The Once and Future Antiquity: Classical Traditions in Science Fiction and Fantasy
March 27-28, 2015
University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, WA, USA

Friday, March 27

6 - 7 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Atrium, Wyatt Hall

7 - 8:30 p.m.
Keynote Address: “Classical Reception and the Half-Elf Cleric”
C. W. Marshall, University of British Columbia
Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall


Saturday, March 28

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. 
Atrium, Wyatt Hall

8:30 - 10 a.m.
Paper Session One

Session A: Archaeologies of future pasts
Wyatt Hall, Room 109

  1. Jesse Weiner (Hamilton College)
    "Saxa loquuntur? Archaeological fantasies in Wilhelm Jensen's Gradiva"
  2. Marian Makins (University of Pennsylvania)
    "Memories of (Roman) war in Tolkien's "The Passages of the Marshes"
  3. Laura Zientek (University of Puget Sound)
    "A quantum Odyssey: Homeric echoes in the work of Jack McDevitt"

Session B: Ancient irruptions
Wyatt Hall, Room 101

  1. Claire Kenward (University of Oxford, APGRD)
    "'This is not Troy. This is not even the world. This is the journey through the beyond': Time and relative dimensions in classical reception"
  2. Genevieve Williams (Pacific Lutheran University)
    "The mad god intrudes: Dionysus in contemporary fantasy and science fiction"
  3. Jennifer Rea (University of Florida)
    "'War After Next': Defensive imperialism in Captain America: TWS & Vergil's Aeneid"

10 - 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break
Atrium, Wyatt Hall

10:30 a.m. - Noon 
Paper Session Two

Session C: Revisioning genres
Wyatt Hall, Room 109

  1. Antony Keen (Open University)
    "More 'T', Vicar? Revisiting models and methodologies"
  2. Benjamin Eldon Stevens (Bryn Mawr College)
    "The nearest technically impossible thing: Looking at the boundaries of speculative fiction"
  3. Vincent Tomasso (Ripon College)
    "The gods problem in Gene Wolfe's Soldier of the Mist"

Session D: Undiscovered countries of the dead
Wyatt Hall, Room 101

  1. Pascal Lemaire (Independent Scholar, Belgium)
    "The classic bite of vampires: Bloodsuckers and other monsters from the classical world in Anne Rice novels"
  2. Elizabeth Reiman (Idaho State University)
    "Children in the Underworld: Rites of passages in Pan's Labyrinth and The Amber Spyglass"
  3. Frances Foster (University of Cambridge)
    "Drinking blood and talking ghosts in Diana Wynne Jones's The Time of the Ghost"

Noon - 2 p.m.
Lunch & Roundtable Sessions
Rasmussen Rotunda, Wheelock Student Center

2 - 3:30 p.m. 
Paper Session Three

Session E: Afterlives out of time
Wyatt Hall, Room 109

  1. Peggy Burge (University of Puget Sound)
    "An orphaned Icarus: Andrei Beliaev's Ariel and its afterlives"
  2. Steve Moses & Brett Rogers (University of Puget Sound)
    "'Dynamic tensions': The figure(s) of Atlas in the Rocky Horror Picture Show"
  3. Jennifer Ranck (Independent Scholar, USA)
    "Finding Cassandra in sci-fi/fantasy: The empowered, suffering female protagonist as agent of time, tragedy and truth"

Session F: Classical building blocks
Wyatt Hall, Room 101

  1. Connie Rodriguez (Loyola University New Orleans)
    "The tragedy of G'Kar and Londo"
  2. Ortwin Knorr (Willamette University)
    "Homer under the Northern Lights: Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy and the Odyssey"
  3. Michael Johnson (State University of New York College at Buffalo)
    "Every myth is awesome: Ancient building bricks in The Lego Movie"

3:30 - 4 p.m. 
Coffee Break
Atrium, Wyatt Hall

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Keynote Address: "Just Your Average Tuesday Morning Minotaur"
Catherynne M. Valente
Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall

8 - 10 p.m.
Film Screening: Forbidden Planet (dir. Wilcox, 1956)
Tahoma Room, Commencement Hall
Followed by discussion with Brett M. Rogers and Benjamin Eldon Stevens