Author of the New Century: T. A. Shippey and the Creation of the Next Canon 9-1-2009
"The dominant literary mode of the twentieth century has been the fantastic…. When the time comes to look back at the century, it seems very likely that future literary historians, detached from the squabbles of our present, will see as its most representative and distinctive works books like J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings...." –Tom Shippey, J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century (2001)
This anthology will focus on the elements of Tolkien Studies that Professor Shippey originated and disseminated in his work over the last thirty years. 5000-7000 word essays are sought on topics including but not limited to:
Shippey's role in the field of Tolkien studies
Philological or linguistic analyses of any work in Tolkien's Legendarium
The use of the past in the present (Anglo Saxon, Germanic influences)
Tolkien and popular culture (Jackson's The Lord of the Rings)
The anthology has the primarily goal of making scholarship of the highest standard accessible to Shippey's own wide readership which includes scholarly and popular audiences.
Submission Date: September 1, 2009 (Proposals or Essay Drafts)
Final Draft Essay Due Date: May 10, 2010
Formatting: Chicago. Please do not use Word's automatic foot/end noting function.