After Grimm: Fairy Tales and the Art of Story Telling 6-8 Sept 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS by 31 Jan 2012
2012 is the bicentenary of the publication of the first volume of the Kinder- und Hausmärchen [Children’s and Household Tales] by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. As this groundbreaking collection moves into its third century, this conference explores the trajectory of the Grimm phenomenon in Britain and the English-speaking world. Examining the varied and colourful reception history of this collection of tales, this conference will discuss the most recent fairy- tale scholarship, as well as looking forward to possible future developments. The Grimm bicentenary will also be celebrated through story-telling events, readings, a creative writing prize, and an exhibition of illustrations.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Professor Donald Haase, Neil Philip, Professor Marina Warner and Professor Jack Zipes

Previously this conference was billed as two distinct events. Now Kingston University and The Sussex Centre for Folklore Fairy Tales and Fantasy at The University of Chichester are delighted to announce that they will be collaborating on a single event. Proposals for conference papers are invited on any aspect of fairy tale and storytelling over the last two-hundred years, but particularly in the following subjects:

The Oral Tradition within Grimms’ Tales
The literary origins of the Grimms’ ‘folktales’
Translations of Grimms’ tales into English
The influence of Grimm upon British collectors of fairy tales
The impact of Grimms’ tales upon world literatures in English
Uses of Grimms’ tales in English-language visual media
Grimms’ tales and Romanticism
Grimms’ tales in Victorian Britain
Grimms’ tales in colonial and post-colonial contexts
Illustrations and art works relating to Grimms’ tales
Grimms’ tales in the electronic age
Memes, Tropes and Unchanging Elements
Telling Stories with Pictures
Songs as Stories
Reading Aloud
Performing Grimm
Packaging Grimm (illustrations, book covers, merchandising etc)
Fairy tales in (popular) culture
Retellings, Revisions and Reworkings
Adapting to New Audiences
New Fairy Tales
Fairy Tales on Stage and on Screen
Gossip, Slander, Rumour and News

This multi-disciplinary conference will welcome contributions from any disciplinary perspective including proposals to read creative work, screen films, mount performances and exhibit visual work.

Abstract submission
Please submit an abstract of approximately 300 words, and a brief contributor’s bio online at:

Deadline: January 31st 2012.

Prof Bill Gray (Sussex Centre for Folklore Fairy Tales and Fantasy, University of Chichester) e:
Dr Andrew Teverson (Kingston University) e:

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