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PRETERNATURAL ENVIRONMENTS: DREAMSCAPES, ALTERNATE REALITIES, LANDSCAPES OF DREAD

Call for Papers for a special issue of Preternature (Issue 6.1)

Preternatural Environments: Dreamscapes, Alternate Realities, Landscapes of Dread

Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2016.

This special issue of Preternature seeks papers that examine elements and/or depictions of the preternatural in all sorts of environments. Scholars are increasingly drawing attention to the importance of spaces and their contexts, the stories we tell about them, and our interactions with them. This volume focuses on preternatural aspects of natural and unnatural environments such as dreamscapes, alternate worlds, and eerie landscapes.

Papers should investigate the connections between preternatural environments and literary, historical, anthropological, and artistic forms of understanding. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Defining the “preternatural environment” / preternatural aspects of an environment.
  • Superstition and spaces.
  • Demonic domains.
  • Artistic representations of preternatural environments across the ages.
  • Aspects of the uncanny in various physical settings.
  • The pathetic fallacy and narrative theory.
  • “Unnatural” landscapes and environments.
  • Bridging natural and preternatural spaces.
  • Preternatural ecology and ecocriticism.
  • Connections between material environments, literary narratives, and the preternatural.
  • Eerie landscapes as characters or significant presences in literature, history, and culture.
  • How preternatural environments inform human behaviour, or how behaviour informs preternatural environments.

Preternature welcomes a variety of approaches, including narrative theory, ecocriticism, and behavioural studies from any cultural, literary, artistic, or historical tradition and from any time period. We particularly encourage submissions dealing with non-Western contexts.

Contributions should be 8,000 – 12,000 words, including all documentation and critical apparatus.

For more information, see: http://www.psupress.org/journals/jnls_submis_Preternature.html or submit directly at: https://www.editorialmanager.com/preternature/default.aspx.

Preternature is published twice annually by the Pennsylvania State Press and is available through JSTOR and Project Muse. This periodical is also indexed in the ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®), http://www.atla.com.

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Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural can be viewed at: https://muse.jhu.edu/journals/preternature/

 

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Smoke Monster

MONSTERS OF THE MARKET

Please get your library to order this title!

http://www.brill.nl/monsters-market

Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism
David McNally

Monsters of the Market investigates the rise of capitalism through the prism of the body-panics it arouses. Drawing on folklore, literature and popular culture, the book links tales of monstrosity from early-modern England, including Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, to a spate of recent vampire- and zombie-fables from sub-Saharan Africa, and it connects these to Marx’s persistent use of monster-metaphors in his descriptions of capitalism. Reading across these tales of the grotesque, Monsters of the Market offers a novel account of the cultural and corporeal economy of a global market-system. The book thus makes original contributions to political economy, cultural theory, commodification-studies and ‘body-theory’.

Biographical note:
David McNally, Ph.D (1983) is Professor of Political Science at York University, Toronto. He is the author of five previous books and has published widely on political economy, Marxism, and contemporary social justice movements.

Readership
All those interested in Marxism, cultural studies, global political economy, as well as students of literature, folklore and popular culture.

Table of Contents:
Acknowledgements
Introduction

1. Dissecting the Labouring Body: Frankenstein, Political Anatomy and the Rise of Capitalism
‘Save my body from the surgeons’
The culture of dissection: anatomy, colonisation and social order
Political anatomy, wage-labour and destruction of the English commons  
Anatomy and the corpse-economy
Monsters of rebellion
Jacobins, Irishmen and Luddites: rebel-monsters in the age of Frankenstein
The rights of monsters: horror and the split society

2. Marx’s Monsters: Vampire-Capital and the Nightmare-World of Late Capitalism
Dialectics and the doubled life of the commodity
The spectre of value and the fetishism of commodities
‘As if by love possessed’: vampire capital and the labouring body
Zombie-labour and the ‘monstrous outrages’ of capital
Money: capitalism’s second nature  
‘Self-birthing’ capital and the alchemy of money
Wild money: the occult economies of late-capitalist globalisation
Enron: case-study in the occult economy of late capitalism
‘Capital comes into the world dripping in blood from every pore’

3. African Vampires in the Age of Globalisation
Kinship and accumulation: from the old witchcraft to the new Zombies, vampires, and spectres of capital: the new occult economies of globalising capitalism  
African fetishes and the fetishism of commodities
The living dead: zombie-labourers in the age of globalisation
Vampire-capitalism in Sub-Saharan Africa   
Bewitched accumulation, famished roads, and the endless toilers of the Earth

Conclusion: Ugly Beauty: Monstrous Dreams of Utopia
References
Index
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Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

FIFTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL ON GLOBAL CULT FILM TRADITIONS

Call for Papers
The 5th International Conference and Festival on Global Cult Film Traditions Presents:

Cine-Excess V: Subverting the Senses: The Politics and Aesthetics of Excess

The Cine-Excess Cult Film Conference and Festival brings together leading international scholars and critics with global cult filmmakers. Cine-Excess comprises of a 3 day conference alongside plenary talks, filmmaker interviews and 5-7 UK theatrical premieres of up and coming cult releases.  The event also features its own dedicated DVD label, with recent releases including the official UK Blu-ray release of Dario Argento’s Suspiria (1977).  A new director’s cut of Cannibal Holocaust (1979) is currently being completed in conjunction with Shameless Films for release in Summer 2011.

Previous guests of honour to the annual Cine-Excess event have included John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, The Blues Brothers, Trading Places), Roger Corman (The Masque of the Red Death, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Intruder, The Wild Angels, Bloody Mama), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, King of the Ants, Stuck) and Brian Yuzna (Society, Beyond Re-Animator, The Dentist), Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria, Inferno) and Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins, The Hole.) Our keynotes have included Sir Christopher Frayling (Head of the Arts Council), Professor Mark Jancovich (University of East Anglia), Professor Martin Barker (University of Wales, Aberystwyth), Matt Hills (University of Cardiff), Professor Jeffrey Sconce (Northwestern University), Professor Chris Jenks (Brunel University) and Professor Richard Dyer (Kings College, London.)

Papers from Cine-Excess III are currently being developed into the book Screening the Undead to be published by I.B. Tauris.  A Cine-Excess Journal is also under development and will publish further papers from the forthcoming conference.

Cine-Excess V focuses on the theme of the controversial cult image in its political, historical and aesthetic contexts. With the resurgence of critical interest in the 1980s ‘video nasties’, as well as whole new generation of films being subject to official state control, the cult image is now becoming a crucial index between the censor and the censored. In order to investigate this further, Cine-Excess V will consider global case-studies of the controversial cult image, looking at both their political and aesthetic particularities. The event will consider the cult image in a broad remit, focusing on a range of cult media and technologies, including film, television, games, comics, and digital media. Proposals are welcomed on, but not limited to, the following topics and areas:

* Rediscovering the Horrific Real: The Resurgence of ‘Realist’ horror cinema

* Red, White and Grue-some: New Generations of US Splatter

* Realm of the Censored: Case-Studies of the Censored Image

* Trans-European Excess: Cult Controversies from the New Europe

* Censored Communities: Cult Audiences and the Subcultural

* I Split on Your Grave Again and Again and Again: Neo-Nasties and Retro Remakes

* Euotrashed! Extreme Auteurs From Ruggero Deodato, Umberto Lenzi, Joe D’Amato and Beyond

* The Ontology of Obscenity: The Politics and Aesthetics of the Erotic Image

* Degraded Genres, Debated Tastes: Cannibal Movies, Zombie Flicks, Torture Porn and Beyond

* Chrome, Metal and Controversy:  Cult Biker, Cop and Gang Flicks

* ‘Extreme’ television: From Masters of Horror to Dead Set and Beyond

* Perverse Pedagogies: Teaching the Controversial Image

* Extreme Icons: Cult Performers, Performative Excess.

* National and transnational traditions and stylistic practices

* Four-colour, fumetti and graphic novels – cult, comics and graphic adaptations

* Technologies of Terror: Remediating Controversial Images in New media

* Female Avengers: Controversial Cult Femmes

* Third World Threats: Cult Controversies Beyond the Western Gaze

* Aesthetics of ‘restraint’ and ‘excess’

* The Devil Within Her: The Cult Possession Movie

We welcome individual paper submissions, panels and roundtable proposals. Please send a 300-word abstract and a short (one page) C.V. by 7th March 2011 to:

Leon Hunt, Co-Director of Cine-Excess V, School of Arts: leon.hunt@brunel.ac.uk  
Filippo Del Lucchese, Co-Director of Cine-Excess V, School of Social Sciences: filippo.dellucchese@brunel.ac.uk

Cine-Excess V is currently confirming its line-up of filmmaking Guests of Honour and its official UK theatrical premieres for official release in February 2011. For further information and regular updates on the event please visit http://www.cine-excess.co.uk or contact: Xavier Mendik, Director of the Cine-Excess International Cult Film Conference and Festival Director of the Cine-Excess DVD Label School of Arts, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH: Xavier.mendik@brunel.ac.uk

‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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