The Fairy Tale after Angela Carter

22 – 25 April 2009
2009 will mark the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber, a story collection which has had a profound and pervasive impact on our understanding of and engagement with the fairy tale.

‘The Fairy Tale after Angela Carter’ will take the anniversary as the starting point for an assessment of the state of the fairy tale and of fairy-tale studies in the wake of The Bloody Chamber. It will take ‘after’ in both senses of the word, to suggest influence – both direct and indirect – as well as chronology. As such, the primary focus will be the critical and creative legacy of Carter’s work as writer, critic, editor and translator of fairy tales. Fairy-tale studies is an inherently interdisciplinary field, one in which there is a mutually enriching relationship between literary-historical scholarship and various forms of creative practice. The aim of the conference will be to stage and explore this relationship as energetically as possible; to assess the state of current critical and creative practice, as well as to pinpoint future directions for writing and research. Selected conference papers will be published in a special issue of Marvels & Tales (2010)

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Jack Zipes, University of Minnesota
Marina Warner, University of Essex
Cristina Bacchilega, University of Hawai’i
Donald Haase, Wayne State University

Call For Papers

Suggested topics
• New cultural, political and social histories of the fairy tale
• Fairy-tale aesthetics after The Bloody Chamber
• The theory and practice of fairy-tale fantasy in the wake of Angela Carter
• The fairy tale and fiction after The Bloody Chamber
• The fairy tale after postmodernism
• The fairy tale and contemporary opera (composers such as Heinz Holliger, Helmut Lachenman
and John Woolrich)
• The fairy tale and contemporary visual art
(artists such as Paula Rego, Kiki Smith, Vanessa Jane Phaff and Louise Bourgeois)
• The fairy tale and contemporary children’s literature, including illustrated books
• The fairy tale and contemporary cinema
• The fairy tale and contemporary theatre
• The fairy tale and new media
• Orality, textuality and virtual spaces
• The fairy tale and translation

Please send abstracts (300 words, plus brief biographical details) and ideas for panels to The deadline for the submission of proposals is 3 November 2008. We also welcome suggestions for readings and related events.

Informal inquiries should be directed by email to Stephen Benson:

Conference organisers: Stephen Benson (University of East Anglia) and Andrew Teverson (University of Kingston.)