Literature of the Hidden and Fantastic
September 23-24 2016
"The Fantastic or Mythical is a Mode available at all ages for some readers; for others, at none. At all ages, if it is well used by the author and meets the right reader, it has the same power: to generalise while remaining concrete, to present in palpable form not concepts or even experiences but whole classes of experience, and to throw off irrelevances. But at its best it can do more; it can give us experiences we have never had and thus, instead of commenting on life, can add to it."
C. S. Lewis, "Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What's to Be Said" from the book On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature
It is a pleasure to invite you to join us in exploring Literature of the Hidden and Fantastic. The conference is organized by The Honors International Studies Program at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith and will take place on the UAFS campus in Fort Smith, Arkansas on September 23rd and 24th, 2016.
Confirmed Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Michael Ward, Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, author of Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis; co-editor of Heresies and How to Avoid Themand The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis.
The theme of Literature of the Hidden and Fantastic will be an exploration of all aspects of fantasy, magic realism, fairy tales and folk tales, and in particular, their more arcane or enigmatic qualities and/or structures.