Essays on Welsh Mythology in Popular Culture

full name / name of organization: 
University of California, Riverside and Marygrove College, Detroit, MI
contact email: 
Kristin Noone (kristin.noone@email.ucr.edu); Audrey Becker (abecker@marygrove.edu)

In recent years, interest in Welsh mythology and legendary figures has grown exponentially in popular culture, with appearances in diverse arenas ranging from fantasy fiction to role-playing games, from children’s literature to tourist sites and even Celtic-inspired rock music and heavy metal. We are seeking essays that explore the uses and appropriations of these legends into “popular” spaces, hoping to trace the patterns of interpretation and reinscription to offer some insight into what meaning “Welsh mythology” retains in an increasingly postmodern, global society.

Sample topics (contributors are by no means limited to these) may include:

* Depression-era fantasy and Evangeline Walton’s Mabinogion Tetralogy;
* children’s literature and Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising sequence;
* Diana Wynne Jones’s otherworldly Wales in Howl’s Moving Castle;
* Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain series and/or the film The Black Cauldron;
* translations and adaptations of Welsh legends over time;
* Welsh influences in online role-playing games such as Mabinogi or World of Warcraft, or action-adventure games such as Legend of Zelda;
* the 2003 Welsh film Y Mabinogi;
* graphic novels;
* Twm Sion Cati, or the Welsh Robin Hood;
* Welsh mythology in music, for example the Moody Blues’ “Are You
Sitting Comfortably?” or Spring’s “Grail”;
* tourism and tourist sites such as Caerleon or Machynlleth

McFarland & Co. has expressed interest in publishing this collection as part of the Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy Series; therefore, we will be submitting an official proposal once we have made final decisions on all submissions.

Please send titles and descriptions (600-700 words, or full papers if completed), of proposed essay contributions to Kristin Noone (kristin.noone@email.ucr.edu) or Audrey Becker (abecker@marygrove.edu) by September 1, 2009.

cfp categories: 
ethnicity_and_national_identity
journals_and_collections_of_essays
medieval
popular_culture