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 firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for paper proposals is 31st May 2017.
The full CfP is available to download as a PDF: