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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 39 - August 2008

This call for papers expired on April 15, 2008.
Please join us at Mythcon 39 to hear the selected papers.

Mythcon 39 Call for Papers

Mythcon XXXIX
The 39th Annual Mythopoeic Conference
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, Connecticut
August 15-18, 2008

Conference Theme: “The Valkyrie and the Goddess: The Warrior Woman in Fantasy”
Author Guest of Honor: Sharan Newman
Scholar Guest of Honor: Marjorie Burns

Call for Papers

Our theme is the use of female imagery in the traditionally masculine realm of battle, as expressed in the literature of myth and fantasy. More broadly, it can include fantasy writers’ depictions of women in heroic roles, women responding actively and positively to situations of conflict and danger, and the questions of aesthetics and narrative structure that such issues can raise. Papers dealing with these conference themes are especially encouraged. We also welcome papers focusing on the work and interests of the Inklings (especially J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams), of our Guests of Honor, and other fantasy authors and themes. Papers from a variety of critical perspectives and disciplines are welcome.

Each paper will be given a one-hour slot to allow for questions, but individual papers should be timed for oral presentation in 40 minutes maximum. Two presenters who wish to give short, related papers may also share a one-hour slot. Participants are encouraged to submit papers chosen for presentation at the conference to Mythlore, the refereed journal of the Mythopoeic Society.

All papers should conform to the MLA Style Manual (2nd edition).

Paper abstracts (250 words maximum), along with contact information, should be sent to the Papers Coordinator at the following address (e-mail is preferable) by 15 April, 2008. Please include your AV requests and the projected time needed for your presentation.

Submissions should be sent to:

Alexei Kondratiev
Mythcon 39 Papers Coordinator
35-12 161st Street
Flushing, NY 11358
alexeik AT aol DOT com