Conference on The Supernatural in Literature and Film

Country: China

City: Macau

Abstr. due: 30.08.2014

Dates: 26.03.15 — 28.03.15

Area Of Sciences: Arts; Cultural science;

Organizing comittee e-mail: agrydehoj@islanddynamics.org

Organizers: Island Dynamics

 

Objects of fascination and horror.

Although tales of the supernatural are as old as literature itself, they have never fallen completely out of fashion but have instead kept pace with the times. Whereas the hero of the Medieval Beowulf poem vanquished beasts from beyond Anglo-Saxon civilisation and the knights in Spenser’s Early Modern Faerie Queen fought in an allegorical Holy War, the supernatural continues to shed light on its societal context in today’s literature and film. For instance, changing cultural and scientific trends have caused Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) to mean  something different from the diverse Transylvanian vampires of Murnau (1922), Universal Studios (1931), Hammer Films (1958-74), Polanski (1967), Coppola (1992), Brooks (1995), Argento (2012), and so on.


Yet the literary and cinematic supernatural cannot merely be regarded as an artistic technique for coping with human aspirations and fears; it also relates to genuine historical or contemporary religious and folk beliefs. Relative to their fictional reflections, such real-world beliefs may serve entirely different purposes—or indeed, no purposes at all.


From friendly ghosts to vengeful spirits, from dainty fairies to Lovecraftian horrors, from magic dragons to atomic monsters, the literary and cinematic supernatural has had an enduring influence on how we live our lives.


Conference Web-Site: http://www.islanddynamics.org/supernaturalconference-2015.html