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cfp The Fantastic: Positions from Another World (Panel at the SCLA) (4/15/15)

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The Fantastic: Positions from Another World (Panel at the SCLA)
Location: Louisiana, United States
Conference Date: 2015-04-15
Date Submitted: 2015-03-01
Announcement ID: 220807
Panel for the Annual Meeting of the Society for Comparative Literature and the Arts.

Four Points by Sheraton

New Orleans, LA

October 15-17 2015

 The Fantastic: Positions from Another World

 “The fantastic is . . . a product of human imagination, perhaps even an excess of imagination. It arises when laws thought to be absolute are transcended, in the borderland between life and death, the animate and the inanimate, the self and the world . . . The fantastic is the unexpected occurrence, the startling novelty which goes contrary to all our expectations of what is possible. The ego multiplies and splits, time and space are distorted.”
― Franz Rottensteiner, The Fantasy Book: An Illustrated History From Dracula To Tolkien

 Authors of the fantastic employ various strategies to create new worlds. Magic, ghosts, and the supernatural are only a few of the ways in which our world is transformed into something different, but not altogether alien. Whether it be a hidden world of monsters, a future world of robots and aliens, a past world of vampires, or a new world of dragons and elves, the fantastic allows authors to explore the positions created by the otherworldly. These positions have consequences for the subject’s relationship to the political, rhetorical, theoretical, ideological, sexual, psychological, cultural, and so on. This panel seeks submissions for papers that engage with all types of literature or multimedia whose authors or creators represent worlds outside, behind, or beside our own. Possible topics could include but are not limited to:

The supernatural

The magical


The gothic




Romantic literature

Medieval literature

Magical realism

Please send 300-500 words abstracts to by April 15th, 2015.

Casey C. Moore
University of South Carolina


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