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Tolkien's Modern Middle Ages : The New Middle Ages - Jane Chance

Tolkien's Modern Middle Ages

The New Middle Ages

By: Jane Chance (Editor), Alfred K. Siewers (Editor)

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02 J.R.R. Tolkien delved into the Middle Ages to create a critique of the modern world in his fantasy, yet did so in a form of modernist literature with postmodern implications and huge commercial success. These essays examine that paradox and its significance in understanding the intersection between traditionalist and counter-culture criticisms of the modern. The approach helps to explain the popularity of his works, the way in which they continue to be brought into dialogue with twenty-first century issues, and their contested literary significance in the academy.

"The reconsideration and further development of commentary on the disparate sources of, influences on, and analogues to LotR that I have summarized here make Tolkien's Modern Middle Ages a worthy addition to the canon of Tolkien scholarship." - W.A. Senior, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts



"The outward appearance of this nicely designed volume spells 'quality' - and indeed, fair is not foul (though, as we all know, not all that is gold glitters . . .). The overall quality of the essays assembled in this collection is quite high and the two editors did a good job in dividing the fourteen papers into four parts - the medieval in postmodern Middle-earth, Middle-earth and Victorian medivalism, modern ideologies in Middle-earth, and visualizing medievalism in Middle-earth . . . To sum up: the collection is an interesting example of what happens when medievalists (most of them anyway) read modern theories and apply them to Tolkien's work." - Hither Shore

Preface and Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction: Tolkien's Modern Middle Ages?
A Postmodern Medievalist
The Medievalist's Fiction
Tolkien, Dustsceawung, and the Gnomic Tense
The Reanimation of Antiquity and the Resistance to History: Macpherson-Scott-Tolkien
Archaism, Nostalgia, and Tennysonian War in The Lord of the Rings
Pastoralia and Perfectibility in Tolkien and William Morris
English, Welsh, and Elvish
Fantastic Medievalism and the Great War in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and David Jones's In Parenthesis
Tolkien's Cosmic-Christian Ecology
Fear of Difference, Fear of Death
Tolkien and the Other
Similar but not Similar
Tolkien in New Zealand: Man, Myth, and Movie
Bibliography
Contributors
Index
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ISBN: 9781403969736
ISBN-10: 1403969736
Series: The New Middle Ages
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 26th March 2008
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1