Here’s a preview of some of the papers that will be presented at Mythcon 41 in Dallas from June 9-12, 2010. I obtained this information from the Mythopoeic Society’s website at www.mythsoc.org. Please visit their website for a complete listing. This list includes only some of the presentations that I hope to see.
Christine Barkley: Tolkien’s Creativity
Robert Black: Many Meetings in Fangorn: Tolkien’s Ecological Mythopoesis of Gender
Brian Cambra: The Augustinian Subordination of Friendship in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
Kelly Cowling: Lessons from the Perilous Realm: Mythopoeic Literature as Deautomatizing Practice
Janet Brennan Croft: Psyche in New York: The Devil Wears Prada Updates the Myth
Valerie Frankel: Exploring Narnia: The Hero’s and Heroine’s Journeys in Concert
Melody Green: Gandalf, Frodo, Aragorn and Harry: Types of Sacrifice in Fantasy Literature
Brian Melton: Into the Trenches of Narnia: C.S. Lewis the Soldier and the Narnian Way of War
Michael Milburn: Art according to Romantic Theology: Charles Williams’ Analysis of Dante Adapted to J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Leaf by Niggle”
Jef Murray: Fanning the Secret Fire: Sub-Creation as a Spiritual Voyage
Jef Murray: A Journey Through Middle-earth: Sketches and Paintings of Tolkien’s World
Denise Roper: The Lord of the Horcruxes: The Immortal Soul and the Eternal War Between Good and Evil in the Fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling
Anne Collins Smith: Virtue’s Evil Twin: Draco Malfoy and the Acquisition of Vice
Donald Williams: A Tryst with the Transcendentals: C.S. Lewis on Beauty, Truth, and Goodness
Heavenly Battles in the Tolkien Classroom (A Paper Session Panel with Leslie Donovan and Friends)
Are Fantasy and Science-Fiction Social Commentary in Disguise?
Appropriating Divinity: Gods and Other Mythological Beings in Fantasy Literature
Faith and Fantasy: How Authors’ Religious Views Affect Their Fiction
This is going to be a wonderful conference. I am really looking forward to meeting all of the members of the society and hearing their lectures. The names Valerie Frankel and Denise Roper (that’s me!) should be familiar to Harry Potter fans who have attended the Harry Potter Education Fanon conferences. Valerie and I were both presenters at Azkatraz last year, and she told me about her interest in the theories of comparative mythology expert Joseph Campbell and her own writings on the “Hero’s and Heroine’s Journey” inspired by Campbell’s works. I am hoping to talk with her again about this fascinating subject. I am also curious about what Melody Green has to say about the topic of sacrifice in fantasy literature. I have already written on this subject in The Lord of the Hallows, in which I examined Gandalf, Frodo, Aragorn, and Harry as Christ figures. I would certainly like to hear Melody’s perspective on my analysis.
Comments are welcome! 🙂