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Medievalist Comics and the American Century$
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Chris Bishop

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496808509

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496808509.001.0001

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Conan the Barbarian (1970)

Conan the Barbarian (1970)

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(p.97) Chapter 4 Conan the Barbarian (1970)
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Medievalist Comics and the American Century
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Chris Bishop

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496808509.003.0005

With the chapter on Conan the Barbarian, the focus of this study shifts away from the inter-translation of this earlier medievalism towards the establishment of the mythopoeic visions that dominate medievalist discourse today. Robert E. Howard’s pulp-fiction heroes were born out of his experiences in the flint-hard mining towns of Depression-era Texas and out of his desire, perhaps, to escape them. This chapter will contextualize that work within a greater analysis of fantasy literature, focusing in particular on the inter-relationship of Howard’s creations with those of J. R. R. Tolkien, and with the genesis of new and immersive fan experiences that included comic conventions, costume-play and fantasy role-playing games.

Keywords:   Robert E. Howard, J. R. R. Tolkien, Fantasy, Pulp, RPGs

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