Christopher Tolkien, Medievalist (1924-2020), 56th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 13-15, 2021), Kalamazoo, Michigan
Call for Roundtable Proposals:
sponsored by The Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic, University of Glasgow
56th International Congress on Medieval Studies
(May 13-15, 2021), Kalamazoo, Michigan
This retrospective roundtable will celebrate the life and medievalist work of Christopher Tolkien—the “Last Inkling”—who died on 16 January 2020, at the age of 95.
Most people familiar with Christopher know him as the steward of Middle-earth, bringing to publication several of the works that his father, J.R.R. Tolkien, left unfinished, including The Silmarillion and related tales, and the twelve-volume History of Middle-earth, as well as his father’s adaptations of medieval literature such as The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún, The Fall of Arthur, and Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary.
Less scholarly attention has been paid to Christopher Tolkien as a medievalist in his own right. Christopher shared his father’s enthusiasm for Old and Middle English, Old Norse, and related literatures, and was a lecturer and tutor at Oxford (1964-1975). Among other works, he translated from the Icelandic The Saga of King Heidrek the Wise (1960), co-edited with Nevill Coghill Chaucer’s The Nun’s Priest’s Tale (1958), The Pardoner’s Tale (1959), and The Man of Law’s Tale (1969), and edited his father’s and E.V. Gordon’s translations of the Middle-English Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo (1975).
We invite contributions to this roundtable about Christopher Tolkien as a medievalist. Please submit a description of your proposed contribution (i.e. under “Abstract”), aiming for an opening statement of about 7-10 minutes, leading to discussion with other panelists and the audience.
NEW PROCEDURE THIS YEAR!
Please submit all proposals through the new ICMS Proposal Portal (https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/call)
In the portal under “Session Selection,” select “Roundtables” then “Christopher Tolkien…”
The proposal deadline is September 15, 2020.