Re: [mythsoc] Mythcon Article
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On Fri, 1 Sep 2000 WendellWag@... wrote:
> Interesting article, but there were a few mistakes. For instance:
> > The largest so far was in 1991 in Oxford, England, where a thousand myth
> > scholars toasted the centennial of J.R.R. Tolkien's birth.
> It was 1992, and there were only about 350 people there.
I'm sure that was just the result of some informant's bad offhand
> The article made it
> sound as is most of the attendees are academics, but in fact only a few are.
The article seemed to me to make it clear that the _conference_ is
academic, which it is, though since he also mentioned the Not Ready
Players and the food sculpture, a reader wouldn't be left with the
impression that it's a somber gathering. And with quoted informants
identified by their professions, half of whom were not academics, I don't
think the reader would be seriously misled on that score either.
> Diana has a theory that we
> should take the influences of the friends of writers more seriously. I
> referred to this in a question after the talk as the "Glyerian" method, but
> she says that she's working from the theories of someone who's studied the
> patterns of influences within writing groups of amateur writers. Diana may
> be the first person to apply this method to professional writers, though.
I expect that at least some of the writing groups studied this way have
included professionals, or budding professionals. What I believe Diana
actually said was that she was the first person to apply this method to
historical research: that is, to study in this way writing groups of the
past through documentary evidence, rather than groups of the present
primarily through interviews and on-site observation.
> Alexei Kondratiev talked about Padraic Colum's retellings of Hawaiian
> mythology. (Colum was famous for his collections of Irish folktales.)
Yes, this certainly attracted my interest, and I intend to read some
soon. (While checking to see if my library had these, I discovered that
Colum edited the letters of James Branch Cabell.)