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Alexei Kondratiev Award Presented at Mythcon 41

Posted on October 29, 2010

The Council of Stewards announced earlier this year a new award for the best paper presented at Mythcon by an undergraduate or graduate student. This award was introduced at Mythcon 41 and is named in honor of Alexei Kondratiev, long-time Society member and a scholar of wide-ranging interests in mythopoeic and related studies, who passed away in 2010. The winners of the award was to receive a certificate, a one-year subscription to Mythlore, and half-off registration for the next Mythcon he or she attends.

We are pleased to announce that the winner for Mythcon 41 (2010) was first-time attendee Michael Milburn, for his paper “Art According to Romantic Theology: Charles Williams’ Analysis of Dante Adapted to J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Leaf by Niggle.’” Mr. Milburn is a graduate student at Baylor University, majoring in English. His paper  expands William’s concept of “romantic theology” along lines suggested by Tolkien’s story “Leaf by Niggle,” and demonstrates that Williams’s analysis of Dante can be adapted in order to provide new insights into the relationship between art and caritas, or “charity,” i.e. the love of God passed on to our fellow men.