The Mythgard Institute at Signum University is happy to announce its fourth conference on Tolkien, Inklings Studies, Imaginative Literature (Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction), Germanic Philology, and other literary topics. Full details are available here. Mythmoot IV will be held from Thursday, June 1 through Sunday, June 4, 2017, at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA. Special guests include Verlyn Flieger and Michael Drout!
Mythmoot is currently accepting proposals for papers, panels, workshops, and creative presentations (storytelling, music, visual arts, etc.). They are specifically looking for proposals on the following topics:
- Imaginative Literature — Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction from Mary Shelley and H.P Lovecraft to Ursula Le Guin and Neil Gaiman.
- Tolkien and Inklings Studies — Research on the works and lives of the Inklings as they interact with each other, their modern context, and classic and imaginative literature.
- Germanic Philology — Explore relationships between language and literature in the past, present, and future.
- Anything Else — Academic research or creative presentations that traverse literature in its wondrous variety.
Proposals will be accepted through February 28, 2017. See the complete submission guidelines for more details.
I hope to give a talk about the Inklings as Modernists. Here are my proposed title and abstract:
Real Modernisms: Revising (Meta)Fictional Modernist Narratives
In 1997, Brian Richardson’s “Remapping the Present” questioned the standard metanarrative of twentieth-century fiction, which plots a move from realism through modernism to postmodernism. This is a poor model, created by selectivity, marginalizing important authors, works, forms, and developments, ignoring the “radical heterogeneity and ‘untimeliness’ of twentieth-century literary practice” (292). Richardson proposes an alternate narrative, but his is also artificially selective, ignoring actual writing and reading habits. In this talk, I will re-narrate the story of twentieth-century British fiction, examining publication histories, reading behaviors, and measures of novels’ popularity and perceived quality. This approach recontextualizes the “Inklings” as essential contributors to the modernist narrative and puts them in dialogue with their critically-acclaimed High Modernist contemporaries.