As noted in the report on the 2015 meeting of the Society at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, the Society voted to propose a session for the 2016 South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) conference, to be held in Dallas, Texas, USA, on 3-5 November 2016. Those who attended the 2015 iteration of the conference, just concluded in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, were given a form to propose special sessions at the 2016 conference, in which 30-word descriptions and contact information for session organizers is requested. In accord with the Society’s (thwarted) desire to see an “Unconventional Medievalisms” panel at the 2016 International Congress on Medieval Studies and the aforementioned decision to pursue a panel at the 2016 SCMLA conference, the following text is being sent to SCMLA officers for inclusion in forthcoming newsletters:

The medieval appears in historical, fantastic, and speculative fiction–and other places seldom investigated. The less-investigated is the focus of the proposed panel. More information appears at and

The “More information” is this:

That the medieval appears in historical, fantastic, and speculative fiction is a commonplace–and sensibly so. Historical fiction that situates itself in the centuries between the fall of Western Rome and the emergence of the traditional Renaissance will necessarily work with the medieval. Fantastic fiction, following Tolkien and the more recent Martin, also makes much of the medieval, deploying its tropes to various purposes but in effect making medievalism a convention of the genre. Something similar happens in much speculative fiction, if less often. But the medieval also appears in other places–in a variety of contemporary musical genres, in amusement parks, in other fictional genres than the commonplace, in body modifications, and elsewhere. For a special session at the 2016 South Central Modern Language Association conference–3-5 November 2016 in Dallas, Texas, USA–the Tales after Tolkien Society requests abstracts (100-300 words) of papers looking at how the medieval manifests in one unconventional place or another. Please send them to Geoffrey B. Elliott, Tales after Tolkien Society Vice-President (USA), at before 1 February 2016.

This text also appears on the Society blog.

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Calls for Proposals

  1. There is still time to submit to our TAT panel at Kalamazoo next year: Ä Session of Ice and Fire: Medievalism in the Game of Thrones franchise.” Just send me an email to this address or by the 15th September.
  2. Another Kalamazoo CFP “Knights errant and private dicks” on medievalism and crime fiction is here I believe there is still some space in this one.
  3. Leeds IMC next year. Is there any interest in a TAT panel? The dates are 4-7th July, so if you are going to another conference in the UK at about that time it could make a good double. Please let me know ASAP (by this Friday, 11th Sept) if you might be interested and I put together a panel. An abstract isn’t needed at this stage, but a title or few sentences of your possible topic would be helpful.
  4. Our Tales After Tolkien blog always welcomes posts!
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Fantasy and Science Fiction Medievalisms: From Isaac Asimov to A Game of Thrones

Fantasy and Science Fiction Medievalisms: From Isaac Asimov to A Game of Thrones  9781604978964front
Ed. Helen Young

Introduction (Helen Young)
Part I: The Afterlives of Middle-earth
Chapter 1: Low-Culture Receptions of Tolkien’s High Fantasy: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want…” (Chris Bishop)
Chapter 2: Tolkien After Tolkien: Medieval and Medievalist Intertexts in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings (Margarita Carretero-González)
Part II: Dirt and Grit
Chapter 3: Rewriting the Fantasy Archetype: George R. R. Martin, Neomedievalist Fantasy, and the Quest for Realism (Shiloh Carroll)
Chapter 4: Grim and Grimdark (Gillian Polack)
Chapter 5: Our minds are in the gutter, but some of us are watching Starz…: Sex, Violence and Dirty Medievalism (Andrew Elliott)
Part III: Science Fiction Medievalisms
Chapter 6: Empire and After: Science Fiction’s Medievalism in the Golden Age and Beyond (Donald Riggs)
Chapter 7: Sword and Science: Science Fiction Interpretations of Medieval Arthurian Literature and Legend in Stargate SG-1 (Steven Gil)
Part IV: Expanding the Medieval
Chapter 8: The Arabian Nights in Twenty-First Century Fantasy Fiction and Film (Kris Swank)
Chapter 9: Moving Beyond Tolkien’s Medievalism Through Robin Hobb’s Farseer and Tawny Man Trilogies (Geoffrey B. Elliott)

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The Middle Ages in Popular Culture: Medievalism and Genre (Ed. Helen Young)

The Middle Ages in Popular Culture: Medievalism and Genre
(Ed. Helen Young)9781604978971front

  1. Female Protagonists in Arthurian Television for the Young: Gendering Camelot (Clare Bradford and Rebecca Hutton)
  2. Women of the Cinematic Middle Ages in Red Riding Hood and Brave: Marriage or Monsters (Judy Ford)
  3. Medievalism and the Courtship Plot in Julie Garwood’s Popular Romance Novels (Geneva Diamond)
  4. The Authenticity of Intersectionality in Nicola Griffith’s Hild (Robin Anne Reid)
  5. Reinventing the Past in European Neo-medieval Music (Alana Bennett)
  6. Neomedievalism and the Epic in Assassin’s Creed: The Hero’s Quest (Elisabeth Herbst Buzay and Emmanuel Buzay)
  7. The Cyberpunk Road away from Middle-earth toward Virtual Atonement: A Quest-Pilgrimage and Surgical-Torture of Transient Transcendence between the Boundaries of Gender and Sexuality in William Gibson’s Fiction and the Wachowski Sibling’s Films (Carol Robinson)
  8. Medievalism, the Detective, and the Quest for Whodunnit (Anne McKendry)
  9. King Arthur and the Knights of the Postmodern Fable: Folding the Dead (Molly Brown)
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