Mythmoot V: Fantastic Frontiers took place at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia from Thursday, June 21st through Sunday, June 24, 2018. The program included special guests John Garth, Douglas Anderson, Marc Okrand and the Prancing Pony Podcasters, Alan Sisto and Shawn E. Marchese; as well as a new “Room of Requirement” activity space and Project Paparazzi, a photo contest featuring Signum’s illustrious president, the submissions of which can be viewed at the bottom of the event page. As always, paper presentations by conference participants covered a wide range of topics in speculative fiction.
Mythmoot V sought proposals for presentations under 30 minutes long on Tolkien and other imaginative fiction and philology. An hour-and-half-long workshop proposals were also solicited. All proposals traversing literature in its wondrous variety were considered; themes of particular interest included:
- Imaginative Literature – Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction from Mary Shelley and H.P. Lovecraft to Ursula Le Guin and Neil Gaiman, exploring how these works depict or enact fantastic frontiers, their creation, and their transcendence.
- Tolkien and Inklings Studies – Research on the works and lives of Tolkien, Lewis, Williams, Barfield, and their friends and contemporaries as they interact with each other, their modern context, and classic and imaginative literature, especially as they explore boundary-crossing.
- Germanic Philology – Research on the relationships between language and literature in the past, present, and future.
Page through the proceedings below by clicking on the squares above the cover or check out the work of a specific presenter by using the presenter list. A playlist of videos from this Moot is also available on Youtube. Happy reading/viewing!
Presenter List (Alphabetical)
Chris Gavaler & Nathaniel Goldberg
Laura Lee Smith