Recent Research


This page lists my most recent scholarly activities for the last six years, including publications, conference presentations, invited talks and interviews. For a more complete list of my research activities, please see my Research page.

Tolkien and Alliterative Verse

http://tolkienalliterative.ca

Launched in November 2022. An open access, online resource including a Descriptive Bibliography of Tolkien’s Alliterative Verses, Tolkien’s Notes on Alliterative Verse; Online Guides to Alliterative Metre; a blog, Woven Words, and coming soon, a page of Secondary Sources on Tolkien’s alliterative verses.

A collaborative research project assisted by Gavin Foster, Jordan Audas, and MacKenzie Moore

Interview:  Streaming Wars podcast, SaltWire Network, “Is The Rings of Power the One Fantasy To Rule Them All?” 11 Oct. 2022. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/is-the-rings-of-power-the-one-fantasy-to-rule-them-all/id1524803356?i=1000582293815.

Interviewed for CBC Radio, Day 6, “Why Lord of the Rings endures as a pop culture touchstone.” 02 Sept. 2022. https://www.cbc.ca/radio/day6/lord-of-the-rings-cultural-touchstone-1.6568453

Kalamazoo campus swan pond

“The Lost Roads of Old English Poetry: Dramas of Time Travel in Tolkien’s Works.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, May 2022.

Teaching Tolkien Roundtable. Invited speaker, Popular Culture Association. 15 April 2022.

“Tolkien, Old English, and Identity.” Popular Culture Association Conference, 14 April 2022.

Research on medievalism

“Tolkien’s Adaptation of the Old English ‘Seafarer.’ ” Invited speaker, Inkling Folk Fellowship, 4 March 2022.

“TEP #38 — Anna Smol.”  Tolkien Experience Podcast, 3 Sept. 2021.  https://luke-shelton.com/2021/09/03/tep-38-anna-smol/

Tolkien’s Alliterative Styles in The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth.” Leeds International Medieval Congress, Leeds UK. 8 July 2021.

The Future of Tolkien Studies Roundtable, Invited speaker. Popular Culture Association Conference, 4 June 2021.

“Tolkien the Playwright.” Tolkien Symposium, Tolkien at Kalamazoo group. 8 May 2021. For a slightly edited recording of the talk: https://annasmol.net/2021/05/24/tolkien-symposium-2021-tolkien-the-playwright/

Tolkien as Hermes in 1911
Book cover: "Something Has Gone Crack": New Perspectives on J.R.R. Tolkien in the Great War

“Bodies in War: Medieval and Modern Tensions in ‘The Homecoming’.” “Something Has Gone Crack”: New Perspectives on J.R.R. Tolkien in the Great War, edited by Annika Röttinger and Janet Brennan Croft, Walking Tree Press, 2019, pp. 263-83.

Tolkien Society

“Allegory and Story: Poetic Time Travel in Tolkien’s Fiction.” Tolkien 2019 Conference, The Tolkien Society, Birmingham UK, 7 Aug. 2019.

“Adaptation as Analysis: Creative Work in an English Classroom.” Fandom as Classroom Practice: A Teaching Guide, edited by Katherine Anderson Howell, U of Iowa P, 2018, pp. 17 – 31 and 147-50.

Fandom as Classroom Practice: A Teaching Guide book cover
A Wilderness of Dragons Essays in Honor of Verlyn Flieger

Green, Reina, Diane Piccitto, and Anna Smol. “When Everything Old is New Again: Experiential Learning in the Classroom.” Proceedings of the Atlantic Universities’ Teaching Showcase, vol. 22, 2018. https://ojs.library.dal.ca/auts/article/view/10183.

ENGL WRIT 2223 students working in the MacDonald Room

“Tolkien’s Typological Imagination.” International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 2 July 2018.

Tower of Kirith Ungol sketch
Tolkien Society

“Seers and Singers: Sub-creative Collaborators in Tolkien’s Fiction.” Tolkien Society Seminar, Leeds, UK., 2 July 2017.

Kalamazoo campus swan pond

This is a list of my last six years of scholarly activities. For a more complete list of my research activities, please see my Research page.

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