Friday, July 06, 2012

Mythopoeic Society

There are many literary organizations that study and discuss fantasy worlds in fiction. The Mythopoeic Society is an excellent organization of this kind. Founded in 1967 by Glen GoodKnight, the Society is dedicated to the study of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams and fantasy literature. The Society contributes many things to the fantasy genre.

According to the Society definition, mythopoeic means "myth-making" or "productive of myths." This type of literature draws from the world of myth to produce powerful works of lasting resonance, sophisticated themes and mythic proportions. Such things are found in the books of many authors, though the Society's emphasis in on Tolkien, Lewis and Williams.

The Society has three publications it publishes. Mythprint is the monthly newsletter with news of the Society's doings, editorials, information on books and many other things. Mythic Circle is a short fiction magazine of fantasy stories and poetry. The last publication provides the most interest to serious fantasy readers.

Mythlore contains articles, book reviews and other features on their featured authors and other fantasy fiction. These articles provide in depth studies of various aspects of their topics. This publication is a gold mine for readers interested in the literary aspects of fantasy worlds.

The Mythopoeic Society does other things too. They put on an annual conference with papers, discussions, music and many other things. An annual award is given to a fantasy book that exemplifies the spirit of the "Inklings" (Tolkien, Lewis, Williams). Also, they have independent affiliated discussion groups for people who want to discuss fantasy in their own regions.

The Mythopoeic Society is an important organization for readers and writers of Fantasy. Their publications provide greater understanding of the Fantasy genre. It helps legitimize Fantasy as a viable literature. I have been a member for many years and recommend the society for fantasy fans. Check out their Internet site at "http://www.mythsoc.org" for more information.

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