I’m sorry for the rather quiet summer, but I have been rather busy with one thing. However, on Monday evening, I sent the files with my dissertation off to the printers, although rather than feeling a weight taken off my shoulders, I promptly caught some sort of virus.
Anyway. For anyone interested, I will defend said dissertation October 16, at 10.15 a.m. in room A129b, at the Centre for Languages and Literature (SOL) of Lund University. The defence is a public affair, and anyone interested in fantasy and hanging around in the Lund/Malmö area are welcome to attend. The faculty opponent is Professor Brian Attebery, author of for instance Strategies of Fantasy, co-editor (with Ursula K. Le Guin) of The Norton Book of Science Fiction, and editor of Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. The defence usually takes just over two hours and will be in English.
Also, for anyone interested in the scholarly aspect of fantasy or science fiction, I will be chairing a public panel discussion about fantasy, sf, and the academy on Friday October 15 at 1.15 p.m. (also in A129b at the Centre for Languages and Literature). Apart from Brian Attebery, the panel includes Tom Shippey (e.g. Tolkien: Author of the Century and The Road to Middle-earth), Farah Mendlesohn who has written Rhetorics of Fantasy and edited e.g. The Cambridge Book of Science Fiction and A Short History of Fantasy together with another panelist, Edward James, who also has written e.g. Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century. Also on the panel will be Robert Maslen, author of Elizabethan Fictions and Shakespeare and Comedy and of numerous essays on 20th century fantastic fiction. You will not find such an esteemed collection of fantasy and sf scholars on the same panel again in Sweden anytime soon.
So if you are at all interested in sf or fantasy scholarship and expect to be in the vicinity of Lund the 15th and 16th of October, mark these dates in your calendar. Oh, and don’t be shy: come up and say hi to me!