“The Valkyrie and the Goddess: The Warrior Woman in Fantasy" - Call for Papers
Our theme is the use of female imagery in the traditionally masculine realm of battle, as expressed in the literature of myth and fantasy. More broadly, it can include fantasy writers' depictions of women in heroic roles, women responding actively and positively to situations of conflict and danger, and the questions of aesthetics and narrative structure that such issues can raise. Papers dealing with these conference themes are especially encouraged. We also welcome papers focusing on the work and interests of the Inklings (especially J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams), of our Guest of Honor, and other fantasy authors and themes. Papers from a variety of critical perspectives and disciplines are welcome.