Friday, May 6, 2011

Run-up to Kalamazoo

So, next week I head out for this year's Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo. Here's a listing of the Tolkien Track events that I know of (there are usually one or two more papers/presentations on non-Tolkien-themed panels, and I haven't had time to comb through the program book's listings yet), including the two I'm taking part in.

Session 7: In Honor of Jane Chance (Roundtable)

Presider: Gergely Nagy, Szegedi Tudományegyetem

A roundtable discussion with Deanne Delmar Evans, Bemidji State Univ.; Edward L. Risden, St. Norbert College (“Medieval Women, Its Impact on Medieval Studies and Medievalism”); Kristine Larsen, Central Connecticut State Univ. (“Mythography and Middle-earth”); Christopher Vaccaro, Univ. of Vermont (“A Hobbit Hole of One’s Own: Identity, Gender, and Difference in Middle-earth Studies”); Verlyn Flieger, Univ. of Maryland; and Joe Ricke, Taylor Univ.



Session 73: Languages in Tolkien’s Legendarium

Presider: Benjamin S. W. Barootes, McGill Univ.

The Pleasure and the Poetics of Translating Old Norse

Mary Faraci, Florida Atlantic Univ.

The Origins of the Name “Thrihyrne” in The Lord of the Rings in Relation to the Icelandic Sagas

Tsukusu Jinn Itó, Shinshu Daigaku

Dunlendish and Sindarin: Tolkien’s Diptych of British-Welsh

Yoko Hemmi, Keio Univ.



Session 120: Romantic Nationalism in Tolkien’s Legendarium

Presider: Douglas Anderson, Independent Scholar

Herder, Hiawatha, Húrin, and Hobbits: Teaching Tolkien as a Romantic Nationalist

John William Houghton, Hill School

Kipling, Tolkien, and Romantic Anglo-Saxonism

Dimitra Fimi, Univ. of Wales Institute, Cardiff

Macpherson and Tolkien: A Tale of Two Legendariums

John D. Rateliff, Independent Scholar

Rhetoric of the Rings: J.R R. Tolkien’s Allegories of Reading

Craig Franson, La Salle Univ.


10 AM

Session 210: Scholar as Minstrel: Music and Tolkien

Presider: Keith W. Jensen, William Rainey Harper College

The Harmony of the Worlds and the Horn of Heimdal: Cosmological Music in Creation and Subcreation

Kristine Larsen, Central Connecticut State Univ.

The Three Greatest Minstrels in Middle-earth: Tolkien’s Early Thoughts on Music and Power

Brad Eden, Univ. of California–Santa Barbara

Swann’s Songs: Tolkien’s Clues To Tempo, Tone, and Tune in Middle-earth Music

John R. Holmes, Franciscan Univ. of Steubenville

CSI: Who Killed Cock Robin?

Jennifer Culver, Univ. of Texas–Dallas, and Lynn Payette, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts


1.30 PM

Session 264: Geography, Lands, Environments in Tolkien’s Legendarium

Presider: Brad Eden, Univ. of California–Santa Barbara

“We Have Not Here a Lasting City”: The Undying Lands and the Other Disappearing Landscapes of Arda

Jeffrey Pinyan, Independent Scholar

The Clay of Cataclysm: Graeco-Roman and Medieval Notions of Adaptation Present in the Building, Destruction, and Rebuilding of Middle-earth

James R. Vitullo, William Rainey Harper College

Geography’s Grammar: A Stylistic Analysis of Middle-earth

Robin Anne Reid

Concerning Horses: Tolkien and Horses in the Legendarium

Janice M. Bogstad, Univ. of Wisconsin–Eau Claire


3.30 PM

Session 322: Returning Heroes: Medieval and Modern in Tolkien’s Legendarium

Presider: Yvette Kisor, Ramapo College

Gandalf’s Sojourn through Purgatory: Medieval and Modern Adventure?

Nicole Andel, Pennsylvania State Univ.

“Well, I’m Back”: Tolkien’s Return Song in Two Part Harmony

Vickie Holtz-Wodzak, Viterbo Univ.

Point of No Return: The Scarred Homecoming in the Writing of J. R. R. Tolkien

Perry Harrison, Abilene Christian Univ.

Making Heroes: The Reception of Returning Soldiers in the Novels of J. R. R. Tolkien and Virginia Woolf

Margaret Sinex, Western Illinois Univ.


7.30 PM


Presider: Robin Anne Reid

(1) Maidens of Middle-earth

Eileen Marie Moore, Independent Scholar

(2) The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun

John D. Rateliff, Independent Scholar; Deidre Dawson, Michigan State Univ.; Richard C. West, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Dimitra Fimi, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff; and Deborah Webster Rogers, Independent Scholar

(3) Music Inspired by the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

Brad Eden, Univ. of California–Santa Barbara

(4) “Where Did Our Ring Go?”: The Motown Tolkien

Mike Foster, Independent Scholar; Merlin DeTardo, Independent Scholar; Jo Foster, Independent Scholar; and Amy Amendt-Raduege, Whatcom Community College


10 AM

Session 380: Medievalist Fantasies of Christendom: The Use of the Medieval as Christian Apologetic in the Literature of the Inklings and Their Contemporaries

Presider: Cory Lowell Grewell

The Battle for Middle Earth: Medieval Fantasy of Christendom by a Modern Apologetic

Morgan Mayreis-Voorhis, Independent Scholar

(the rest of this session consists of one paper on Wms' Arthuriad and two on Narnia)


12 noon

Tolkien at Kalamazoo

Business Meeting

1 comment:

Jason Fisher said...

I did the combing and have noted the additional Tolkien-related presentations here at my blog.