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I had to let the video upload on YouTube run overnight because of my current Internet situation but--at last!--the video of my presentation on Saturday at Mythmoot is finally ready. The full title (which is too long to fit in the title field) is "Transformative Works as a Means to Develop Critical Perspectives in the Tolkien Fan Community." The paper covers the history of Tolkien fan fiction, the development of online communities, and the use of Tolkien fan fiction as a means for writers to not only learn more about the texts but to become more analytical and critical readers. This is probably not news for anyone here, but keep in mind that I was presenting to a general (and not necessarily fanfic-friendly) audience at a fantasy studies conference.

The handout for the presentation can be found here. An audio-only version of the presentation can be found here.

Thoughts and reactions are most welcome, of course! :)

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Date: 2015-01-30 03:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aranrhodinhimring
It's been so long since I used a journaling platform that I've entirely forgotten the etiquette, so I'm just going to say hello, thank you for friending me back, and your presentation is fantastic! Wonderfully in-depth analysis of Tolkien fandom and the idea of critical vs creative response - particularly interesting to hear the bits about the crossover between Tolkien academia and Tolkien fandom. I'm sat right in the middle, working on my Masters with Tolkien as my focus, writing Tolkien fanfic since I was tiny, so it was really fascinating. It seems to be one of the areas/fandoms that there actually is a fair degree of crossover; I was beyond surprised when my diss advisor had a sort of 'other minds and hands' wink-wink-nudge-nudge response to my wish for more in depth stories alongside what was provided by The Silmarillion.

I've rambled, I'm sorry, but I just wanted to say that basically this was a great paper and I'm thoroughly jealous of Mythmoot attendance and the opportunity to meet Professor Olsen

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Date: 2015-01-31 01:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aranrhodinhimring
Yeah, I suppose one of the problems it's easy to run into when you're writing/talking academically about something you love is that you start defending it. I honestly have notes to myself written on my research saying 'YOU ARE NOT WRITING A DEFENCE!!'

Ohhh, that does sound interesting! I've only read Beowulf the once, for a course last year, but I'd like to get my hands on Tolkien's translation and see how it compares. I'm more or less in the middle of writing mine at the moment - nostalgia in the Legendarium, and ways in which it's undermined, which is fascinating, but I think my advisor was right when she said it might be more suited to being a PhD topic. It's incredibly difficult to pin down, and I only have 16,000 words to work with. I was hoping to finish by May but that's looking less and less likely now.

I need to get back to listening to his podcasts, I was about halfway through his Silmarillion Seminar series before things got in the way.

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Date: 2015-02-01 10:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aranrhodinhimring
I have a tendency to forget that a lot of people have issues with the legality of fanfic - I was introduced to it when I was about 12, so was a pretty ubiquitous part of my formative years! It probably didn't help that two years of my undergrad were spent looking at how recent issues of things like copyright and 'idea ownership' are, so I feel like it's cemented as absolutely valid to me and I have to remind myself that not everyone agrees.

Multiple translations of works are fascinating, so it'll be interesting to read it, and the criticism that goes alongside it! Another thing to go on my to-read list ...

And hah, that some synchronicity!

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