> Please find below our Call for Papers for next summer's 34th Annual
> Conference of the Mythopoeic Society, which will be held July 25-28 at
> Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville TN.
> For further information on the Conference in general, please e-mail
> Mary M. Stolzenbach at Stolzi@...; regarding Papers, contact the
> Papers Coordinator, Dr. Theodore Sherman, by e-mail or at Box X041,
> MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN 37132.
> We will be delighted to have your participation.
> Mary M. Stolzenbach, for the Committee
Call for Papers
Mythopoeic Society Conference XXXIV
25-28 July 2003
From Athena to Galadriel: The Image of the Wise Woman in Mythopoeic
Author Guest of Honor: Sherwood Smith
Scholar Guest of Honor: Dabney Hart
Wisdom, both rational and intuitive, has often been symbolized by
feminine figures, from Pallas Athene down to George MacDonald's
goddess-figures; Charles Williams' Sibyl Coningsby; Tolkien's Galadriel;
Lewis's Psyche; and many others. What roles and functions do the "wise
women" play in mythopoeic fiction? Why do (mythopoeic) writers often
personify wisdom as feminine?
The Mythopoeic Society is an international literary and educational
organization devoted to the study, discussion, and enjoyment of the
works of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and mythopoeic
literature. We believe the study of these writers can lead to greater
understanding and appreciation of the literary, philosophical, and
spiritual traditions which underlie their works, and can engender an
interest in the study of myth, legend, and the genre of fantasy. Find
out more about the Society and previous Mythcons at
Papers dealing with the conference theme are especially encouraged; we
also welcome papers focusing on the work and interests of the Inklings
(especially Tolkien, Lewis, and Williams), of our Guests of Honor, and
other fantasy authors and themes, particularly George MacDonald. Papers
from a variety of critical perspectives and disciplines are welcome.
Individual papers should be suitable for oral presentation within 20 to
30 minutes. Papers chosen for presentation at the conference will be
considered for publication in Mythlore, the refereed journal of the
Mythopoeic Society (http://www.mythsoc.org/mythlore.html)
. All papers
should conform to the MLA Style Manual (2nd ed).
Paper abstracts (250 word maximum), along with contact information,
should be sent to the Papers Coordinator at the following address
(e-mail is preferable) by 31 March, 2003. Please include your AV
requests and the projected time needed for your presentation.
Dr. Theodore J. Sherman, Editor
Mythlore: A Journal of J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams,
and Mythopoeic Literature
Associate Professor of English
Box X041, Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
615 898-5098 FAX