15/06/2019: Monographic issue “The fantastic and ideology” (coord. Alfons Gregori)
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The unfounded accusation that makes non-mimetic literature an industrial product geared exclusively to evasion and entertainment contains a somewhat more corrosive background idea: if an artist uses his/her imagination avoiding a strict mimetic style, then he/she is committing a serious betrayal of the ideological commitment for just causes. The semantic link in which both bad attitudes converge is the idea of desertion: the abandonment of combat for one’s own security and in order to satisfy the enemy, while this kind of works, their authors and readers are infantilized. In this sense, the binomial entertainment-collaborationism has been shaped as a postulate in western countries, though having little to do with the actual functioning of ideological meanings in cultural systems, since the high popularity of non-mimetic literary or audio-visual works multiply the effectiveness of their metaphorical or allegorical readings of sociopolitical phenomena.
When focusing on the study of fantastic fiction in any of its artistic aspects (narrative, film, TV, theatre, comics, videogames, etc.), the imbrication of ideology in their textual and visual manifestations is an aspect yet to be developed. Although several outstanding works examine this issue, there is still a long way to achieve a more or less consensual ensemble of theoretical approaches that would allow a dialogue between researchers, beyond those relevant contributions that, though quite original, are few and lack continuity.
Amongst others, we propose here some thematic branches:
Ideological critique through fantastic motifs
Conceptualization of values by means of fantastic metaphors
Comparison of ideological elements in fantastic fiction belonging to different literary systems
Outward expressions of particular ideologies in fantastic works: nationalism, liberalism, feminism, anarchism, socialism, etc.
Authorship of fantastic texts and ideological construction
Brumal will only consider works of a fantastic nature as defined by the journal, hereby only accepting papers on other non-mimetic genres such as the marvellous or science fiction if and when they are related to fantastic narrative.