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The ICFA deadline has been pushed back to November 15th! Think of this
as a Halloween gift to all you procrastinators.
The 32nd Annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Theme: The Fantastic Ridiculous
Division of Children's and Young Adult Literature and Art
Guest of Honor: Connie Willis
Guest of Honor: Terry Bisson
Guest Scholar: Andrea Hairston
Special Guest Emeritis: Brian Aldiss
The 2011 ICFA welcomes paper proposals on all areas of the fantastic
(including high fantasy, allegory, science fiction, horror, folk tales
and other traditional literatures, magical realism, the supernatural,
and the gothic) in all media (novels, short stories, drama, television,
comic books, film, and others).
Perhaps it is the playful aspect of the ridiculous that makes it so
relevant to children's literature. From "Alice in Wonderland" to "A
Series of Unfortunate Events," the ridiculous features in many major
works of children's literature. Some of the most memorable characters in
children's literature are purely ridiculous, such as "The Cat in the
Hat"and "Amelia Bedelia." Nonsense rhymes, humor, anthropomorphism, are
all ridiculous and all are popular in the children's literature world.
The CYA division welcomes papers about specific works of ridiculous
children's literature as well as themes about the ridiculous in multiple
The Children's and Young Adult Literature and Art division accepts
critical scholarship papers that focus on literature aimed at younger
readers. This includes picture books as well as middle-grade and young
adult novels, short stories, and graphic novels that involve fantasy,
horror, paranormal romance, science fiction, and any other aspect of the
fantastic. We embrace a wide variety of scholarly approaches and
interests, including genre, historical, theoretical, and textual models.
We encourage work from institutionally-affiliated scholars, independent
scholars, international scholars who work in languages other than
English, and graduate students.
The conference will run March 16-20, 2011, in Orlando, Florida.
Please submit a proposal that includes a 250-word abstract and
bibliography directly to the division head, Amie Rose Rotruck, at
[log in to unmask] Abstracts should be turned in by NOVEMBER 15, 2010.
The conference encourages graduate student participation and gives an
award for outstanding paper by a graduate student each year.
For more information on the conference or other divisions, please visit
Amie Rose Rotruck
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