Call for Papers – Lewis Carroll and George MacDonald: An Influential Friendship
Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy
University of Chichester
Saturday, 1 September 2018
Deadline: Friday, 30 March 2018
The works of the Scottish author, poet and minister George MacDonald and the English polymath Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) have been among the strongest of influences on writers of fantasy for the past 150 years. The relationship between these two Victorians is both deep and fascinating and a close examination of that friendship reveals the significant influence they had on each other’s work.
This one-day symposium will examine the life and works of the two writers with particular reference to that friendship, which began in Hastings, and their interests in folklore, fairy tales and fantasy.
We invite proposals for 20-minute presentations on topics including, but not restricted to:
- The authors’ shared views on folklore, fairy tales and fantasy
- Overlapping themes and sources in their literature
- Hastings / Sussex influences and connections
- Lewis Carroll’s photographs of the MacDonald family
- Connections and collaborations with other artists (Alexander Munro, Arthur Hughes, etc.)
- The influence of both authors on other writers, e.g., C.S. Lewis, Tolkien