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Megan N. Fontenot

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First Year Writing Instructor
Vice President of the English Graduate Organization
Research Assistant for NAVSA/COVE
Editorial Assistant at the UGA Press

PhD in English Literature, University of Georgia, expected 2024

M.A. in English Literature, Michigan State University, 2019

B.A. in English and Humanities, Milligan College, Dec. 2016

Research Interests:

19th-century English women's literature about Scotland; ethno-nationalism; eco-paganism; Catholic literature; fantastic literature; nature and travel writing; anti-Catholicism in Victorian Britain; nationalist transformations of mythology and folklore

Selected Publications:

“The Art of Eternal Disaster: Tolkien’s Apocalypse and the Road to Healing.” Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review, vol. XVI, 2019. 91-109.

“‘No Pagan ever loved his god’: Tolkien, Thompson, and the Beautification of the Gods.” Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Mythopoeic Literature, vol. 37.1 (Fall/Winter), 2018. Download the article here.

Review Essay of There Would Always Be a Fairy Tale: More Essays on Tolkien, by Verlyn Flieger, Kent State UP, 2017. Fafnir: Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, vol. 5.1, 2018. Access the review here.

Current & Upcoming: article series on characters in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium.

Of note:

Robert Park Essay Award winner, University of Georgia, 2021. For “Bad Form: Mathilde Blind’s Response to the Violence of the Dramatic Monologue”

Robert Park Essay Award nominee, University of Georgia, 2021. For ““The Wild Scenery of This Lovely Country”: Scotland and the Maternal in Mary Shelley’s Mathilda

Funding for SFRA editorial duties, University of Georgia, 2020-2021

Summer Research Fellowship, Michigan State University, May 2019

Research Enhancement Fellowship, Michigan State University, March 2019

Conference & Research Travel Fellowship, Michigan State University, January 2019

Alexei Kondratiev Award, Mythopoeic Society, July 2018. For “‘No Pagan ever loved his god’: Tolkien, Thompson, and the Beautification of the Gods”

Ivor Jones Outstanding Senior Award, Milligan College, April 2017

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