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#21 theagenes

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 08:12 PM

Here is the Pulp Studies CFP for the 2012 PCA/ACA National Conference in Boston next April. Justin has indicated there will be at least one REH session and possibly more. The deadline for submitting abstracts/proposals has been extended to December 23rd, so if anyone's interested you still have three weeks to get something in.

Call for Proposals

The Legacy of Pulp Fiction

Pulp Studies Area

Popular Culture/American Culture Association National Conference

Boston, MA

April 11-14 2012


Although often viewed as a site for literary works with little value and short shelf lives, pulp fiction continues to be instrumental in shaping the literary landscape of Anglophone cultures. In spite of its status among the literati as being of little worth, the pulps—particularly those of the early 20th century—have played an important role in shaping popular genres of modern fiction, including detective, adventure, spicy, romance, science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Further, these working-class fictions, with their focus on masculinity, femininity, action, sex, and adventure, gave voice to the hopes and fears of the common working man or woman in a way that was often ignored by so-called “literary” fiction. Pulp magazines have also often been the site for the introduction of new—and often controversial—cultural issues, such as space travel, alien abduction, drug addiction, homosexuality, sado-masochism, crime, and pornography. Though pulp magazines are largely thought of as artifacts of the past, they continue to influence television, movies, comics, cyberculture, genre fiction, and even literary fiction (gasp!) to this very day. Further, cyberpulps have begun to emerge on the Internet, and old pulps have found new audiences through e-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle.
With this in mind, we are calling for papers and panels that discuss the pulps and their influence broadly. In addition to the pulps themselves, topics can include comics, films, cyberculture, and more that are built upon pulp themes. Suggested authors and topics:
  • Magazines: Amazing Stories, Weird Tales, Wonder Stories, Fight Stories, All-Story, Argosy, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Spicy Detective, Oriental Stories/Magic Carpet Magazine, Love Story, Flying Aces, Black Mask, and Unknown, to name a few.
  • Editors and Owners: Street and Smith (Argosy), Farnsworth Wright (Weird Tales), Hugo Gernsback (Amazing Stories), Mencken and Nathan (Black Mask), John Campbell (Astounding).
  • Influential Writers: H.P. Lovecraft, A. E. Merritt, Robert E. Howard, C. L. Moore, Fritz Leiber, Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Donald Wandrei, Clark Ashton Smith, and Henry Kuttner. Proposals about contemporary writers in the pulp tradition, such as Joe Lansdale and Michael Chabon are also encouraged. New Weird writers and others, such as China Mieville, whose work is influenced by the pulps, are also of interest.
  • Influences on Pulp Writers: Robert Bloch, H. Rider Haggard, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack London, and Edgar Rice Burroughs were all influences, along with literary and philosophical figures such as Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Friedrich Nietzsche, Edgar Allen Poe, and Herbert Spencer.
  • Popular Characters: Conan of Cimmeria; Doc Savage; Solomon Kane; Buck Rogers; Northwest Smith; The Domino Lady; Jiril of Jiory; Zorro; Kull of Atlantis; El Borak; The Shadow; The Spider; Bran Mak Morn; Nick Carter; The Avenger; and Captain Future, among others. Also character types: the femme fatale, the he-man, the trickster, racism and villainy (such as Charles Middleton’s Ming the Merciless), and more.
  • Artists: Popular cover artists including Margaret Brundage (Weird Tales), Frank R. Paul (Amazing Stories), Virgil Finlay (Weird Tales), and Edd Cartier (The Shadow, Astounding).
  • Periods: The dime novels; Argosy and the ancestral pulps; Weird Tales, Amazing Stories, and the heyday of the pulps; the decline of the pulps in the 50s and 60s; pulps in the age of the Internet.
  • Theme and Styles: Masculinity, femininity, and sex as related to the heroic in the pulps; the savage as hero, the woman as hero, the trickster as hero, etc.
  • Film, Television and Graphic Arts: Pulps in film, television, comics, graphic novels and other forms are especially encouraged. Possible topics could include film interpretations such as Conan the Barbarian, comic book incarnations of pulp magazines and series; “new weird” reinventions of the pulps such as the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and The Watchmen; fan films; and newer productions, including the recently released Solomon Kane and Conan.
  • Cyberculture: Cyberpulps such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies and pulp-influenced games such as the Age of Conan MMORPG or the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game.
These are but suggestions for potential panels and presentations. Proposals on other topics are welcome.

Final Submission Deadline: December 15, 2011
· When submitting your paper, abstract, proposal, or panel please include your name, affiliation, and email address. For those submitting a panel, include the name, affiliation, and email address for each participant and note who will be the principle contact and panel chair.
· Abstracts should be approximately 250 words in length.
· Indicate if presentation media is required. Projectors will be present in most locations, but presenters must supply their own computers.
· A preliminary version of the schedule will usually be posted on our website in January. Due to the number of panels and participants, we are unable to accommodate individual scheduling requests. We encourage participants to come for the entire conference. The final version of the schedule will be distributed in hard copy at the conference with addendums if needed. For privacy reasons we do not publish email addresses in the online version of the program.
· Only one paper is accepted from the same presenting author. All presenters, including invited panel speakers and session chairs, must register and pay the conference registration fee. If you need an early confirmation for visa or budgetary reasons, please indicate this in your submission.
How to Submit Proposals: Submit proposals by December 15 through the following website: http://ncp.pcaaca.org/
Note: Only papers submitted through the website will appear in the conference program. If you have any questions, please contact the Pulp Studies area coordinators:
Justin Everett
University of the Sciences
j.everet@usciences.edu]j.everet@usciences.edu

Deirdre Pettipiece
West Chester University
dpettipiece@wcupa.edu

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 03:41 PM

It's PCA time again. I'll be heading out for Boston in a couple of days. The Pulp Studies sessions will be on Thursay afternoon.


Pulp Studies I: Masculinity and Femininity in the Pulps
Session Chair: Justin Everett

“Behold Ye Now the Dance:” Sexual Selection in “Queen of the Black Coast”
Deirdre Pettipiece, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

C.L. Moore and M. Brundage: Competing Femininities in the October, 1934 issue of Weird Tales
Jonathan Helland, Univeristy of Wisconsin, Eau Claure

Weird Masculinities: Patriarchy and Otherness in Fantastic Pulps
Brad Congdon, Dalhousie University


Pulp Studies II: H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and the Horror Tradition
Session Chair: Deirdre Pettipiece

“The Gorilla’s Loose!” Robert E. Howard and the Gorilla in Popular Culture
Mark Finn, Independent Scholar

If Books Could Kill: Censorship, Modernism, and the Necronomicon
Nethaniel Cadle, Florida International University

Immigration, Degeneration, and Monsters: Eugenic Nightmares in H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness
Justin Everett, University of the Sciences

Pulp Studies III: From Savage to King: Robert E. Howard's Conan of Cimmeria
Session Chair: Daniel Nyikos

"I Was a Man Before I Was a King:" An Examination of Conan's Kingship
Daniel Nyikos, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Robert E Howard’s Conan the Cimmerian
Ryan Monk, Utah State University

The Influence of Altsherler's Young Trailers Series on Howard's Pictish Wilderness Fiction
Robert McIlvaine, Slippery Rock University


It's great to see Daniel and Jonathon back, plus there are few new faces. My paper on Breck will be on Friday in one of the Westerns sections. It will be a chance to expose the Breck to a new, hopefully receptive, audience.

Westerns and the West V: Defining the Western, Creating the Cowboy
Session Chair: Paul Lumsden, Grant MacEwan University

Gouged Eyes and Chawed Ears: The Rough and Tumble World of Breckinridge Elkins
Jeffrey Shanks, National Park Service

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:12 AM

Neat! B)

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 11:12 AM

I thought the conference went really well. REH was very well-represented and well-received. Mark, Daniel, and Jonathan gave excellent papers. It seemed like the Western folks really enjoyed Breck. There was another REH paper in the SF/fantasy section by an Irish literature scholar that argued that REH should be included in the canon of early 20th century Irish-American literature alongside F. Scott Fitzgerald and Margaret Mitchell.
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 03:56 PM

I thought the conference went really well. REH was very well-represented and well-received. Mark, Daniel, and Jonathan gave excellent papers. It seemed like the Western folks really enjoyed Breck. There was another REH paper in the SF/fantasy section by an Irish literature scholar that argued that REH should be included in the canon of early 20th century Irish-American literature alongside F. Scott Fitzgerald and Margaret Mitchell.


YES YES YES YES YES

YES

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 04:28 PM


I thought the conference went really well. REH was very well-represented and well-received. Mark, Daniel, and Jonathan gave excellent papers. It seemed like the Western folks really enjoyed Breck. There was another REH paper in the SF/fantasy section by an Irish literature scholar that argued that REH should be included in the canon of early 20th century Irish-American literature alongside F. Scott Fitzgerald and Margaret Mitchell.


YES YES YES YES YES

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That was exactly what I was thinking. :)

There may be a couple of good publishing opportunities coming out of this as well. I am starting to think that while it's good to give papers in the pulp studies section in order to keep it strong, it might be better to start branching out into the other genre specific areas so we're not just preaching to the choir. For example, the Western folks had no idea the "Conan guy" wrote westerns, but once they found out they thought it was great and wanted to know more.
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 03:27 AM

I think the panels describing Robert E. Howard as an important Irish writer and Robert E. Howard as an influential Western writer were both fantastic. The audience responded well, and I think getting the word out there is slowly but surely spreading our tentacles through the disciplines.

But I must say that it's a real pleasure to sit in a room full of Howard nerds who all have shelves full of Howardian stories, comics, (action figures, films, video games...). It might be preaching to the choir, but conversations with those who know Howard much better than I do lets me stop being the one saying, "No, Robert E. Howard is great and you should read him!" and lets me be the one who knows (comparatively) little for a while, just sitting back and learning. Howard (and weird fiction in general--I'm not forgetting Moore, Brundage, and Kuttner in our sessions) panels can be more in-depth, biographical, and analytical than more general introduction panels to an audience who know Howard as the guy who wrote Cona. I have to admit the Weird Tales panels are the reason I came back (and hope to come back again!).

So I think I just ended up repeating what you just said about both kinds of panels being important, but really I'd just like to add that I had a great time and thanks to everyone for coming and sharing your love of Robert E. Howard with us!