CfP – Angela Carter: A Radical Prescience?

Symposium: Saturday 5 March 2022

Call for Papers: Deadline Nov 30th 2021

The Centre for Fairy Tales, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction at the University of Chichester invites proposals for papers, creative writing readings, panel discussions and events for our forthcoming symposium, Angela Carter: A Radical Prescience?

The symposium will mark the thirtieth anniversary of the death of Angela Carter, whose reputation as a leading British writer of fantastical literature remains undiminished three decades after her untimely passing. Its theme also reflects the new decolonial and multi-genre direction of the Centre. In face-to-face and online events, we will highlight, celebrate and interrogate Angela Carter’s legacy, wrestle with her angels and demons, and pickpocket im/pertinent answers to a wealth of questions including:

  • with its focus on world fairy tales, Japanese culture, Black and trans characters, de Sade, and its mercurial movement between fantasy, the Gothic, SF, poetry and journalism, how radical was Angela Carter’s work during her life, and now?
  • how might current queer, feminist, intersectional, modern Gothic, speculative fiction and decolonial studies scholars engage with her work?
  • how have new generations of Beyond Realist creative writers responded to Carter’s legacy – from capitalising on the subtle whiff of literary respectability she brought to these genres, to exploring and extending her transgressive reach?
  • how has Carter’s legacy been taken up beyond the literary world, in relation, for example, to art history, cinema and theatre?

In keeping with the Centre’s new mandate to publish both critical and creative writing in our journal, Gramarye, we also seek creative responses to Carter’s work, to be shared during the symposium as live, in situ and online readings, showings and exhibitions.

Submissions are invited in the following categories:

Critical – Proposals for papers (20 minutes plus Q&A) – Proposals for panels (collective submissions from 3-4 speakers) – Proposals for breakout events

Creative: – 20 minutes reading slots of poetry, short fiction, novel extracts – artwork (exhibition-ready, or as digital media) – live performances – video performances or artwork

Please submit proposals of 250 words max to the CCFTFSF Administrator Heather Robbins (h.robbins@chi.ac.uk). For creative work, please also include a short sample of no more than two pages/two images.

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