Friday, February 12, 2010  
TCAF: Call for Submissions, "New Narrative" Academic Conference

:: Posted by BK @ 2/12/2010 02:20:00 AM
Once again, Andrew Lesk is organizing an academic conference on comics to coincide with the Toronto Comics Art Festival:


3rd annual New Narrative Conference:
Narrative arts and visual media
An Interdisciplinary Conference
University of Toronto -- May 6-7, 2010

Keynote Speaker: Jeff Lemire (Tales of Essex County)

In keeping with the spirit of sequels, we are again soliciting papers on a wide range of graphic novels, comic art, and related visual media. Comics, whether in the form of novelistic illustrations, newspaper serials, animated films, film adaptations, graphic novels, or sequential art narratives, have been with us since the rise of literature itself, yet until recently such media have never been considered "serious"-or at least, serious enough to be considered novels that might be on university syllabi. But are illustrated novels and live action films really about the pictures and not the narrative? How can the history of the form be reconciled with consumer culture and the ill-defined categories of "high" and "low" culture?

Papers which examine and interpret these narratives in interdisciplinary forms are most welcome. Essays on novelistic illustrations, newspaper serials, animated films, film adaptations, graphic novels, or sequential art narratives may consider the following (incomplete) list: graphic novels and auto/biography -- illustrated and multi-media works -- web design and on-line comix -- film adaptations of comics -- series; engravings and caricatures -- the Comics Code Authority -- the "invention" of manga -- geopolitics/war and the graphic novel -- bande desinee & European comix - early comics & comic history -- illustrations in (literary) novels -- woodcut and "silent" artists.

Proposals should be 400-500 words and must clearly indicate significance, the line of argument, principal texts considered, and relation to existing scholarship (or originality).

One email copy of the proposal, and a 50 word bio note must be included, as an attachment in MS Word.

This conference will take place just before the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, May 8 & 9. (See TorontoComics.com)

Jeff Parker, Assistant Professor, and/or Dr. Andrew Lesk
Department of English, University of Toronto
E-mail: andrew[dot]lesk[at]utoronto[dot]ca
See also http://andrewlesk.com/conferences.html

DEADLINE for proposals: MARCH 31, 2010
(responses by April 08, 2010)

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