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Essays Triologue: Kepler, Twain, Lewis By Susan Dorman, Sharon L. Bolding 2024 Independent Scholar

Essays Triologue: Kepler, Twain, Lewis By Susan Dorman, Sharon L. Bolding

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

Review of Essays Triologue: Kepler, Twain, Lewis by Susan Dorman. A collection of essays in support of her creative writing endeavors, this review looks at the thematic and analytical structure of her academic research leading up to her creative writing publications concerning fantastic voyages.


Tarot And Other Meditation Decks: History, Theory, Aesthetics, Typology, 2nd Edition By Emily E. Auger, Laurel Stevens 2024 Independent Scholar

Tarot And Other Meditation Decks: History, Theory, Aesthetics, Typology, 2nd Edition By Emily E. Auger, Laurel Stevens

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

Book Review: In the second edition of Tarot and Other Meditation Decks: History, Theory, Aesthetics, Typology author Emily E. Auger examines Tarot's relationship to art movements, literature, and film. This expansion on the first edition adds a more in-depth appendix, additional research to enhance the existing sections, and a new section focusing on the influence of the shadow on both Tarot itself and the other mediums Tarot influences.


The Archetype Of The Dying And Rising God In World Mythology By Paul R. Rovang, James Hamby 2024 Middle Tennessee State University

The Archetype Of The Dying And Rising God In World Mythology By Paul R. Rovang, James Hamby

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

No abstract provided.


Fantasy: How It Works By Brian Attebery, Glenn Gray 2024 Unaffiliated

Fantasy: How It Works By Brian Attebery, Glenn Gray

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

No abstract provided.


In Memoriam: Peter J. Schakel, Janet Brennan Croft 2024 University of Northern Iowa

In Memoriam: Peter J. Schakel, Janet Brennan Croft

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

Peter Schakel was a prominent Lewis Scholar and long-time member of the Mythlore editorial board.


In Memoriam: Richard Plotz, Janet Brennan Croft 2024 University of Northern Iowa

In Memoriam: Richard Plotz, Janet Brennan Croft

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

Dick Plotz was the founder of the American Tolkien Society, which later merged into the Mythopoeic Society.


Some Observations On The Newspaper Reports On Tolkien’S Andrew Lang Lecture In 1939, Matthew Thompson-Handell 2024 Independent researcher

Some Observations On The Newspaper Reports On Tolkien’S Andrew Lang Lecture In 1939, Matthew Thompson-Handell

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

Observations about how newspaper reports were written and filed in the late 1930s lead to a reassessment of the contents of the “On Fairy-stories” lecture and its differences from the published version.


Dating The Dark Tower, Lee Oser 2024 College of the Holy Cross

Dating The Dark Tower, Lee Oser

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

The compositional history of The Dark Tower is contested and complex, but newly discovered clues within the published work do not contradict Jonathan Himes’s well-informed hypothesis, that Lewis “worked on the story in stages between the late 30s and the mid 50s.”


Whatever Happened To The Princess Bride?: Thoughts For Further William Goldman Research, G. Connor Salter 2024 Independent Scholar

Whatever Happened To The Princess Bride?: Thoughts For Further William Goldman Research, G. Connor Salter

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

This note considers why research on William Goldman, best known to fantasy fans as the author the the screenplay for The Princess Bride, has been sparse, and the potential to study him as a mythopoeic author.


“Hell Is Only A Word. The Reality Is Much, Much Worse”: Black Holes As Fantasy Gateways To Hell, Kristine Larsen 2024 Central Connecticut State University

“Hell Is Only A Word. The Reality Is Much, Much Worse”: Black Holes As Fantasy Gateways To Hell, Kristine Larsen

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

While the genre of space horror is generically defined as simply space-based horror, there exist specific tropes that can be used to identify representative works. Among these are: (i) a relatively small ensemble cast, (ii) many of whom die over the course of the story; (iii) a secret corporate/political/military agenda and (iv) physical and psychological stresses due to the arduous process of space travel and related isolation. A subset of space horror adds metaphysical elements, drawing connections to Hell, more specifically a liminal space that Victor Turner terms the “betwixt and between.” As the region around and within the event …


Hell As An Exploration Of Sin: A Comparison Of Alan Moore’S Providence To Dante’S Inferno, Zachary Rutledge 2024 Peninsula College

Hell As An Exploration Of Sin: A Comparison Of Alan Moore’S Providence To Dante’S Inferno, Zachary Rutledge

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

In Alan Moore’s graphic novel Providence, Robert Black travels Lovecraftian New England and suffers a series of horrifying encounters—each an allusion to a Lovecraft story. These encounters contain direct references to various sins and taboos, thereby making explicit much of the sublimated sexuality in Lovecraft’s works. Therefore, Black’s journey constitutes not only a trip through Lovecraft’s mythology but also reads as a cataloguing of sins reminiscent of Dante’s passage through the levels of sin in Inferno. This paper identifies and explores the similarities between Dante and Black as examples of those who descend to the underworld along with a …


Two Roads To Hell: Rebirth And Relevance In Musical Adaptations Of Katabatic Myth, Jarrod DePrado 2024 Sacred Heart University

Two Roads To Hell: Rebirth And Relevance In Musical Adaptations Of Katabatic Myth, Jarrod Deprado

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

The paper examines two myth-inspired musicals—The Frogs by Burt Shevelove and Stephen Sondheim and Hadestown by Anaïs Mitchell—concerning journeys to the underworld that benefit society. Both musicals undergo adaptation and revision processes that reflect the political and social concerns of the day. The Frogs depicts Dionysus’ journey to Hades to bring back a poet (originally Euripides, now George Bernard Shaw). However, it was not until the 2004 Broadway adaptation that overtly anti-authoritarian messages were added, aimed at the Bush administration. As a “folk opera,” Hadestown retells Orpheus’ descent to the Underworld to rescue Euridice as a commentary on economic …


Timeless Moments: Russell Kirk, Charles Williams, And Stephen King On The Afterlife, Camilo Peralta 2024 Joliet Junior College

Timeless Moments: Russell Kirk, Charles Williams, And Stephen King On The Afterlife, Camilo Peralta

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

What happens to us after death is one of the oldest and most difficult questions. Even the standard response of many Christians, that we go to either Heaven, Hell, or Purgatory, can only partly satisfy, because while we experience the passing of time in a linear manner, those places are said to exist completely outside of time. How, then, can it make sense to speak of “going” to Heaven or Hell after death? Must we not always and forever be there—even during our lifetimes? Russell Kirk, a Catholic historian from Michigan who often speculated about the afterlife in his fiction …


Orpheus And The Harrowing Of Hell In The Tale Of Beren And Lúthien, Giovanni Carmine Costabile 2024 Independent

Orpheus And The Harrowing Of Hell In The Tale Of Beren And Lúthien, Giovanni Carmine Costabile

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

Critics have observed that Beren and Lúthien’s tale is a Christian retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. The “Harrowing of Hell” tradition is widespread in Italy as attested by the mosaic of San Marco among others, but it is in France that the Ovid Moralized reconnects it to Orpheus who descended into the Underworld to save Eurydice (an already late antique parallel) and therefore attests a happy ending version of the story that can be found in medieval England and also in various classical sources, perhaps even in the original legend of Orpheus. The apocryphal Harrowing is also …


Denial And Acceptance: A Core Myth Of Orpheus And Eurydice In The Modern Lyric, Brian O. Murdoch 2024 University of Stirling, Scotland

Denial And Acceptance: A Core Myth Of Orpheus And Eurydice In The Modern Lyric, Brian O. Murdoch

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

The story of Orpheus’s failed attempt to bring Eurydice back from the dead is a frequently used theme in literature and in the modern lyric in particular, and it has been the subject of sometimes excessively complex critical attention. One core of the myth, however, is the need for the living to face and to accept the fact of the death of someone close to them. Modern lyrics in different European languages—the heirs to the classical myth—make clear how Orpheus’s attempt to bring his wife back from Hades was always impossible, and that his reaction was thus a form of …


Tolkien, Augustinian Theodicy, And 'Lovecraftian' Evil, Perry Neil Harrison 2024 Fort Hays State University

Tolkien, Augustinian Theodicy, And 'Lovecraftian' Evil, Perry Neil Harrison

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

A number of scholars have commented upon Augustine of Hippo’s influence upon J.R.R. Tolkien’s portrayal of evil in his legendarium. However, in his seminal work J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century, Tom Shippey pushes back against this perception, noting that there are some forms of evil in the legendarium that do not adhere to the Augustine’s belief that evil is merely a “twisting” of good. This article argues that Ungoliant is one such exception to the Augustinian paradigm because of the uncertainty regarding her origins.This uncertainty complicates the Augustinian view of evil that permeates the legendarium and instead echoes …


Substance Abuse: The Symbolic Geography Of Hell In The Great Divorce, Richard A. Bergen 2024 Corpus Christi College

Substance Abuse: The Symbolic Geography Of Hell In The Great Divorce, Richard A. Bergen

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell is a Romantic vision of evil energy that reaches to the heavens, a geographical representation of capacity and scope and perpetual cosmic change. On the other hand, Lewis’s vision of hell in The Great Divorce is that of a land without substance: a conurbation of addiction to mental maladies, an endless mental substance abuse, an emptying of presence, and a banal stasis to the journey of the soul. Many of Lewis’s sources and inspirations for The Great Divorce, similarly, portray hell as a land of paradoxical “seeming-largeness”, while having ontological smallness. Throughout …


Introduction To Special Issue: Fantasy Goes To Hell, Janet Brennan Croft, Erin Giannini 2024 University of Northern Iowa

Introduction To Special Issue: Fantasy Goes To Hell, Janet Brennan Croft, Erin Giannini

Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature

No abstract provided.


Pity, Power, And Tolkien's Ring: To Rule The Fate Of Many (2023) By Thomas P. Hillman, Marilyn R. Pukkila 2024 Colby College

Pity, Power, And Tolkien's Ring: To Rule The Fate Of Many (2023) By Thomas P. Hillman, Marilyn R. Pukkila

Journal of Tolkien Research

Book review, by Marilyn R. Pukkila, of Pity, Power, and Tolkien's Ring: To Rule the Fate of Many (2023) by Thomas P. Hillman


Schedule & Program Booklet, English Department, Kutztown University 2024 Kutztown University

Schedule & Program Booklet, English Department, Kutztown University

KUCC -- Kutztown University Composition Conference

The program for the 2024 Kutztown University Composition Conference.


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