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Tolkien, Race and Cultural History

book.jpgTolkien, Race and Cultural History by Dimitra Fimi, explores the evolution of Tolkien’s mythology by examining how it changed as a result of Tolkien’s life story and contemporary cultural and intellectual history. The book considers Tolkien’s creative writing as an ever-developing ‘legendarium’: an interconnected web of stories, poems and essays, from his early poems in the 1910s to his latest writings in the early 1970s. Consequently, the book is not restricted to a discussion of Tolkien’s best-known works only (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion) but examines the whole corpus of his legendarium, including the 12-volume History of Middle-earth series, which has received little attention from critics. This new approach and scope brings to light neglected aspects of Tolkien’s imaginative vision and addresses key features of Tolkien’s creativity: the centrality of the Elves and the role of linguistic invention in his legendarium, as well as race and material culture in Middle-earth.

Contens

List of Figures
Conventions and Abbreviations
Introduction
PART I: HOW IT ALL BEGAN
In the Beginning were the Fairies…
‚Fluttering Sprites with Antennae’: Victorian and Edwardian Fancies
The Fairies, Faith and Folklore
PART II: IDEAL BEINGS, IDEAL LANGUAGES
The Cat and the Whiskers: Tolkien’s Linguistic Creation
‚Linguistic Aesthetic’: Sounds, Meaning and the Pursuit of Beauty
Ideal Languages and Phonetic Spelling
PART III: FROM MYTH TO HISTORY
The Claim to History
A Hierarchical World
Visualising Middle-earth: Real and Imagined Material Cultures
Epilogue: From Fairies to Hobbits
Appendix: ‚And Wither Then?’: Stepping into the Road
Bibliography
Index

Author Biographies

DIMITRA FIMI is Associate Lecturer at Cardiff University, UK. Her research interests include the history of fantasy literature, folklore and popular culture, literary adaptations, and the interaction between literature and visual culture.

 

Publishing date: 28 September 2008

Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan

Pages: 264

Price: 50£

Source: www.palgrave.com

 

Kategorie wpisu: In Westron (English), Nowości wydawnicze

1 komentarz do wpisu "Tolkien, Race and Cultural History"

M.L., dnia 25.05.2008 o godzinie 22:24

Książka się zapowiada smakowicie, choć cena jest powalająca, niestety dość typowa dla palgrave’a. 😀

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