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A Fiend in the Furrows: Perspectives on "Folk Horror" in Literature, Film and Music
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A Fiend in the Furrows: Perspectives on "Folk Horror" in Literature, Film and Music

9/19/2014 to 9/21/2014

When: 9/19/2014
Where: Queens University Belfast
Belfast  
Northern Ireland

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"A Fiend in the Furrows” is a three-day conference in association with the School of English at Queen's University Belfast, exploring British "folk horror" in literature, film, television, and music. The event will include academic papers, film screenings, musical performances, and readings.

http://blogs.qub.ac.uk/folkhorror/

Supernatural and horrific aspects of folklore inform the Gothic and weird writings of M.R. James, Arthur Machen and Algernon Blackwood, where philosophical and religious certainties are haunted and challenged by the memory of older cultural traditions. Folklore has a profound and unsettling impact on the imaginative perception of landscape, identity, time and the past. Folk memory is often manifested as an intrusive and violent breach from an older repressed, "primitive” or "barbarous” state that transgresses the development of cultural order. Gothic and weird fictions are burgeoning as the focus of serious academic enquiry in philosophy and literary criticism, and the genres continue to have an impact on popular culture.

Through the writing of Nigel Kneale and Alan Garner, among others, the tradition has influenced British horror cinema and television, being revived and reimagined in films such as Quatermass and the Pit (1967), The Devil Rides Out (1968), Witchfinder General (1968), Blood on Satan's Claw (1971), The Wicker Man (1973), and more recently in Ben Wheatley's Kill List (2011) and A Field in England (2013). The conference will examine "folk horror" texts, films and music in their period context and the implications for British culture's understanding of its own unsettled past.

Proposals are welcomed for presentations that engage with various aspects of "folk horror” from researchers in the disciplines of Literature, Film Studies, Music, Drama, History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Folklore, Geography, Art History, Philosophy and Theology. Presentation topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Late 19th century Gothic literature
  • Early 20th century weird fiction
  • Modernism and weird fiction
  • The ghost story
  • Contemporary horror and fantasy fiction
  • Children's literature
  • Folklore collectors and redactors
  • Folklore and the supernatural
  • Primitivism, atavism, degeneration
  • Rural and urban folklore
  • Horror cinema and television
  • Folk music

Please submit a 300 word abstract together with a brief biography to: folkhorror@qub.ac.uk - by 1st June 2014.

 
 

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