The Oddest Inkling at Mythcon part 4: Two Panels and Ten Costumes

costume1Sunday was the last week of Mythcon, so this is my last summary post (but not my last summery post, d.v.). Tomorrow I’ll put up something about Mythgard, and then next week we will have a guest post on Poetry at Present, and the following week will be War in Heaven week! Sorry it’s taken me so long to blog Mythcon; I’ve been struggling with my debilitating migraines again this week. But do stick with this post; all the cool stuff about costumes comes at the end. 😉

Sunday morning, instead of going to church (!), I went to one paper: Kris Swank on “Harry Potter as Dystopian Literature”. Kris is a Mythgard student, and this paper was an excellent example of the living, loving, intelligent ways Mythgard people treat texts.

Then in the afternoon, we had the two panels I was involved with.


Faith and Fantasy panel

The first was the Fantasy and Faith conversation that I posted about when it was happening. The members of this panel were Chip Crane, myself, Carl Hostetter, and Lynn Maudlin. We asked: How does fantasy “fit” with faith? Can fantasy writing effectively express or affirm faith? How or when does it fall short of doing so? Tolkien, Lewis, and Williams are known for their Christian faith, and all three took distinctive approaches toward expressing it (or not) in their fiction. Are these writers successful in their approach? You can listen to a recording of the panel here.


Panel on the Inklings and King Arthur

The second was the “Inklings and King Arthur” panel I’ve been talking about for ages. Here is the description:

The 2013 publication of “The Fall of Arthur” complicated the generic complexities of Tolkien’s work: how does Tolkien’s Arthurian poem fit into the palimpsest of Arthurian legends? how does it map onto Middle-earth? How does it interact with Arthurian works by other Inklings? This panel was presented at Mythcon 45. It represents “The Inklings and King Arthur,” an upcoming academic collection edited by Sørina Higgins. The panelists — Yannick Imbert, Christopher Gaertner, Benjamin Shogren, and Brenton Dickieson — discuss Lewis, Tolkien, Williams, Barfield, Arthurian source materials, MacDonald, and Chesterton.

You can listen to a recording of this panel here, but two of the presenters’ voices did not get picked up by my phone, so you might want to fast-forward through those bits.

Both panels  seemed to be well received, with good questions and discussion afterwards.

arthurOK, but now let’s get to the fun stuff! In the evening, we had a banquet, then the Mythopoeic book Awards, the Masquerade Costume Presentation, a Clerihew Contest, the Not-Ready-For-Mythcon Players, and a late-night Bardic Circle. Only a few people showed up in costume; there were 10 in the “Masquerade.” Chris Gaertner won the day with his King Arthur costume: he even made the local paper. I do think Chris and I made a good angry brother-and-sister costume team (I was Morgause), and Doctor Who stopped by for a visit!  costume2

About Sørina Higgins

Sørina Higgins is Editor-in-Chief of the Signum University Press. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Baylor University. Dr. Higgins is currently co-editing a volume on the ethical turn in speculative fiction with Dr. Brenton Dickieson and previously edited an academic essay collection entitled The Inklings and King Arthur. She is also the author of the blog The Oddest Inkling, devoted to a systematic study of Charles Williams’ works. As a creative writer, Sørina has a volume of short stories, A Handful of Hazelnuts, forthcoming from Signum’s own press. Outside of academia, Sørina enjoys practicing yoga, playing with her cats, cooking, baking, podcasting, gardening, dancing, and ranting about the state of the world.
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