Conference on The Supernatural in Literature and Film
29-31 March 2014, Shetland, UK
Objects of fascination and horror.
Ever since the dawn of literature, the supernatural has played a role in the stories
humanity tells about itself. But how can we compare Medieval historical writing –
with its naturalistic narratives of fairies, demons, and monsters – with present-day
written and film fiction concerning vampires, aliens, and ghosts? What are today’s
readers to make of Medieval texts of a consciously fictional nature? Even in 12th
Century Britain, the serious author Gerald of Wales could criticise his earlier contemporary
Geoffrey of Monmouth for writing lies, yet Gerald himself delights in tales of demons
and enchantment. Film and literature’s fascination with the supernatural is no less
complex today: Whether ‘weird fiction’, Hollywood’s fairy tale reboots, ancient evils
of Lovecraftian horror, literary mysticism, the vampires and werewolves of the Twilight
books and movies, or the vengeful ghosts and giant monsters that wreak habitual destruction
in Japanese cinema, popular culture has never been more magical.
The conference will be based on the windswept island of Unst, Shetland. 29-30 March
will feature presentations by academics and practitioners on the subject of the supernatural
in literature and film. It will also be possible to hear talks from the conference
Folk Belief and Traditions of the Supernatural. On 31 March, delegates will have
the opportunity to take part in excursions and other events.
Call for papers & registration.
The call for papers is now closed.
Attendance at the conference is open to all interested individuals. In order to attend,
it is necessary for you to register in advance.