In an effort to create accountability, I will share my thoughts and progress on my current book project here.
My manuscript is due for peer review at the publisher by the end of summer in 2017.
I am scheduled to give a presentation at the Annual Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo in May 2017, about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Because I am presenting on a panel called “Tales After Tolkien,” I will be discussing both the novel and the movie, assessing the impact of the implied dream frame on interpreting both.
I need to convert the presentations from previous years into book chapters. These earlier presentations include discussions of Peter Pan, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, and Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown.”
I need to adapt material from my dissertation for use in my introduction, and a previously published article discussing primarily Oscar Wilde’s story “The Young King” and by comparison William Morris’ News from Nowhere for use as a chapter on Victorian political uses of the dream frame.
Additional texts to be discussed include A Christmas Carol, the dream stories of H.P. Lovecraft, and probably The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and “Rip Van Winkle.”