CFP: [20th] Tolkien at Kalamazoo:

full name / name of organization: 
Robin Anne Reid

CFP: Deadline: September 15, 2009
Tolkien at Kalamazoo
International Congress on Medieval Studies
May 7-10, 2009

The following paper and roundtable sessions open, and proposals are
solicited for participation at the 2009 Congress.

The Congress limits on participation:

You may participate in no more than three events.

You may give one paper; you may participate in a roundtable, and you may
moderate any session except the one in which you are giving a paper.

A completed Participant Information Form for each event you propose to
participate in required (see below for URL and information on what else is

A PDF copy of the PIF can be found here:


Tolkien's Poetry and Song: Paper Session: Songs and formal poetry play a
vital part in Tolkien's Legendarium, from his creation myth to the use of
song as a method of historical transmission. He wrote original poetry
written in Old English as well as translating major medieval works. The
growing critical movement away from early dismissal of his poetry to
considering his work in the context of modern war poetry as well as
medieval aesthetics will be the topic of this session.

Tolkien's Revisions and Contradictions: Paper Session: The publication of
the twelve-volume History of Middle-earth series as well as other
publications edited by Christopher Tolkien offer scholars a unique chance
to analyze the process of revisions undergone by Tolkien from his first
linguistic creations during World War I to work produced just before his
death. Tolkien's revisions and contradictions offer an area for critical
scholarship that has just begun to explore the work through archival work
as well as drawing on the published manuscripts.

The Children of Húrin: Paper Session: The publication of a novel based on
one of the early myths of Tolkien's First Age provides a new text for
scholarly work. After this year's roundtable, the need for sustained
analytical papers was clear.

Instructions and forms for submitting a paper proposal can be found here:

To submit a paper proposal, please send me a brief proposal (100-300
words) summarizing your topic, argument, and relevant scholarship. A
Working Bibliography of relevant scholarship is helpful. Completely fill
out and submit the Participant Information Form along with your proposal.
You may email, mail, or fax your proposal and PIF.


Teaching Tolkien: Roundtable: The demand for more classes on Tolkien's
work at all levels is growing. With the MLA's approval for a "Teaching
Tolkien" volume in their Teaching series, this session will focus on a
range of approaches for Teaching Tolkien at the college level.

Tolkien's "On Fairy Stories": Roundtable: The publication of a definitive
edition of Tolkien's seminal essay, along with variants and excluded
material, edited by Verlyn Flieger and Doug Anderson, provides an
opportunity for scholars to examine the implications of Tolkien's ideas on
modern literature and fantasy.

To submit a request to participate in a roundtable, please send me a short
paragraph describing your background and what you would like to
contribute. Roundtable participants are limited to 5-10 minutes, total.

Include a completed PIF (even if you sent one with your paper proposal): a
pdf version can be found here:

Robin Anne Reid
Professor, Literature and Languages
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Commerce TX 75429
903.886.5268 (work)
903.886.5980 (fax)

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