I come bearing exciting news! My article titled “A Sense of Darker Perspective: How the Marauders Convey Tolkien’s ‘Impression of Depth’ in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” has been published in the fall/winter 2019 issue of Mythlore. Mythlore is the scholarly journal of the Mythopoeic Society, one of if not the premier society for the study of Tolkien and Lewis, their fellow Inklings, and the study of fantastic literature. The current issue is entirely devoted to mythopoeic children’s literature and includes contributions from my close friends Emily Strand and Kris Swank. My own essay was inspired by questions posed by host Katy McDaniel while I was a guest on her Reading, Writing, Rowling podcast last winter and addresses what I propose is the main “importance” of the Marauders characters to Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The coolest part? The entire issue is available online. You can read and download my essay here or peruse the entire issue here.
This marks a few milestones for me. First, publication in Mythlore is (I can now admit to myself with hindsight) something of a bucket list item. Secondly, though I have quoted Tolkien in pretty much everything I’ve ever written, I believe this marks the first time I’ve discussed him and his literary theories as one of the primary texts in my published worked (my as-yet-unpublished MA & BA theses notwithstanding). The anxiety of influence is real, but putting Tolkien’s theories in conversation with other authors seems a neat way of working up to the “real thing.” Needless to say, I’m excited.