16570Re: [mythsoc] news: Catholic Church contemplates fantasy
- May 10, 2006Hi David;
I hope they won't be obtuse on the issue, like some
Fundamentalists have been.
On a positive note, I'm including a thread of E-mails
from my other Tolkien gp. I find this
info quite encouraging and thought the MythSoc
should know about "Tolkien Reading Day", and
encourage similar events.
From: "Debbie" <primmy_b@...>
Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 22:04:10 -0000
Subject: [Tolkien_Forever] Re: "Reading Day"
participants request: please read
Wow, that is a great idea to promote Tolkien Reading
like that (with ORC) and get the main Library
involved early, etc.
I bet all that synergy and involvement ahead of time
will get us
a whopping reading day audience next year! I love all
interest in the original books generated interest in
the films, which
in turn created interest in the books again.
--- In Tolkien_Forever@yahoogroups.com, Garfeimao
> Jacki, I talked to a friend of mine who works at an
> Library, and she gave me her card and said that anythrough
> kind of big event should probably go through the
> Central Library in Downtown. Anyhow, if we go
> the Library and work this early, we may not have today
> advertise it, they would probably do it for us. I'll
> send you an email offlist and CC her into it so you
> can get talking.
> OH, and ORC will be 2 weeks before Tolkien Reading
> next year, so we can do a version of it at theand
> convention and then promote it heavily at the con.
> > From: "Jacki Stevens"
> > Date: Tue May 9, 2006 2:19pm(PDT)
> > Subject: Re: "Reading Day" participants request:
> > please read
> > Regarding Reading day (from the Grand Master of
> > Ceremonies!)
> > I have taken up the gauntlet to ensure that our
> > next years Reading
> > Day is going to come off without a hitch. (Is this
> > ok with you,
> > Kristi?) I am contacting several sponsors to try
> > raise theexpense
> > funding for advertising as this is our major
> > to try and getIf
> > the word out. We already know what day it will be,
> > so I figure, why
> > not?
> > I contacted the Festival of Books organizers to
> > try and get their
> > secrets. It is simple networking, so it seems. I
> > realize that our
> > next reading day isn't until March of 2007, but I
> > know a lot of you
> > work in the industries where connections matter.
> > I can ask that--- David Bratman <dbratman@...> wrote:
> > for those who know of an organization who can
> > support our next
> > Reading Day, please feel free to forward me some
> > contact information
> > to my email at JackiStevens@...
> > Thanks!
> > Jacki :)
> Focusing on Tolkien, Harry Potter and Othershttp://us.click.yahoo.com/AHchtC/4FxNAA/yQLSAA/DtIolB/TM
> Council for Culture Joins in Event on English
> VATICAN CITY, MAY 9, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Writers,
> literary critics and
> Church figures are gathered in Rome to analyze
> 20th-century English
> literature and answer the question: "Is there an
> authentic distinction in
> literature between reality and fantasy?"
> These and other questions will be addressed during a
> study day on the theme
> "Catholicism and Literature in the 20th Century."
> This year the meeting, promoted by the Pontifical
> Council for Culture, and
> organized with the Institute of the Italian
> Encyclopedia, is being held in
> the institute's Igea Room, in Rome. The two-day
> meeting, the seventh of its
> kind, ends Wednesday.
> "From the literary point of view, did the 1900s see
> the triumph of realism
> or the return to fantasy?" asks a press statement
> from the pontifical council.
> "The century of Proust, Svevo and Joyce was also
> marked by the popular
> success of the sagas of Tolkien and Lewis, to say
> nothing of the two major
> literary phenomena at the dawn of the new
> millennium: 'Harry Potter' and
> 'The Da Vinci Code,'" it states.
> Two questions stand out among those that will be
> addressed at the meeting:
> "Is it possible to be discerning in the 'mare
> magnum' [vast sea] of fantasy
> writing? And how does this task connect to the
> spiritual and moral
> dimension of literature?"
> The meeting was presented today by Cardinal Paul
> Poupard, president of the
> Pontifical Council for Culture.
> Focus on Newman
> Among the speakers are Oxford professors and writers
> Leonie and Stratford
> Caldecott, as well as Italian literary critics Paolo
> Gulisano and Andrea
> Monda, and Jesuit Father Gerald O'Collins, professor
> of theology at the
> Gregorian University.
> The meeting is highlighting in particular the
> writings of English Cardinal
> John Henry Newman (1801-1890), whose influence was
> decisive on 20th-century
> literature. Graham Greene called him the "patron of
> Catholic novelists."
> Newman's "'children' are those authors who have
> managed to combine a taste
> for fantasy with adherence to the Christian vision,"
> said the pontifical
> council's communiqué. "Some are well known, such as
> Tolkien and Lewis, but
> others, such as Chesterton, who died 70 years ago,
> deserve more attention."
> It added that the meeting is reflecting "critically
> on these authors in
> order to shed light on the media phenomenon
> connected to their works."
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