116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Literature of the Oxford Inklings

Session Chair: 
Jefferey Taylor, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Session 1: Friday 1:30 pm – 3 pm
Carver 261


  1. Jefferey Taylor, Metropolitan State University of Denver
    There is much of Barfield’s evolution of consciousness in Tolkien’s “On Faerie Stories” that illuminates illustrations of consciousness in The Lord of the Rings and elsewhere. Tolkien’s poem “Mythopoeia,” part of the early ideological struggle between Lewis and his Inklings friends, reveals Tolkien’s alignment with Barfield’s poetic philosophy against the banal empiricism of the age.
  2. Shane Peterson, University of Washington - Seattle
    If we were to date the beginning of the Anthropocene around the advent of nuclear radiation during the early 1950s, then we could accurately say that J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth saga is the first mythology of the Anthropocene, which would require a re-reading of his works through this lens. 
  3. Laura Van Dyke, University of Ottawa
    Although ecocriticism has not yet given sustained attention to the work of the “third Inkling,” Charles Williams, the image of a coinherent (or interconnected) world he envisions in his cycle of Arthurian poetry intersects with much of contemporary green discourse, inviting a reconsideration of his work.  
  4. Leslie A. Taylor, Independent Scholar
    Lewis was an encouraging reader of Barfield’s soon to be published narrative poem The Tower. In a 1922 diary entry, Lewis reacts favorably to an early draft but also compares The Tower to Browning’s obscure poem Sordello. Lewis’s later critique of the completed poem is more tempered, but he complimentarily compares The Tower to Wordsworth’s The Prelude.
Session Cancelled: