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Sunday, May 27 • 10:00am - 11:20am
Do You Believe in Magic?: The Narrative Construction of Magical Worlds, Creatures, and Characters

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As is often the case in the examination of the mainstream literary cannon, works incorporating “traditional” magic, Afro-diasporic voodoo and Santeria, and other mystical cosmologies are frequently dismissed as non-literature in an increasingly secular and data-driven world. But by violating the laws of empirical reality, magical narratives challenge the preferred Western emphasis on science to make room for cultural, religious, and social practices inexplicable in scientific terms.

  • Ivy Roberts – “Spell-casting as Illusion-Dance: The Look and Laws of Physical Magic in The Magicians”
  • Summer Sutton – “Everything at Once yet Not Any One Thing: Reclaiming Scattered Histories in Andrea Hairston’s Will Do Magic for Small Change”
  • Erin Guydish - "It’s More than Just a Game of Thrones"

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Aisha Matthews

Director of Literature Programs at Escape Velocity, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more... Read More →

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Erin Guydish

Exploring literature as a way of understanding reality has long been a passion of Erin’s, from a world where one small Lorax seed and a young person could make a difference, to novels describing a world where racial prejudices are erased, then inverted, to books describing how imagination... Read More →
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Ivy Roberts

Ivy Roberts, Ph.D. is a scholar of media history and culture. She is an instructor in the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA). Dr. Roberts is the author of Visions of Electric Media: Television in the Victorian and Machine Ages (2018) and editor... Read More →
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Summer Sutton

Summer Sutton is a soon-to-be PhD student at the University of California, Riverside, where she will pursue her research in feminist science studies and the intersections between SF studies and cultural studies. She currently resides in Williamsburg, Virginia but is looking forward... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 10:00am - 11:20am
 Woodrow Wilson D

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