Call for Papers: Dickens Day 2017, ‘Dickens and Fantasy’

Robert William Buss, 'Dickens's Dream' (1875)
When: Saturday 14 October 2017

Where: Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Dickens Day 2017 will be considering Dickens and Fantasy.

Jointly run by Birkbeck, Cardiff University and the Dickens Fellowship, this one-day conference will explore all aspects of Dickens and fantasy. We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of the theme and warmly encourage Dickensians and scholars of all backgrounds and career stages to apply. Topics could include but are not limited to:

  • Fantasy, fancy and the imagination
  • Dickens’s ‘Christmas’ books
  • Dickens and neo-Victorian fantasy, steampunk and gaslight romances
  • Dickens, fantasy and science-fiction
  • Dickens, pantomime and theatrical fantasy
  • ‘Gaslight Fairies’: Dickens’s journalism and fantasy
  • ‘Frauds on the Fairies’: Dickens and fairy tales
  • The ‘romantic side of familiar things’: fantasy and the everyday
  • ‘Swart giants, Slaves of the lamp of knowledge’: technology, science and fantasy
  • Robert Buss’s Dickens’ Dream
  • Fantasy and Dickens’s illustrators
  • One Thousand and One Nights and Tales of the Genii
  • Fantasy versus utility
  • Dickens characters in other fantasy works (e.g. Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next novels)
  • Dickens and Television fantasies (e.g. Doctor Who and Tony Jordan’s Dickensian)
  • Mr Dick, Harold Skimpole, Mr Bounderby and other Dickensian fantasists
  • Oliver Twist’s dream and other Dickensian dreams, nightmares, delusions and hallucinations
  • Dickens, Freud and the unconscious
  • Dickens’s creative process: acting, making faces in the mirror, hearing voices?
  • ‘Good Mrs Brown’: Dickens, fantasy and pornography

Please send proposals (maximum 500 words) to Bethan Carney, Holly Furneaux and Ben Winyard at, and

The deadline for paper proposals is 31st May 2017.

The full CfP is available to download as a PDF:

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