CFP — Mythmoot IV: Invoking Wonder

signumLogo_100The 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:

bad-modernismsReal 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.

About Sørina Higgins

Sørina Higgins is a PhD student in English and Presidential Scholar at Baylor University. She also serves as Chair of the Language and Literature Department at Signum University, online. Her latest publication is an academic essay collection on "The Inklings and King Arthur" (Apocryphile Press, December 2017). Her interests include British Modernism, the Inklings, Arthuriana, theatre, and magic. She holds an M.A. from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. Sørina blogs about British poet Charles Williams at The Oddest Inkling, wrote the introduction to a new edition of Williams’s "Taliessin through Logres" (Apocryphile, 2016), and edited Williams’s "The Chapel of the Thorn" (Apocryphile, 2014). As a creative writer, Sørina has published two books of poetry, "The Significance of Swans" (2007) and "Caduceus" (2012).
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6 Responses to CFP — Mythmoot IV: Invoking Wonder

  1. I am delighted to see this narrative critiqued. The work of the Inklings so often acts as a wonderful act of subversion within such simplistic yet, sadly, fashionable narratives. Thankfully even over here in England there are signs that the Inklings are beginning to be reassessed. The philosopher, John Gray, recently drew upon The Abolition of Man in a broadcast talk on BBC radio in a highly appreciative manner, although he did not abandon his atheism. And yesterday I heard Malcolm Guite and the historian, Suzanna Lipscomb, present an excellent case, again on BBC radio, for C.S Lewis to be regarded as one of the great lives of the 20th century. There are chinks in the armour of the High Modernists! I do hope that your paper is well received. Every Blessing Under the Mercy!


  2. I do know them and I have been greatly influenced by them. It’s great to see them all together in one place. Many thanks for the link.


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