Mythcon 43 - August 3-6, 2012

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Mythcon 43

Across the Continents:
Myths and legends from Europe and Asia meet and mingle

Clark Kerr Campus, University of California-Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
August 3-6, 2012

Across the Continents:
Myths and legends from Europe and Asia meet and mingle

Elements from non-Western/non-European fantasy traditions have a growing presence in modern fantasy literature, either intact or blended with Western themes and images. Mythcon 43 will explore the roots of this cross-pollination, and how it continues to unfold and enrich mythopoeic literature.

View or Download the Mythcon 43 Call for Papers.

G. Ronald Murphy
Guests of Honor
Prof. G. Ronald Murphy - Scholar Guest of Honor
Myth and folklore scholar, winner of the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for The Owl, the Raven & the Dove: The Religious Meaning of the Grimms' Magic Fairy Tales (2002) and Gemstone of Paradise: The Holy Grail in Wolfram's Parzival (2007). Author of the forthcoming Tree of Salvation: Yggdrasil and the Cross in the North from Oxford University Press.

Malinda Lo

Malinda Lo - Author Guest of Honor
Author of young adult fantasy and science fiction novels Ash (nominee for the 2010 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature), Huntress, and Adaptation.

Progress Reports

View or Download Mythcon 43 PR#1 here. (PDF)

View or Download Mythcon 43 PR#2 here. (PDF)

View or Download Mythcon 43 Advance Schedule here. (PDF)

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The following papers have been accepted for Mythcon 43

David Oberhelman
From Iberian to Ibran and Catholic to Quintarian: Lois McMaster Bujold’s Alternate History of the Spanish Reconquest in the Chalion Series

Faith Harkey
“Lit like a burning city”: the Words We Use to Describe Spiritual Experience

Natalia Tuliakova
Asian Legends in European Context: D. Mamin-Sibiryak’s “Legends”

Brian Godawa
Leviathan vs. the Storm God: Biblical Authors’ Appropriation and Subversion of Ancient Near Eastern Mythopoeia

Janet Croft
Tolkien’s Faerian Drama: Origins and Valedictions

Madhumita Dutta
Archetypal Myth and a Modern Epic—A Reading of Sri Aurobindo’s epic Savitri: a Legend and a Symbol

Hussein Zamani
A Mythological Reflection on Modern Literature

Arden Smith
“Mr. Took and Mr. Brandybuck, and this is Sam Gamgee. My name is Yamanoshita.”

Megan Grove
The Earth and the Self are Dragons—Chinese Ritual, Tolkienian Subcreation, and the Mythopoeic Pursuit of Understanding

Don Williams
Coming Home: The Influence of Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man on C. S. Lewis.

Andrew Hallam
Thresholds to the Marvelous? Allegory and Irony in Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files

Valerie Estelle Frankel
Unbound: Comparing Eastern and Western Cinderella Novelizations

Eleanor M. Farrell and Lynn Maudlin
Auspicious Guardian, Dreadful Wyrm: Eastern and Western Views of the Dragon

Kelly Cowling
Things as They Are Meant to Be Seen: The Inklings and Aesthetic Theory

Marjorie Ellenwood
The Problem of Calormen in Narnia: Racism and Islamophobia in C.S. Lewis and Recognizing Ancient Egyptian Influences

Natalie Romero
Music in the Void: Creation by Song in The Silmarillion and The Magician’s Nephew

Kendra Kravig
One Name to Rule Them All: The Magic of Names and Its Connection to Religion in The Lord of the Rings

Sam McBride
Imperfection, Folly, and Unaligned Evil in Middle-earth

Coral Lumbley
Tolkien and the Transgressive Body: Subversions of Hetero-normativity in the Races of Middle-earth

David Bratman
Mervyn Peake: Western Fantasist from China

Tony Zbaraschuk
Frodo, Lord of the Ring

Kelly Orazi
Through the Wardrobe and Under-Hill: World and Setting in Children’s Fantasy Literature

Jim Stockton
Telmarines, and Calormens, and Jinns! Oh, My!: Reflections on a Politically Incorrect Narnia in a Post-colonial Era

Sean Ryan Robinson
Out of the Wardrobe

Alyssa House-Thomas
The Wondrous Orientalism of Lord Dunsany

Rebecca Renee Hess
Katniss Everdeen, Girl on Fire: The Ambiguous Gender Role of the Female Hero

Scott Holbrook-Foust
Two Trees Twining: Rays of Light in the Northern Night

Penelope Holdaway
The Phoenix and the Leaf

Sarah E. Thomson
This also is he: Charles Williams’ Introductory Voice

Laura Smith
Who Moved My Hoard: The Reluctant Traveler Meets the Dragon

Alex Taylor
O Most Noble Greenness: Language, Tradition, and the Making of Myth in Yuki Urushibara’s Mushishi

Matthew Minner
The Sword and the Brush: Introduction to Chinese Wuxia

Danielle Crawford
Renegotiating the Politics of Myth: Asian American Identity in Amy Tan’s The Hundred Secret Senses

Jason Fisher
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Foolhardy Philologist

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