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Folklore and Fantasy
August 8th 2011 | 3 comment(s)

University of Chichester (UK) 13th – 15th April 2012

  

The Folklore Society and the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy are calling for papers for the above conference.

Many folktales are closely related to the fantastic – through subject matter, content and impulse. Folklore often deals with the fantastic, or turns to the supernatural to provide explanations for extraordinary events. Similarly, folklore has long been a major source of inspiration for fantasy literature, from authors like Kevin Crossley-Holland and Angela Carter and graphic novelists like Neil Gaiman and Bill Willingham who take on and re-present traditional stories, to authors like Lloyd Alexander Susan Cooper, Kate Thompson who draw on established tropes, to authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Susanna Clarke and Terry Pratchett who invent their own folk traditions.

This three-day conference will explore, investigate and celebrate the relationship between folklore and fantasy. We welcome papers on all aspects of folklore and fantasy from the medieval to the modern and the post-modern.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

Folklore of the fantastic

  • Invented Folklore in Epic Fantasy
  • Graphic novels
  • Urban Legends
  • Superstitions
  • The Gothic Tradition
  • Monsters, Bogies and Boggarts
  • Real and invented folk history
  • Medieval and Modern Travellers’ Tales
  • Folklore in Children’s Literature
  • World Folklore in American Fantasy
  • Celtic folklore in Popular Culture
  • Folklore on the Stage or on the Screen
  • The Commodification and ‘Disneyfication’ of Traditional Stories
  • Folklore in Art

 Abstracts of 250 words for 20-minute papers should be sent to enquiries@folklore-society.comand to b.gray@chi.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 




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