Surrealism, science fiction and comics

Saturday, 22 January 2011

10.00 - 19.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre (with registration from 09.30)

comic book clip of Captain Marvel and companion in mountaineous landscape and fireworks

Speaker(s): Jeannette Baxter (Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge), David Brittain (MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University), Barnaby Dicker (Royal Holloway, University of London, and University of Wales, Newport), Pawel Frelik (Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland), Paul Gravett (Comica Festival), Robert McNab, (Documentary Filmmaker and independent scholar), Joanna Pawlik (University of Manchester), Roger Sabin (Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London), Dan Smith (Chelsea College of Art and Design, London), Bryan Talbot (graphic novelist)

Ticket/entry details: £15 (£10 concessions and Courtauld staff and students), includes coffee, and reception. Please send a cheque made payable to ‘Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Coordinator, The Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, clearly stating that you wish to book for the ‘Surrealism, Science Fiction and Comics’. For credit card bookings call 020 7848 2785. For further information, send an email to

Organised by: Dr Gavin Parkinson (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

In his 1976 essay Science Fiction and Allied Literature, David Ketterer wrote ‘it is rather surprising that the considerable affinity which exists between Surrealism and SF has not attracted more attention.’ This observation was repeated in 1997 by Roger Bozzetto and Arthur B. Evans, who lamented that the relations between Surrealism and science fiction ‘continue to be largely unexplored in SF scholarship,’ and that ‘there currently exists no in-depth study of SF and Surrealism.’ As well as examining the points of contact and the differences and antagonisms that lie between Surrealism and science fiction, this conference is concerned with the related literature of comics, admired and exploited by Surrealists from the 1940s, and influenced in turn by the imagery, themes and styles of Surrealism and its art.

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