Call for Papers: Divination Themes in Mythopoeic Literature
Submissions: Janet Brennan Croft, editor of Mythlore,firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline: July 15, 2017 Guest editor: Emily E. Auger
The theme of divination is usually expressed in literature as fortune-telling (astrology, tarot, runes, etc.), oracular pronouncements, or prophecy. Mythopoeic literature "is literature that creates a new and transformative mythology, or incorporates and transforms existing mythological material. Transformation is the key – mere static reference to mythological elements, invented or pre-existing, is not enough. The mythological elements must be of sufficient importance in the work to influence the spiritual, moral, and/or creative lives of the characters, and must reflect and support the author’s underlying themes. This type of work, at its best, should also inspire the reader to examine the importance of mythology in his or her own spiritual, moral, and creative development" (From the statement of purpose for Mythlore).
Papers on specific works and/or the works of specific authors, including comparative treatments are particularly welcome.
Here is an incomplete list of possible authors and works, some of which may need more thought regarding their status as mythopoeic. It is a bit biased toward Tarot, but we are really looking for a range of approaches to divination.
Pre-WWII T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land (1922) Charles Williams, The Greater Trumps (1932) W.B. Yeats, various
Mid-Twentieth-Century William Gresham, Nightmare Alley (1946) C.S. Lewis, Chronicles of Narnia (1950s) J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (1950s)
1960s-1980s Italo Calvino, Castle of Crossed Destinies (1973) John Crowley, Little, Big (1981) Samuel R. Delany, Nova (1968) Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle (1963) (maybe) Frank Herbert's Dune series (1965-1985) Stephen King, The Gunslinger 1982, The Dark Tower series through 2012 Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian (1985) Terry Pratchett (various) Jane Yolen, Cards of Grief (1984) Roger Zelazny, Chronicles of Amber (series) (1970s-1980s)
1990s-2000s Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (2004) Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus (2011) Rachel Pollack, The Child Eater (2014) Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, Good Omens (1990) Tim Powers, Last Call (1992) J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter (1990s-2000s) Richard Kaczynski, The Billionth Monkey (2015)