Call for papers


The call for papers for articles for the sections “Monograph” and “Miscellaneous” for the Brumal. Revista de Investigación sobre lo Fantástico /Brumal. Research Journal on the Fantastic is now open.

Scholars who wish to contribute to either of these two sections should send us their articles registering as authors on our web page. The Guidelines for Submissions may be found on the Submissions section of the web page.


Monographic issue “Humor and the Fantastic” (Anna Boccuti, Coords.)

Deadline: junuary 10, 2018

With this paper we would like to invite you to reflect upon the affinities between Humor and the Fantastic. Beyond the superficial effects they produce on the reader – which can be placed on the opposite poles of the wide spectrum from fear to laughter – humour and the Fantastic converge in many aspects, as it has been often remarked since the modern era: Charles Baudelaire (L'Essence du Rire, 1859) and Sigmund Freud (The Uncanny, 1899; Jokes and Their Relation To The Unconscious,1905; Humour, 1927) are among those authors who have tried to account for these forces of the human imagery and to explain their mechanisms.

In particular, the Fantastic and humour share the same critical attitude towards the so called “real”, that they constantly try to reverse: for this reason, they can both be considered modes of representation that, internalizing the real as a rule – that is, a set of natural laws or social conventions or a fixed code – carry out the violation of this rule and so doing reveal the instability of reality.  A look at the literature of the XX century proves that a great number of authors – among them, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Dino Buzzati, Italo Calvino, Julio Cortázar, Augusto Monterroso, Julio Ramón Ribeyro, Virgilio Piñeira, just to mention some of the most popular – has chosen the humorous mode and the ironic enunciation in order emphasize the effect of alteration  of reality due to the Fantastic.

Besides, from the XXI century onwards, the intense use of meta-fictionality in humorous-fantastic literature has contributed to the post-modern deconstruction of both textual and extra-textual reality, dimensions often coinciding in the micro-fictions by Ana María Shua, Fernando Iwasaki, Ángel Olgoso, Andrés Neumann, David Roas. In these contemporary authors, irony, metafiction and humour have proved to be effective resources for the renewal of the motives and the conventions of the Fantastic (D. Roas).

This monographic issue of Brumal will accept work focused on the relationship between humour and and the Fantastic, as it is defined by the journal (therefore, we will not consider other non-mimetic genres such as science-fiction, fantasy, etc.).

Some areas of research include, but are not limited to:


– Theoric works upon the convergence between the Fantastic and humour in literature and the arts

– The rhetoric / discourse of humour and the rhetoric / discourse of the Fantastic in literature and the arts

– Theory and analysis of fantastic-humorous texts translation or transposition

– Irony and the Fantastic

– Parody and meta-fiction and the renewal of the Fantastic in contemporary literature

– Black humour and the Fantastic

– Studies on single authors

Brumal will only consider works of a fantastic nature as defined by the journal, hereby only accepting papers on other non-mimetic genres such as the marvellous or science fiction if and when they are related to the fantastic narrative.


Miscellaneous Section

This Miscellaneous section is open all year to receive any type of article on any of the diverse artistic manifestations of the fantastic (narrative, theater, film, comics, painting, photography, video games), whether theoretical, critical, historical or comparative in nature, concerning the fantastic in any language or from any country, from the nineteenth century to the present.