CFP: The Silmarillion (2/9/07; 4/20/07-4/22/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Ian Maloney

The Silmarillion: Themes, Narratives, Comparative Studies


Call for Papers


The Departments of English and Religious Studies of St. Francis College
and the Northeast Tolkien Society, Heren Istarion, will co-sponsor a
conference, "The Silmarillion: Themes, Narratives, Comparative Studies,"
on April 20-22, 2007. The event will commemorate the 30th anniversary of
the 1977 publication of The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by
Christopher Tolkien. The keynote speaker will be Michael Drout,
Associate Professor of English at Wheaton College. Professor Drout is
the editor of The J. R. R Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical
Assessment and J. R. R. Tolkien's Beowulf and the Critics, the author of
Of Sorcerers and Men: Tolkien and the Roots of Modern Fantasy
Literature, and a founding editor of Tolkien Studies. The conference
will be held at St. Francis College in downtown Brooklyn, New York.=20


The conference program will focus on the entire body of mythic narrative
collectively known as "the Silmarillion," in all the different versions
of its parts written throughout Tolkien's life. A wide range of
interrelated subjects connected to the Silmarillion will be discussed.
We invite proposals on the following topics:


1. The formation of the Silmarillion: its composition, worldview and

2. Themes and narratives of the Silmarillion; comparative studies

3. The Silmarillion in context: the relation of Tolkien's myth to the
work of other Inklings

4. Interdisciplinary approaches to all of the above topics


Proposals should be submitted as 1-page abstracts for 20 minute papers
or as 8 - 10 page papers. We welcome proposals for complete panels as
well as individual presentations. Preference will be given to proposals
on the topics given above.


Proposals should be submitted by January 22, 2007 to BOTH of the e-mail
addresses below.

Information on registration and the conference website will be announced

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