Organization: Faculty of Philology, University of Montenegro
Faculty of Philology
Department of Translation Studies
University of Montenegro
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CALL FOR PAPERS
Logos et Littera: Journal of Interdisciplinary Approaches to Text is an academic/scholarly international journal, published by the Faculty of Philology – Department of Translation Studies, University of Montenegro (the former Institute of Foreign Languages). It is currently indexed in the following journal citation databases: DOAJ, ProQuest’s LLBA, Erih Plus, Linguist List, MLA Bibligraphy, MLA Directory of Periodicals, CiteFactor and MIAR.
FANTASY LITERATURE IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM
The end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century saw a growing interest in fantasy both in terms of the fantastic (we should only remember the enormous success of the Harry Potter franchise, the various adaptations of Tolkien’s and J.R.R Martin’s narratives and numerous retellings of the classic fairy-tales and their adaptations for the screen both in the West and in Russia) and the uncanny (various vampire narratives as well as revisiting the siren/mermaid narrative which turns out to be nothing like that of Andersen). The evident success of the fantastic might be attributed to a growing insecurity at the turn of the century and re-thinking of the old paradigms, with the old paradigms crumbling and the new ones having not been established yet. The liberal late-capitalist societies seem to have exhausted their potential to successfully cater to the existential dread of the human condition heightened by the growing awareness of the fragility of the very world we inhabit. This state corresponds to the sociological phenomenon of anomie as seen by Durkheim (1951) and Orru (1987). This phenomenon describes a social instability resulting from a decline of the generally accepted values that is, of normative structures of social systems, where an individual feels insecurity, anxiety and meaninglessness (Šram 2007: 103). This is why we turn to fantasy, since “It is through the fictive projections of our imaginations based on personal experience that we have sought to grasp, explain, alter, and comment on reality” (Zipes 2008: 3). Therefore, whenever humanity is at a loss to cope with the challenges presented before it, a window towards fantasy opens or, as Zipes would comment on the canonical fantasy texts:
unlike reality, they allegedly open the mysteries of life and reveal ways in which we can maintain ourselves and our integrity in a conflict-ridden world. They compensate for the constant violation of nature and life itself and for the everyday violation of our lives engendered through spectacle. They contest reality and also become conflated with reality. Our fantasy and the fantasies that we conceive have become desperate, because they are outstripped by real existing conditions that instrumentalize them at every waking second of our day, and even when we slumber (2008: 3).
Against this backdrop, we welcome papers that address, but are not limited to, the following topics and questions:
- The relationship of the resurgence of fantasy literature and modern technologies and science as well as the modern theories of trans-humanism and post-humanism
- A steady, decades-long interest in the folk tale in authorial narratives and film adaptations
- Indigenous folk tales and/or their influence on authorial narratives
- Slavic folk tales; the renewed interest Russian folk fairytales on-screen adaptations
For guidelines and instructions, as well as our publishing policies, please visit the
website of the journal – www.ll.ac.me.
To submit a paper, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Deadline for submitting papers to appear in Issue 6, Volume 1 (to be published by
15 July 2019) is 1 June 2019.
We are looking forward to receiving your contributions.
Editor: Vesna Brati?, PhD
Guest editor: Dijana Vu?kovi?, PhD
Editor-in-chief: Milica Vukovi? Stamatovi?, PhD