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Mythopoeic Society

a non-profit organization devoted to the study of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, the Inklings, and the genres of myth and fantasy


Mythcon 34 Papers

Papers Accepted:

  • David Armstrong: “Unpacking Athena” (Followed by tour of Nashville Parthenon)
  • Brandy Ball: “Wise Fantasy: the Role of the Childlike Empress in The Neverending Story
  • Sarah Beach: “For Love of Sophia: the Mythic Tradition of the Wise Woman”
  • Sarah Beach: “Frodo: The Failure of the Christ Image”
  • Berni Phillips Bratman: “Christian Symbolism in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Danielle Bienvenue: “Irene, Lucy, and Meg: The Role of the Childhood Athena”
  • Kristi Brobeck: “Tolkien Fanfiction by Women: a survey”
  • Cain: “Women and Water: the Cultural Significance of Galadriel as Keeper of Nenya”
  • Chandler: “J.R.R. Tolkien and the Call of Immortality”
  • Joe Christopher: “Seeking the Faerie Queene in Narnia”
  • Janet B. Croft: “Nice, Good, and Right” (Terry Pratchett novels)
  • David Bratman: “Music of Middle-Earth, an examination with musical samplings”
  • Elvish Linguistic Fellowship: “Quenya and the Tengwar: a Workshop”
  • Betsy Farquhar: “God as Grandmother: MacDonald’s Wise Woman”
  • Ernelle Fife: “The Wise Warrior in Tolkien, Lewis, and Rowling”
  • Fisher: “Wisdom and Water: T’seh as Guide and Goddess in Leslie Marmon Silko’s CEREMONY
  • Victoria Gaydosik: “Choosing Wisely: The Conflicting Claims of Action and Passivity on Tolkien’s Fictional Women”
  • Melody Green: “Wisdom, Love and Pain: the Roles of Women in MacDonald’s Fiction”
  • Gabrielle Greggersen: “Imagination and Wisdom: an analysis of Lewis’ female characters in the Chronicles of Narnia”
  • Hardy: “Influence of Spenser and Milton on Lewis’ female characters”
  • Lois Hinckley: “Paired wisdoms in Homer, MacDonald, Tolkien, Lewis and Le Guin”
  • Hixon: “Mirrors, Towers, Dragons and Wise Women” (on McKillip)
  • Holland: “Exploring Feminine Wisdom in Leslie Marmon Silko’s Gardens in the Dunes
  • Mark T. Hooker: “Ten Rings for Russian Men Doomed to Die”
  • Mark T. Hooker: “Russian Tolkien Illustrations, a commented slide show”
  • Johnson: “Golden Key to MacDonald/Curdie’s Key”
  • Johnson: “THE WISE WOMAN: a Twofold Tale”
  • Pamela Jordan: “The Enigmatic Veil” [Lewis' Orual and Hawthorne's veiled Minister]
  • Don King: “Has That Which was Lost been Found? — Metrical Meditations of a Cod”
  • Romuald Lakowski: “The Fall and Repentance of Galadriel”
  • Scott McLaren: “The Anatomy of Magic: Charles Williams and the Inviolability of Being”
  • Grace Walker Monk: “What Should Be: the Lady of Rohan and the Lady of Moge”
  • Matthew Nickel: “The Woman’s Place in Tolkien and Lewis”
  • Eric Rauscher: “Surveying the Female Body: Women in the novels of Charles Williams”
  • Melanie Rawls: “Witches, Wives and Dragons: the Evolution of the Women of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea”
  • Richter: “Spontaneous Myth Generation in Epic Literature” [Beowulf]
  • Beth Russell: “Galadriel, her Life in Four Ages”
  • Ray Schneider: “A Scientist Seeks Mystery, Metaphor, Myth and Magic”
  • Amy Sturgis: “Reimagining Rose: Tolkien’s Rosie Cotton in Twenty-First Century Fan Fiction”
  • Lois Westerlund: “Psyche in Till We Have Faces
  • Lois Westerlund: “Shadows: Dark and Otherwise”
  • Don T. Williams: “A Larger World: Lewis, Christianity and Culture”

Proposed Panels:

  • George Orwell in his Centenary Year
  • Wonder Women of the Comics (and, of course, Xena)
  • Theme Panel: the Image of the Wise Woman in Mythopoeic Fiction
  • Women and the Inklings
  • Teaching Tolkien