The Mythopoeic Society is pleased to announce the publication of Journey Back Again: Reasons to Revisit Middle-earth, edited by Diana Pavlac Glyer. This is the second edition of a collection originally published in 2020 by Azusa Pacific University.
Monday, November 14, 2022
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
CALL FOR PAPERS: Online Midsummer Seminar 2023 - Fantasy Goes to Hell: Depictions of Hell in Modern Fantasy Texts
The CFP deadline is May15, 2023.
The Mythopoeic Society invites paper submissions for an online conference that focuses on the various depictions of the concept of hell in modern fantasy works. Aspects of this topic might include but are certainly not limited to any of the following:
- The mystical spiritual descent: what can be gained from a descent to hell
- The escape from hell: What is saved, and what is left behind
- The harrowing of hell: the rescue of others from hell
- The pact with hell: self-damnation or turning the tables
- The intersection of race, racism, and hell
- Hellish places: Mordor, Charn, the Upside Down, the post-apocalyptic world
- The influence of fantastic ur-texts about Hell: Aeneas’s visit in The Aeneid; Dante’s Inferno; Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus; Milton’s Paradise Lost; Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit; the art of Hieronymus Bosch; Mozart’s Don Giovanni
- “This IS the Bad Place!”: The primary world as Hell
Papers from a variety of critical perspectives and disciplines are welcome. We are interested in ANY form of media — text, graphic novels, television, movies, music and music videos, games — as long as it can be described as fantasy and includes a hell or its denizens.
Some texts to consider:
- C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce
- Charles Williams’s All Hallows’ Eve
- Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens (book and television series)
- Lois McMaster Bujold’s Five Gods series
- Music videos: Lil Nas X’s “Montero” and “Industry Baby”
- Television series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Lovecraft Country, Supernatural, The Good Place
- Movies: Get Out, Dogma
- Tanith Lee’s Tales From the Flat Earth series (Death’s Master et seq.)
- Works by Vaclev Havel, Franz Kafka, Nikolai Gogol, George Orwell
- Neil Gaiman’s Sandman (graphic novels and television series)
- Walter Wangerin, Jr.’s Dun Cow trilogy
- Evan Dahm’s Harrowing of Hell (graphic novel)
Each paper will receive a 50-minute slot to allow time for questions, but individual papers should be timed for oral presentation in 40 minutes maximum. Two or three presenters who wish to present short, related papers may also share a one-hour slot. Participants are encouraged to submit papers chosen for presentation at the conference to the special issue of Mythlore devoted to this theme. All papers should conform to the MLA Style Manual current edition.
Proposals should be approximately 200 words in length and should be sent to both co-chairs: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Sunday, July 31, 2022
2022 Mythopoeic Awards Winners Announced
The Mythopoeic Society has announced the winners of the 2022 Mythopoeic Awards. The winners of this year’s awards were announced during Mythcon 52, held July 29th through August 1st, 2022, in Albuquerque, NM.
The winners are:
- Adult Fantasy: Jo Walton, Or What You Will
- Children's Fantasy (tie): Lori M. Lee, Pahua and the Soul Stealer, and Eden Royce, Root Magic
- Inklings Studies: Holly Ordway, Tolkien’s Modern Reading: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages}
- Myth and Fantasy Studies: Philip Ball, The Modern Myths: Adventures in the Machinery of the Popular Imagination
The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature honors books for beginning readers to age thirteen, in the tradition of The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia. Rules for eligibility are otherwise the same as for the Adult literature award. The question of which award a borderline book is best suited for will be decided by consensus of the committees. Books for mature “Young Adults” may be moved to the Adult literature category.
The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies is given to books on Tolkien, Lewis, and/or Williams that make significant contributions to Inklings scholarship. For this award, books first published during the last three years (2019–2021) are eligible, including finalists for previous years.
The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies is given to scholarly books on other specific authors in the Inklings tradition, or to more general works on the genres of myth and fantasy. The period of eligibility is three years, as for the Inklings Studies award.
For more information about the Mythopoeic Awards, please contact the Awards Administrator: Dennis Wise, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Online Midwinter Seminar: The Inklings and Horror: Fantasy's Dark Corners - Preliminary Schedule
We're excited to announce the preliminary schedule of our upcoming virtual midwinter seminar. It promises to be a very full and inspiring weekend. If you haven't signed up yet, there is still time to join us! Go to the OMS event page for more information.
OMS Presentation Schedule (subject to change)
- “Tolkien as a Folk Horror Author” - Monica Sanz
- “Adoring the Head of Alcasan: Posthuman Horror and Anticipatory Corpse in Lewis’s That Hideous Strength” - Mark Brians
- “Charles Williams's P'o-L'u - the Cthulhu Connection” - Eric Rauscher
- “‘Delight in Horror’: Charles Williams and Russell Kirk on Hell and the Supernatural” - Camilo Peralta
- “White Shadows, Black Riders and Restless Wights: Undead Horror Monsters in the Fantasy Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien and George R.R. Martin” - Franz Klug
- “Coffin Births, Eclipse Babies, and Test-tube Wombs: Unnatural Birth in the World of Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher Series” - Kristine Larsen
- “Monstrous Feminine, Deviant Mother: Tolkien’s Shelob and the Grotesque Maternal” - Sara Brown
- “Environmental Horror and Restoration: Tolkien and Today” - Jessica Dickinson Goodman & Dr. Caitlin Rottler
- “Fog on the Barrow-Downs: Horror through the Liminal Sublime” - Rhianne Grieve & Lorianne Reuser
- “Tolkien, Cline, and the Quest for a Silmaril” - Tom Ue & James Munday
- “Nature and Horror in Tolkien’s Legendarium” - Julia Bowers
- “Like Father, Like Son? Representations of the Ori- gins of Merlin in Modern Fantasy Fiction” - Michael Torregrossa
- “The Overlooked Vampire: Might MacDonald’s Lilith be Repopularized?” - AJ Prufrock
- “The Story, the Narrator and the Reader: Mediated Horror in C. S. Lewis’s Narniad” - William Thompson
- “‘Shivering Trees’: Horror and Monstrosity in Selected Stories from Tolkien’s The Silmarillion” - Elise McKenna
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Mythopoeic Awards 2022: Call for Nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Mythopoeic Awards!
For our process, there are four categories of awards, and nominations are made by individual members of the Mythopoeic Society. Any one member may nominate a book to any award category; selections of finalists and award recipients will be made by the relevant committee. Each committee is comprised by volunteers, and any member of the Society may volunteer for one committee or for several.
Authors, publishers, and/or their representatives may not nominate their own books, nor are books published by Mythopoeic Press eligible. The Mythopoeic Society does not accept or review unsolicited manuscripts. To nominate books, volunteer for committees, or ask questions about the Mythopoeic Awards process, please contact the Mythopoeic Awards Administrator – see my contact information below.
The deadline for nominations (limit of five per person per category, please!), and/or for volunteering for a committee(s), is February 15, 2022. When making a nomination, please include the author’s name, the title of the work, the publisher’s name, and the year of publication.
The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature is given to the fantasy novel, multi-volume novel, or single-author story collection for adults published during the previous year that best exemplifies “the spirit of the Inklings”. Books are eligible for two years after publication unless short-listed during their first year of eligibility. Books from a series are eligible if they stand on their own; otherwise, the series becomes eligible the year its final volume appears.
The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature was established in 1992 and honors books for younger readers (up to age thirteen) in the tradition of The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia. Rules for eligibility are otherwise the same as for the Adult literature award. The question of which category a borderline book belongs will be decided by a consensus of the committees. Books for mature “Young Adults” may be moved to the Adult literature category. From 1971 until 1991, we gave one award for all fantasy literature.
The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies is given to books on J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and/or Charles Williams that make significant contributions to Inklings scholarship. For this award, books first published during the previous three years are eligible. Short-listed books from the previous year are automatically re-nominated for the next year’s long list.
The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth & Fantasy Studies is given to scholarly books on other specific authors in the Inklings tradition, or to more general works on the genres of myth and fantasy. The period of eligibility is three years, as for the Inklings Studies award. Short-listed books from the previous year are automatically re-nominated for the next year’s long list.
Winners of the 2022 Mythopoeic Awards will be announced at the 52nd Annual Mythopoeic Conference (Mythcon 52), to be held July 29-Aug 1, 2022, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Please contact the Awards Administrator, Dennis Wise, to nominate books, volunteer for committees, or ask questions about the Mythopoeic Awards process.
Dr. Dennis Wise
University of Arizona
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
CFP: Online Winter Seminar -- The Inklings and Horror: Fantasy's Dark Corners
The Mythopoeic Society invites paper submissions for an online conference that focuses on the connections between and among Inkling authors and the literary tropes of the horror sub-genre of speculative fiction, to be held through Zoom and Discord February 4-5, 2022. Aspects of this topic might include any of the following as well as other approaches not mentioned here: the utopian and dystopian dimensions of fantasy worlds, including those of the Inklings, that include horrific elements; the role of fear in idealized world building, including the works of the Inklings; the demonic and the angelic, with reference to the works of one or more of the Inklings; monstrosity, gore, and/or body horror (possibly contrasted with otherness and/or beauty); the redeemable and the unredeemable; the appeal of dread in Inkling fantasy and in horror examples; the horrific within the fantastic and the fantastic within the horrific, including in the works of the Inklings; the horror of otherness within the sameness of the fantastic; horrific race and/or gender elements in fantastic narratives, including those of the Inklings; horror as the despoliation of the fantastic. Papers from a variety of critical perspectives and disciplines are welcome.
Each paper will receive a 50-minute slot to allow time for questions, but individual papers should be timed for oral presentation in 40 minutes maximum. Two or threepresenters who wish to present 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 (http://www.mythsoc.org/mythlore/). All papers should conform to the MLA Style Manual current edition.
Paper abstracts (250 word maximum), along with contact information, should be sent to the Papers Coordinator, Online Winter Seminar, at the following address by 15 November, 2021: <email@example.com>. Please include your AV requests and the projected time needed for your presentation.
Thursday, July 8, 2021
Mythcon51 Preliminary Schedule
We're excited to announce the preliminary schedule of our upcoming virtual conference. It promises to be a very full and inspiring weekend. If you haven't signed up yet, there is still time to join us! Go to www.mythcon.org for more information.
Mythcon51 Presentation Schedule (subject to change)
- Philology and the Lived Imagination: Vico, Collingwood, and Tolkien - Reno Lauro
- Cities and Strongholds of Middle-earth Part 1 - Cami Agan, et al.
- Q&A with Mythopoeic Award Winners
- Her Enchanted Hair’: Rossetti, ‘Lady Lilith,’ and the Victorian Fascination with Hair as Influences on Tolkien - Kathryn Colvin
- (Un)Fair(ly) Unknown: New and Neglected Arthurian Television Programming - Michael Torregrossa, et al.
- The Mythopoeic Fantasy and Scholarly Awards Discussions - David Lenander
- The Keystone or the Cornerstone - Donald Willams
- Adam’s Task: Naming and Sub-creation in Good Omens - Janet Brennan Croft
- Transmedia Mythopoeia: Towards an Interactive Mythology - Brian Thomson
- A Saga Re-Written: The Character of Odin and J.R.R. Tolkien's Addition of Eucatastrophe in "The New Lay of the Volsungs" - Matthew Gidney
- Writing Against the Grain: T. Kingfisher's Feminist Mythopoeic Fantasy - Robin Anne Reid
- Mythopoeic Dungeons & Dragons - Megan Abrahamson
- Finding and Organizing Tolkien’s Invented Languages - Eileen Moore
- The Mythic, the Fantastic, and the Alien - El Hudson
- The Fanastic Short Story - Vicki Ronn
- Back to Camelot: 21st-century Reinterpretations of the Arthurian Mythos - Jennifer Spirko
- Mythopoeia in American Gods - Danica Stojanovic
- Other Than Him: Superman as the Alien That Made Good - Roy Schwartz
- Spoilers & Sequels; Bifurcated Fandoms in the Age of Adaptation - Joe Young, et al.
- Habla Amigo y Entra: Tolkien and the language of wonder - Martha Celis Mendoza, et al.
- Realizing History: Tolkien and the Desire called Marx - Robert Tally
- The Philosophy and Theology of Fairy-Stories:Fantasy, Escape, Recovery, and Consolation - Giovanni Costabile
- Cities and Strongholds of Middle-earth Part 2 - Cami Agan, et al.
- Fairy Tale Retellings for the Modern World - Sarena Ulibarri
- From Malacandra to Mars: Representations of the Red Planet in C. S. Lewis, Robert Sawyer, and Andy Weir - Bill Thompson
- ‘Descensus Ad Inferos’: Dante's Mythic Nekyia Journey in The Inferno - Ron Boyer
- How Mythopoeic Stories Carve Space For Change - Rivera Sun
- “Long Anguish and Self-Murdering Thought”: Gollum and the Figure of Jealousy in The Faerie Queene - Anne Acker
- The Speculative Worldbuilding of ADÁL’s Blueprints for a Nation - Matt Goodwin
- Eärendil’s Errand and “Errantry” - Janet Brennan Croft, David Emerson, David Bratman, Verlyn Flieger
- Q&A with Unofficial Mythsoc Historian Lee Speth - Lynne Darga
- The Personhood of Nature in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Legendarium - Sophia Parrila
- Those Who See the Unseen West - Scott Hodgman
- My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me - John Rosegrant
- Faerie Reality in The Spiral Dance by Rodrigo Garcia y Robertson - Robert Treday
- Lil Nas X’s Montero: A Visual Mythology - Alicia Fox-Lenz, Jessica Dickinson Goodman
- Sterner Stuff; Sansa Stark and the System of Gothic Fantasy - Joseph Young
- Spray-painting the Sistine Chapel: Aesthetic Problems in Leaf by Niggle - John Holmes
- Tolkien, Race and Racism - Robin Reid, Megan Abrahamson, Helen Young, Craig Franson, Will Sherwood