Mythcon 39 - August 15-18, 2008

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Mythcon 39
The Valkyrie and the Goddess:
The Warrior Woman in Fantasy

Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, CT
August 15-18, 2008

The Valkyrie and the Goddess:
The Warrior Woman in Fantasy

For centuries, Women have been divided into two categories—virgin or whore, saint or slut—with no room for gray areas. In recent times, thanks to changed views—in religion and spirituality, in education and culture, and in reconsidering women’s positions in history—women have taken their rightful places in the more positive, empowered roles of The Valkyrie and The Goddess. What is the history behind the valkyrie? Does the term Goddess necessitate religion or spirituality—or is that an impossibility? This discussion endeavors to explore these images of women in history, culture, spirituality, and—most importantly—in Mythopoeic Fiction.

Marjorie Burns

Guests of Honor

Marjorie Burns — Scholar Guest of Honor
Marjorie Burns, an English professor at Portland State University (Oregon), teaches courses on J.R.R. Tolkien, Norse and Celtic mythology, and more. She has contributed to Tolkien scholarship with her book Perilous Realms, with articles for journals including Mythlore, and with chapters for collections such as Tolkien's Legendarium.

Sharan Newman
Sharan Newman — Author Guest of Honor
Sharan Newman, a medieval historian and author, has written many novels set in the Middle Ages. She has received awards for the Catherine Levendeur mysteries, including the 1998 Herodotus Award for best historical mystery (Cursed in the Blood). She has also written non-fiction books, including The Real History Behind the Da Vinci Code.

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•$100 for non-members
•$60 for registered students (age 12 and up)
•Free for children (under age 12)

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* Friday $20
* Saturday $30
* Sunday $30
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