CfA: The Victorian Roots of Fantasy

A Call for Articles on the Victorian roots of fantasy for the journal Fantasy Art and Studies (deadline 10 December 2017).

Undoubtedly the Victorian era was a fruitful period for the emergence of imaginative fiction. Now, at a moment when Neo-Victorian fiction (which includes Gaslamp Fantasy, and the Steampunk subgenre in Science Fiction) has become increasingly popular,  such as Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (recently adapted into a TV series by the BBC), Diana Wynne Jones’s Chrestomanci Series, Lilith Saintcrow’s Bannon and Clare Series, Marie Brennan’s Memoirs of Lady Trent, and the recent Shades of Magic Series by V. E. Schwab, alongside live action Disney movies such as Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass that reinvent Carroll’s famous character into a Fantasy heroine, it seems necessary to go back to the Victorian roots of Fantasy. What can they tell us about the fictional genre we know today? And what is the legacy of Victorian Fantasy works?

So, for its fourth issue, Fantasy Art and Studies invites you to explore the Victorian roots of Fantasy, from the works which created the genre to their influence on current Fantasy fiction, through the development of folklore studies, the rediscovery of medieval romances and the importance of the fairy figure during the Victorian era.

 

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