Tomorrow I will drive to Taylor University to attend my first conference related to C. S. Lewis! I've been wanting to attend one for years!
What I am most excited about:
Hearing Charlie Starr present: "Light: C. S. Lewis's First and Only Short Story". I've been looking forward to reading Dr. Starr's new book since I first heard about him starting it around a year ago!
I'm also looking forward to hearing keynote speakers Alan Jacobs and David Downing.
The following are the titles of papers to be presented that most interest me:
Jan Prewitt, "Examining the Characters of Two Minor, But Nevertheless Heroic, Characters‐Sam and Gimli‐as They Relate to the Heroic Journey as Described by Campbell"
Joe R. Christopher, "C.S. Lewis's Lost Arthurian Poem"
Jonathan Himes, "Feminine Leadership: Lewis's Reason and Spenser's Britomart"
Martin Batts, "C.S. Lewis and a Return to the Great Books"
John Stanifer, "A Prisoner's Duty: The Sacred Role of Reading in the Christian Life"
William Vaus, "C.S. Lewis' Reading of George MacDonald"
Benita Huffman Muth, "Few Return to the Sunlit Lands: Lewis's Classical Underworld in The Silver Chair"
Sharon Kotapish, "The Intertwining of Reason and Imagination: Casting Truth in an Imaginary World"
Kimberly Moore-Jumanville, "C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and the Necessity of the Terrible Good"
Donald Williams, "A Tryst with the Transcendentals: C.S. Lewis on Beauty, Truth, and Goodness, Part II: Truth"
David Rozema, "Facts and Meanings: From Word to Myth"
Paul Michelson, "The Evolution of J.R.R. Tolkien's Thought on Fairy-stories"
Constance Rice, "Renewed Interest in popular Culture of the Fairy Tale"
Crystal Downing, "From Versailles to Verneuil: The Shaping of Dorothy L. Sayers"
Mark R. Hall, "Aragorn and Arthur, Merlin and Gandalf: Tolkien's Transmogrification of the Arthurian Tradition and Its Use as a Palimpsest for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings"
Jessica D. Dooley, "Whimsy and Wisdom: Fairyland as a Window to Reality in the Fiction of Chesterton and MacDonald"
Paulette Sauders, "Through the Lens of The Four Loves: The Idea of Love in Till We Have Faces"
Michael P. Muth, "A Wild Hope: Resurrection Bodies, Creaturely Integrity, and Lewis's Platonism"
Unfortunately I'm going to have to pick and choose between some of these that will be presented at the same time in different rooms... decisions, decisions... (And no, I did not list all the papers being presented. You can see the entire schedule here: http://lewisconference.zondervanlibrary.org/schedule/)