Mythcon XXXIV – From Athena to Galadriel: The Image of the Wise Women in Mythopoeic Fiction. Scarritt-Bennett Center * Nashville, Tennessee * July 25-28, 2003

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Scholar Guest of Honor: Dr. Dabney A. Hart
Author Guest of Honor: Sherwood Smith

Sherwood Smith is the prolific and award-winning author of the Crown Duel books, the Wren series and many other wonderful tales, and a long-time member of the Society’s Council of Stewards. She will be our Writer Guest of Honor.

Dr. Dabney Hart’s dissertation, “C.S. Lewis’s Defense of Poesie,” was recommended for years by Prof. Clyde Kilby of Wheaton College as the best introduction to Lewis’s literary work. Her 1984 book is titled Through the Open Door: a New Look at C.S. Lewis. She will be our Scholar Guest of Honor.

The Scarritt-Bennett Center (shouldn’t that be “Sackville-Baggins” actually?) will house Conference attendees in attractive single rooms, each two sharing a bath. The Center is located on a green, tree-filled campus which also holds the “In Defense of Creation” organic garden — prime Entwife territory. All facilities are air-conditioned, and our main meeting place, the Laskey Library, will offer its own displays and gift shop, in addition to Mythcon’s dealer tables and Art Show. In addition, a tour of the Nashville Parthenon is planned, and a lecture unpacking Athena by Dr. David Armstrong (University of Texas). Banquet; Dealers’ Room; Art Show; speeches from our Guests of Honor; panels and papers throughout; presentation of the 2003 Mythopoeic Awards for Fantasy and Scholarship.

We will be offering our usual Mythcon mix of good scholarship, good fellowship, and fun. And the Not-Ready-for-Mythcon Players will have an unusually good opportunity to dress up in sheets (a truly classic event)!

For more information on the Nashville area:
Nashville and Environs, an idiosyncratic Guide by Diamond Proudbrook

Conference membership:

$55 for Mythopoeic Society members
$65 for non-members
$40 for students (age 12-16 with guardian or over 16 with valid student identification)
Children under 12: no charge but must be accompanied by guardian
One-day memberships (Saturday or Sunday): $35 at the door
[If you are uncertain of your Society membership status, please contact our Membership Secretary, Marion Van Loo, at]

Lodging and Meals: Friday night through Sunday night $240/person (single occupancy, each two rooms sharing a bath). This rate includes meals from Friday dinner to Monday breakfast, and Sunday night’s Banquet. Additional nights are available by arrangement.

Meals: A meals package is available for $95. This includes Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sunday breakfast, lunch and Banquet, and Monday breakfast. All reservations must be made through the Mythcon committee. See registration form for address, or e-mail with inquiries.

Registration Form
(Print and send to register for the conference)

List of Registered Attendees

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 and Charles Williams. It believes the study of these writers can lead to a greater understanding and appreciation of the literary, philosophical, and spiritual traditions which underlie their works, and can also engender an interest in the study of the genre of fantasy as a whole and the realm of myth and legend from which such authors derive their inspiration.

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?

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), 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. All papers should conform to the MLA Style Manual (Second Edition). 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


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