IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1736: Borders in Tolkien's Medievalism, III

Thursday 9 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Andrew Higgins, Independent Scholar, Brighton
Moderator/Chair:Andrew Higgins, Independent Scholar, Brighton
Paper 1736-aBoundaries and Marches: Marked and Unmarked Edges in Tolkien's Maps
(Language: English)
Erik Mueller-Harder, Independent Scholar, Vermont
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1736-bThe Walls of the World and the Voyage of the Evening Star: The Complex Borders of Tolkien's Medieval Geocentric Cosmology
(Language: English)
Kristine Larsen, Department of Geological Sciences, Central Connecticut State University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1736-cThe Limits of Subcreation
(Language: English)
Lars Konzack, Institut for Kommunikation Københavns Universitet
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1736-dTime-Travel, Astronomy, and Magic Mirrors: The Borders between 'Reality' and 'Otherworlds' within Middle-earth
(Language: English)
Aurelie Bremont, Centre d'Etudes Médiévales Anglaises (CEMA) Sorbonne Université Paris
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - Other, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Abstract

Tolkien spent most of his lifetime inventing an extended mythology which displays an impressive array of ‘secondary world infrastructures’ (Mark Wolf, Building Imaginary Worlds, (Routledge 2012)). The richness of his world-building allows scholars to directly address the overall theme of this conference with papers exploring all aspects of borders in Tolkien’s works in their broadest sense; including explorations of geographical, conceptual, political, and linguistic borders in Tolkien’s secondary world as well as the role and impact of borders on the peoples and cultures of Tolkien’s world-building and in his other creative and academic explorations.