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Tolkien the Medievalist

1st Edition

Edited by Jane Chance


312 pages

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Interdisciplinary in approach, Tolkien the Medievalist provides a fresh perspective on J. R. R. Tolkien's Medievalism. In fifteen essays, eminent scholars and new voices explore how Professor Tolkien responded to a modern age of crisis - historical, academic and personal - by adapting his scholarship on medieval literature to his own personal voice. The four sections reveal the author influenced by his profession, religious faith and important issues of the time; by his relationships with other medievalists; by the medieval sources that he read and taught, and by his own medieval mythologizing.


‘The..essays…[are] remarkable for their originality and thoroughness and are important contributions to the study of Tolkien’s rhetorical artistry… [the] result is a handsomely and carefully edited book that is worth reading and—in my case—re-reading.’Thomas Honegger, Friedrich-Schiller-University

Table of Contents

Part I: J. R. R. Tolkien as a Medieval Scholar: Modern Contexts

Part II: J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Medieval Literary and Mythological Texts/Contexts

Part III: J. R. R. Tolkien: The Texts/Contexts of Medieval Patristics, Theology, and Iconography

Part IV: J. R. R. Tolkien's Silmarillion Mythodology: Medievalized Retextualization and Theory

About the Editor

Jane Chance, Professor of English, teaches medieval literature and J. R. R. Tolkien, at Rice University. Among her seventeen books are Tolkien's Art: A Mythology for England and The Lord of the Rings: The Mythology of Power and two guest-edited issues of Studies in Medievalism. She also edits two series, the Library of Medieval Women and the Greenwood Guide to Historic Events in the Medieval World.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Medieval Religion and Culture

This series presents developments and debates within the field of medieval religion and culture. It provides a broad range of case studies and theoretical perspectives, covering a variety of topics, theories and issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Medieval
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh