During the upcoming conference, we intend to re-examine the fairy tale in ways that will shed light on the genre's position within the conservative and innovative forces that make up for the historical development of literatures. More specifically, we will take off from the idea that throughout its history, the fairy tale has provided authors with a space in which they could engage in literary experimentation and self-consciously reflect on contemporary trends in the literary field. As a result, it was often tied up with or even constituted literary vanguard impulses.
This conference will include presentations by a wide array of internation scholars, concerning:
•Theoretical and historical reflections on the literary discourse of the fairy tale genre
•The metaliterary use of fairy tales
•The programmatic paratextual framing of fairy tale collections
•Literary experimentation in fairy tales
•Fairy tales and the formation of national literatures
•The fairy tale's response to and impact on developments within the larger literary field, e.g. its active participation in literary vanguards and movements, its shifting properties in globalized literature, its response to the introduction of new media
Keynote speakers: Jack Zipes (University of Minnesota), Cristina Bacchilega (University of Hawai'i) and Ute Heidmann (University of Lausanne)
Registration online. Full participation includes coffee breaks, lunches, a conference reception, a guided folklore walk through the city of Ghent, and an evening at the Ghent municipal theatre NTGent with fairy tale authors and artists Rikki Ducornet, Carll Cneut and Bernard De Wulf.
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