Sunday, September 25, 2011

Medievalism at NEPCA

A number of papers with medieval subjects will be presented in November at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury Connecticut, from 11-12 November. The complete program is now available online.

FRIDAY, 11 NOV., 4-5:30 PM
8) Science and Technology I/Symposium: Geeks, Gadgets and Games: The Influence of Technology on Media Entertainment in Contemporary Culture (ROOM: WHITE 024)

PAPER 1 OF 3: “From Mighty Thor to Thor: Problematizing the Inherent Societal Values and Individual Identities of “Geek” Culture Artifacts Appropriated by Mainstream America” – Jessica Eckstein and David Kazibut, Western Connecticut State University

SATURDAY, 12 NOV., 8:30-10 AM
6) Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legend II: Legends Old and New (ROOM: WARNER 320)

PAPER 1 OF 4: “The Werewolf: Out of Bounds”—Barry Hall, University of Nizwa

PAPER 2 OF 4: “Robin Hood in Ballad and Film”—Kerry R. Kaleba, George Mason University

PAPER 3 OF 4: “What Do Vampires Have to Do with the Holy Grail? The Transformation of the Grail Legend in Undead Arthuriana”—Michael A. Torregrossa, The Virtual Society for the Study Of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages

SATURDAY, 12 NOV., 10:30 AM - 12 PM 
8) Science Fiction, Fantasy and Legend III: Fantasy (ROOM: WHITE 023)

1. “ ‘Epic’ in Epic-Fantasy Literature”—Robert Luce, Independent Scholar

2. “ Who Is Afraid of Merlin? The Darkening of Merlin in Modern Arthurian Fiction” -- Anne Berthelot, University of Connecticut

3. “ ‘Close This Book Right Now’: The Writer-Character in Children’s Fantasy”-- Amie A. Doughty, SUNY Oneonta

4. “Fandom 2.0: Fantasy, Social Media, and Fan Creativity” -- James Kennedy, Columbia College

SATURDAY, 12 NOV., 1:30-3 PM
2) Comics and Graphic Novels II: Damsels Causing Distress (ROOM: WARNER 226)

PAPER 2 OF 4: “Vampiric Viragoes: Villainizing and Sexualizing Arthurian Women in King Arthur v. Dracula (2005) and Madame Xanadu (2008)”—Kate Allocco, Western Connecticut State University

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