CFP: Performing the Fantastic

Posted by Glennis Byron on December 06, 2011 in News tagged with ,

“Performing the Fantastic”

Special issue of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts

Jen Gunnels, Drama Critic/ New York Review of Science Fiction

Isabella van Elferen, Musicologist/ Utrecht University

The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (JFA) is inviting contributions for
a special issue on “Performing the Fantastic.” Performance in this context
encompasses any of the performing arts, broadly defined, such as theatre,
music, dance, magic, and/or ritual. Articles between 5,000-9,000 words might
address, but are by no means limited to, the following:

·         Critical analyses of fantastic influenced production designs of
traditional forms of performance (theatre, dance, opera)

·         Critical analyses of adaptations of fantastic narratives for the
stage (from eighteenth-century Gothic melodrama to Wagnerian opera to
musical fantasy)

·         Performance analyses of staged productions (theatre, music, dance)
utilizing fantastic subjects or motifs

·         Fantastic use of performative conventions in non-staged (e.g.,
literary or interactive) narratives

·         Utilization of the fantastic in musical subcultures and their
aesthetics (including Goth, metal, neofolk)

·         Fantastic influences on avant-garde and postmodern performance

·         Fantastic performance as social and/or cultural commentary

·         Evocations of the fantastic in magic, ritual, and liturgical

In accordance with the journal’s policy, all contributions will be
peer-reviewed by JFA and subject to their acceptance. JFA uses MLA style as
defined in the latest edition of MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
(New York: The Modern Language Association). For more details, please see
the journal’s “Submission Guidelines” section online at, or e-mail to request a copy of JFA’s style sheet.

Please e-mail your contributions and/or any queries to the guest editors Jen
Gunnels ( and Isabella van Elferen
( by 1 August 2012.

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