Sunday, December 31, 1995

1995 Mythopoeic Award Nominees

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Comments: One of the weaknesses of the Mythopoeic Awards is the Scholarship in Inklings Studies award, which ostensibly is to recognize works of scholarship about the members of the Inklings, but in practice is mostly about recognizing works of scholarship about (and sometimes by) J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. The 1995 awards display this tendency quite well: The Inklings Scholarship category had five nominees, two of which were about Tolkien, and three of which were about Lewis. Both men left a legacy that is certainly worth scholarly inquiry, but having an award that has such a tight focus seems to me to be an unsound situation.

Best Adult Fantasy Literature

Something Rich and Strange by Patricia A. McKillip

Other Nominees:
The Dubious Hills by Pamela Dean
The Hollowing by Robert Holdstock
Temporary Agency by Rachel Pollack

Best Children's Fantasy Literature

Owl in Love by Patrice Kindl

Other Nominees:
Good Griselle by Jane Yolen
A Knot in the Grain and Other Stories by Robin McKinley
The Princess and the Lord of Night by Emma Bull
Switching Well by Peni R. Griffin

Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

C.S. Lewis in Context by Doris T. Myers

Other Nominees:
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Patterning of a Fantastic World by Colin Manlove
The Fiction of C.S. Lewis: Mask and Mirror by Kath Filmer
J.R.R. Tolkien: Life and Legend introduction by Judith Priestman
Tolkien: A Critical Assessment by Brian Rosebury

Myth and Fantasy Studies

Old Tales and New Truths: Charting the Bright-Shadow World by James Roy King

Other Nominees:
Fairy Tale as Myth/Myth as Fairy Tale by Jack Zipes
For the Childlike: George MacDonald's Fantasies for Children edited by Roderick McGillis
From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers by Marina Warner
When Toys Come Alive: Narratives of Animation, Metamorphosis, and Development by Lois Rostow Kuznets

Go to previous year's nominees: 1994
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 1996

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