of the second series of Fan Phenomena books, which aim to explore and decode the fascination we have with what constitutes an iconic or cultish phenomenon and how a particular person, TV show or film character/film infiltrates their way into the public consciousness.

The Doctor Who (Fan Phenomena) title will look at particular examples of Doctor Who fan culture and approach the subject in an accessible manner aimed at both fans and those interested in the cultural and social aspects of Doctor Who and fan culture. The editor is particularly interested in exploring the changing characteristics of Doctor Who fandom, from scholars and fans alike, over the fifty-year history of the programme.

As such, we invite papers that address the nature of fandom, the unique attributes of Doctor Who fandom specifically, or the relationship between Doctor Who as a multi-generational text and its fans. Other topics could include (but are not limited to):

• Fandom of specific Doctors
• Changing norms of fandom
• How one knows he/she is a fan
• Aca-Fandom
• The influence of other factors on Doctor Who fandom
• Fandom of Doctor Who ancillary products, like the Big Finish audio or Virgin book titles
• Specific fan practices (vidding, fanfic, cosplay, et al.)
• Multi-generational fandom
• Doctor Who conventions
• Gender/Sexuality in Doctor Who fandom
• New Who vs. Classic Who fandom
• Fandom of Doctor Who DVD
• Fan collecting
• Learning through Doctor Who

This book is aimed at both fans and those interested in the cultural and social aspects of Doctor Who. The book is intended to be entertaining, informative, and generally jargon-free (or at least jargon-lite).

Abstracts should be 300 words long. Please also send a CV or resume with your abstract. Abstracts due 15 Aug 2012. Final chapters of 3000-3500 words will be due 01 Nov 2012. The final book will include ten chapters. Please direct all questions and submissions to Paul Booth,

Paul Booth

Catching Up August 7th

I'm very much behind on things but will be posting a quick set of CFPs today for those of interest. In other news, the program for NEPCA 2012 is now online at Registration information can be found at the bottom of the webpage.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

CFP UK Zombie Conference

Zombies: Walking, Eating and Performance
Location: United Kingdom
Call for Papers Date: 2012-11-20
Date Submitted: 2012-05-22
Announcement ID: 194700

Zombies: Walking, Eating and Performance a one day symposium Plymouth University, UK  on 13 April 2013
CALL FOR PAPERS deadline for proposals: 30 November 2012

The purpose of this symposium is to explore, interrogate and celebrate zombies as a cultural phenomenon through the paradigms of performance, as well as models of performance through the quintessential zombie activities of eating and walking. It will examine the zombie as protagonist, performer, nomad, pilgrim, traveller, tourist, nightmare, underclass and demonstrator. Zombies: Walking, Eating and Performance will consider the derided and resilient figure of the zombie as metaphor and character; the zombie as vehicle for protest and for public self-expression.

Contributors to the Zombies: Walking, Eating and Performance symposium are invited to develop discussions and dialogues around the practice and theory of zombie performance in the context of any media (film, live art, participatory performance, video gaming, comics, etc). Proposals for 20 minute papers in a variety of formats are welcome from performers, practitioners, researchers and any combination therein.

We particularly invite proposals for papers that take an interdisciplinary approach to the living dead, as well as those that reflect on the nature and resonance of the zombie mythos now , rather than historically (although contributors may wish to reference past manifestations to tease out causes and connections).

Possible topics, themes and approaches include (but are not limited to):
 * Contemporary walks of the living dead
 * Acting dead
 * Zombies as consumers
 * The kinaesthetics and proxemics of zombie movement
 * Cross-cultural zombies and their translations
 * The zombie as character
 * The re-presentation of death and resurrection
 * The walking dead versus the running dead
 * Zombies on the streets and in the home
 * Hunger for the living/Feeding off liveness
 * The living dead as protest mechanism
 * Passivity and agency among the living dead
 * Alternative zombies
 * Zombies and taboo
 * Political acts of the contemporary living dead
 * Ethics of survival in zombie landscapes
 * Flesh-eating and consumption as ritual and cultural performance
 * Zombie physiology and other impossible bodies
 * The zombie as social metaphor
 * Collectivism and sociability in zombie flash mobs and parades
 * Zombie gaming and the virtual living dead
 * Remaking space through dead marches

Proposals for performative presentations and video papers are also welcome, as well as papers that combine 'traditional', performative and video elements – but please note that all presentations must be no longer than 20 minutes in length in total. The makers of video papers must be present at the symposium. Performative papers must be possible with limited technical resources.

Full written papers will be reviewed for possible publication in a forthcoming publication, Zombies: Walking, Eating and Performance. More information will be provided to delegates.

 For full details of how to submit a proposal, please visit:

This symposium is being organized by the Theatre, Dance & Performance Research Group at Plymouth University, a constituent of the Research Centre for Humanities, Music & Performing Arts (HuMPA). The organising committee comprises Phil Smith, Roberta Mock, Lee Miller and Kayla Parker.

For more information, please email:

Prof Roberta Mock Plymouth University 0(1752) 585033
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CFP Teaching Vampire Literature

Series of quick catch-ups tonight. Here's one I missed. Sorry about that.

Edited Collection of Essays on Teaching Vampire Literature
Call for Papers Date: 2012-06-01
Date Submitted: 2012-04-27
Announcement ID: 194228

Edited Collection of Essays on Teaching Vampire Literature (Abstracts due June 1, 2012).

Vampires are showing up with increasing frequency in the college classroom, and there are emerging an increasing number of courses solely devoted to the Undead. This edited volume intends to offer pedagogical tools for those who teach—and who would like to teach—vampire literature. The collection aspires to draw from a diverse range of teaching approaches, ranging from theoretical framing of vampire literature to teaching vampire literature in the writing classroom.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
• Theoretical frameworks for teaching vampire literature
• Historical frameworks for teaching vampire literature (ex: in the Gothic tradition, in 20th- and 21st-century American literature, etc.)
• Discussions of race/ethnicity in the vampire literature classroom
• Discussions of gender in the vampire literature classroom
• Discussions of sexuality and bodies in the vampire literature classroom
• Teaching vampire literature in courses designed for high school students
• Teaching vampire literature in courses designed as Honors or capstone, or for first-year students
• Comparative or interdisciplinary approaches to teaching vampire literature
• Teaching vampire literature in the context of horror fiction
• The intersection of popular culture (ex: film, television, music) in the vampire literature class
• Vampire literature in the writing-intensive course, or as a means of teaching writing
• Approaches to teaching specific works of vampire literature (ex: essays on Twilight, Carmilla, etc.)
• Vampire literature and technology in the classroom

Please submit abstracts (350-500 words) by June 1, 2012, along with a brief biography (150-200 words), to

If your abstract is selected for inclusion in the volume, final papers (4,000 to 8,000 words) will be due August 15, 2012.

Lisa Nevarez Siena College

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

JPC June 2012

Details for the latest number of The Journal of Popular Culture:

Vol. 45.3, June 2012


Gary Hoppenstand


“Toward A More Valid Definition of ‘Pornography’” by David Andrews.
“‘Lovelier the Second Time Around’: Divorce, Desire, and Gothic Domesticity in Invasion of the Body Snatchers” by Jennifer L. Jenkins.
Left Behind, the Holocaust, and that Old Time Antisemitism” by Lisa Lampert-Weissig.
“The Evolution of the ‘Chick Car’ Or: What Came First, the Chick or the Car?” by Chris Lezotte.
“Imagined Presidencies: The Representation of Political Power in Television Fiction” by Patricia F. Phalen. Jennie Kim, and Julia Osellame.
“Dawn of the Different: The Mulatto Zombie in Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead” by Justin Ponder.
“The Far Side of the World: Naomi Novik and the Blended Genre of Dragon Fantasy and the Sea Adventure” by Timothy E. Scheurer and Pam Scheurer.
“Red Skelton, The Crack-up, and the Quick-change” by Greg M. Smith.
“Careless Girls and Repentant Wives: Gender in Postwar Classroom Films” by Meagan Stemm-Wade.
“Literature for Us ‘Older Children’: Lost Girls, Seduction Fantasies, and the Reeducation of Adults” by Eric L. Tribunella.
“The Social Construction of Nature and Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers” by Jeremy Withers.

Book Reviews

Kaufman, Will. Woody Guthrie: American Radical. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2011. Reviewed by Brittany Bounds.
Lipkin, Elline. Girls’ Studies. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press, 2009. Reviewed by Rachel Dean-Ruzicka.
Lauterbach, Preston. The Chitlin’ Circuit and the Road to Rock & Roll. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2011.  Reviewed by Frank Johnson.
Christie, Deborah and Sarah Juliet Lauro. Better Off Dead: The Evolution of the Zombie as Post-Human. New York: Fordham University Press, 2011. Reviewed by Sharla Hutchison.
LaBennett, Oneka. She's Mad Real: Popular Culture and West Indian Girls in Brooklyn. New York: New York University Press, 2011.  Reviewed by Andreea Micu.
Tibbetts, John C. The Gothic Imagination: Conversations on Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction in the Media. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Reviewed by Laurence Raw.
Constandinides, Costas. From Film Adaptation to Post-Celluloid Adaptation: Rethinking the Transition of Popular Narratives and Characters Across Old and New Media. London and New York: Continuum, 2010. Reviewed by Laurence Raw.
Watson, Elwood and Marc E. Shaw, Eds. Performing American Masculinities: The 21st-Century Man in Popular Culture.  Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2011. Reviewed by Jennifer Forsberg.
Lavigne, Carlen and Heather Marcovitch, Eds. American Remakes of British Television: Transformations and Mistranslations. New York: Rowan & Littlefield, 2011. Reviewed by Oana Godeanu-Kenworthy.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Prisoner Remake

More catching up:

The 2009 remake/re-envisioning of the cult TV series The Prisoner from ITV and AMC is now available on home video. It has some interesting ideas but didn't seem engaging enough for "quality television". The series posits a science fictional origin for The Village existing within the mind of one of the series's characters, and The Village is used (though its not always explained how) to help make disaffected or disturbed members of society into productive members of their community.