J.R.R. Tolkien and His Literary Resonances: Views of Middle-earth

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 213 pages

Although Tolkien's literary works have, over the past few decades, attracted a considerable and varied body of criticism, much of this material is inaccessible, unreflective, and repetitive. Most criticism has concentrated on his sources and biographical influences, but such studies generally do not look beyond his interest in medieval literature. Nonetheless, Tolkien's writings have links and resonances with the whole of English literature from Old Norse traditions to contemporary literary thought. This book corrects a striking imbalance in Tolkien scholarship by placing his works within a larger literary context.

The volume ranges over the entire history of English literature, including oral narrative tradition, Anglo-Saxon poetry, medieval romance, Renaissance poetics, 19th-century adventure stories, modern art, and contemporary fantasy. Each chapter is written by an expert contributor who demonstrates Tolkien's relation to an earlier literary movement and examines the literary resonances of his works from a variety of informed perspectives. By grounding Tolkien's writings within the larger canon of literature, the book argues that his works actually fall within the mainstream literary tradition.


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Tolkien the Bard His Tale Grew in the Telling
The DragonLore of Middleearth Tolkien and Old English and Old Norse Tradition
JRR Tolkien and the True Hero
Tolkiens Versecraft in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
The Monsters Are Talismans and Transgressions Tolkien and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
The Sins of Middleearth Tolkiens Use of Medieval Allegory
Is Tolkien a Renaissance Man? Sir Philip Sidneys Defense of Poesy and JRR Tolkiens On FairyStories
Joy Beyond the Walls of the World The Secondary WorldMaking of JRR Tolkien and C S Lewis
Taking the Part of Trees EcoConflict in Middleearth
Women Fantasists In the Shadow of the Ring
Loss Eternal in JRR Tolkiens Middleearth
Orcs Wraiths Wights Tolkiens Images of Evil
Selected Bibliography
About the Contributors

Weaving Nets of Gloom Darkness Profound in Tolkien and Milton
Gagool and Gollum Exemplars of Degeneration in King Solomons Mines and The Hobbit

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GEORGE CLARK is Professor Emeritus and Adjunct in English at Queen's University at Kingston. He has published a book on Beowulf and numerous scholarly articles.

DANIEL TIMMONS is Communication Instructor at Ryerson Polytechnic University. He has published articles and reviews on Tolkien, William Golding, and the theory of the fantastic.

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