CFP: ‘Tolkien’s Medicinal Medieval World: Illness and Healing in Middle-earth’

Edited Collection: Call for Chapters  

‘Tolkien’s Medicinal Medieval World: Illness and Healing in Middle-earth’ 

Deadline for submissions: August 1, 2020 

Annie Brust, Kent State University, Geauga 

Contact email: abrust@kent.edu (mailto: abrust@kent.edu) 

This Collection: This collection focuses on and explores the concepts of illness and healing in association with Tolkien’s medieval connections and Middle-earth. Proposals/Articles should explore ideas on how a specific text, character, concept or aspect of the author’s work impacts the world of illness and healing, as characterized by medieval concepts and/or the medieval influence of Tolkien’s worlds/texts.  

In times of uncertainty, literature provides unique insight into human turmoil—both cultural and physical.  J.R.R. Tolkien’s reimagining of the medieval world and its systemic problems, provide a first-hand account—albeit fictional—of the real and gruesome harshness of illness and pain that plague humanity today. This session will look at the unique ways Tolkien’s writing—as influenced from medieval text—treats illness, healing, and triumph over worldwide struggle through herbal remedy, unification of culture and confrontation of systemic hatred. Middle-earth serves as microcosm of hope against systemic illness and danger; and in effect heals a broken world. 

Scholars interesting in contributing to the collection on ‘Tolkien’s Medicinal Medieval World: Illness and Healing in Middle-earth’ should submit an abstract of 250-400 words, and a biographical statement of 100 words to the volume editor, Annie Brust, at abrust@kent.edu. An academic independent publisher has expressed preliminary interest in publishing the collection, therefore accepted abstracts will be included in the formal project proposal to be vetted through their peer review process. Again, submissions should focus on the concepts and healing throughout Tolkien’s works and consider real world implications as well as those implied through medieval context and fantasy. Articles should be between 5000-8000 words and in Chicago style. Please contact abrust@kent.edu with any questions related to this project.  

Submit proposals by August 1, 2021, or complete articles (peer-reviewed only) by February 15, 2022, to editor abrust@kent.edu 

Interested in writing/presenting about Tolkien and Medieval Medicine?

At the tenth hour, I am looking for submissions for special sessions topic at Kalamazoo 2021. The topic is Tolkien’s World and Medieval Medicine:

Abstract:

In times of uncertainty, literature provides unique insight into human turmoil—both cultural and physical. J.R.R. Tolkien’s reimaginings of the medieval world and its systemic problems, provide a first hand account—albeit fictional—of the real and gruesome harshness of illness and pain that plague humanity today. This session will look at the unique ways Tolkien’s writing—as influenced from medieval text—treats illness, healing, and triumph over worldwide struggle through herbal remedy, unification fo culture and confrontation of systemic hatred. Middle-earth serves as microcosm of hope against systemic illness and danger; and in effect heals a broken world.

If you are interested please email me an abstract of 250 words or less by tomorrow at 5pm EST. You must apply as a participant for the conference by midnight tomorrow 9/15. I will email out the link for the KZOO participant form following submission.

Please email your abstracts to Abrust@kent.edu.

The Tolkien experience

If you haven’t checked out this podcast, you should. The guests featured, offer insightful and inspiring looks into their journeys with Tolkien. I especially recommend this podcast for those of you who are working on academic pieces. The interviews/testimonials have been extremely helpful in my own research, especially to hear how established critics in the field, have experienced much of the same difficulties I have had in approaching his archival materials. Thanks to Luke Shelton and Dr. Sarah Brown for putting this together. This week’s episode features Shaun Gunner, chair of the Tolkien Society. See the link below:

TEP #5 – Shaun Gunner

Edith Bratt

New publication on the bio of Edith Bratt. Very exciting news. I learned about this project last year at KZoo and have been excited to see it come to fruition. Such an interning story. I am attaching the link shared by Luke Shelton and others. If you have checked out The Tolkien Experience podcast and/or Prancing Pony they are both worth listen. See links below:

https://scholar.valpo.edu/journaloftolkienresearch/vol8/iss1/9/

Tolkien Experience Project

http://theprancingponypodcast.libsyn.com/001-in-defense-of-fantasy

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