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Weird Council: an international conference on the writing of China Mieville

Starts Sep 14, 2012 10:00 AM
Finishes Sep 15, 2012 05:00 PM
Venue Senate House, University of London
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Keynote speakers: Professor Sherryl Vint (UC Riverside)
Professor Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck, University of London)
Response and Q&A from China Miéville

We are pleased to announce the first academic conference dedicated to the work of China Miéville.  The winner of multiple awards, Miéville has developed a distinguished body of fictional work since the publication of his first novel, King Rat, in 1999.  Having published nine novels (with his next forthcoming in May 2012) as well as a collection of short stories, Miéville is also a respected literary critic, political activist and legal scholar. His post-Suvinian working through of the “Fantastic” as a generic category encompassing science fiction, fantasy and the Gothic, as well as avant-garde traditions such as Surrealism, has been influential in cutting across received boundaries of genre. Miéville has recently been credited as “leading revolutions in fantasy as both a writer and a critic” (in a 2009 special edition of SF journal Extrapolation dedicated to his work). His fiction spans a wide variety of themes, contexts and genre-blurring literary traditions, which metaphorically explores, among other things, the implications of lived cultural, racial and geographical boundaries, collective struggle, and bodily affect.