200 Years of The Nutcracker: Call for Papers

(please note: this event is not hosted by Nineteenth-Century Studies at ARU, but we are looking forward to attending it!)

Date: Saturday 3 December 2016

Location: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

Special Guests:
Maria Tatar (Harvard University)
Kevin Crossley-Holland (Carnegie Medal Winning Children’s Author)

In 1816 E.T.A. Hoffman published his children’s story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Alexandre Dumas, author of The Three Musketeers, later translated this story, inspiring Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker, which has become a common part of Christmas rituals in the contemporary West. Hoffman’s work has inspired many authors of children’s fiction, including Hans Christian Andersen, Lewis Carroll and George MacDonald. This special event will celebrate Hoffman’s story, and its two hundred year legacy, with an academic symposium followed by creative performances. The organizers of this event would like to invite proposals for academic papers of twenty-minute duration devoted to any aspect of Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.

Areas of engagement might include:

• Literary analysis
• Hoffman’s life and work
• Social and cultural significance
• Performance
• Reception
• Illustrations
• Translations
• Adaptations and retellings

Please submit a title and abstract of no more than 300 words, and a short biographical note of no more than 100 words, to Christopher Owen at: christopher.owen@pgr.anglia.ac.uk by September 1, 2016

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