July 15 July 18, 2011
University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico
The year 2011 marks the 75th anniversary of both C.S. Lewis' publication of The Allegory of Love and J.R.R. Tolkien's lecture "Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics." Spanning the early Anglo-Saxon/Scandinavian heroic legacies and the late Continental French-inspired romance traditions, these authoritative works of scholarship dramatically changed academic discussion on their medieval subjects. In addition, their literary reinterpretations laid the groundwork for the modern medievalism that now informs so much modern fantasy literature, Inkling or otherwise. To commemorate these important anniversaries, Mythcon 42 will invite reflection on how these works affected critical discussion of their subjects, how they encouraged new ways to view the fantastic in early texts, and how they influenced many of the approaches modern fantasy applies to its reading of the medieval.
Author Guest of Honor, Catherynne M. Valente
Scholar Guest of Honor, Michael D.C. Drout
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