Internet Book WatchThis is a wonderful item which I have chosen to bring to our readers attention, because I know that every one who wished the were at the this conference was not. For those of you who were at this conference celebrating the centenary of J.R.R. Tolkien ( 1892-1973), birth at Oxford University in 1992 you probably already have a copy you might want another since you have worn yours out. This conference was a celebrations of the life works and family of J.R.R Tolkien, by many who knew him and more that loved him in 460 pages in an very handsome oversize trade paperback format, and a very readable type face. including photographs of the participants and range of topics as broad as a shoreless sea as you will see from the table of contents. There will never be another Tolkien Conference like this since sadly some of those there are no longer with us. This item would be a wonderful gift to a library. The most salient feature of this proceedings is that it evidences the fact that the presenters at this conference can hold their ground ( Break new ground in any academic in any academic milieu in the world, though not all of then are academics. I also want say I bought this proceedings for a single paper as I look through it there are at least a score which I found interesting . I have included the table of contents in that the reader may see the broad scope of high fantasy scholarship. (And with the hope that my editor will find space to include it. Table of contents follows: Unpublished Contributions: Editorial: Opening Address Section 1: Recollection and Remembrance: Vera Chapman, Reminiscences: Oxford in 1920, Meeting Tolkien and Becoming an Author at 77- Glen H. Goodkight, Tolkien CentenaryBanquet Address- Fr. Robert Murray, Sermon at Thanksgiving Service, Keble College Chapel, 23rd August 1992- George Sayer, Recollections of J. R. R. Tolkien- Rayner Unwin, Publishing Tolkien- Section 2: Sources and Influences- Nils Ivar Agoy, Quid Hinieldus cum Christo?--New Perspectives on Tolkien's Theological Dilemma and his Sub-Creation Theory- Verlyn Flieger, Tolkien's Experiment with Time: The Lost Road, "The Notion Club Papers" and J. W. Dunne Deirdre Greene, Higher Argument: Tolkien and the tradition of Vision, Epic and Prophecy- Virginia Luling, An Anthropologist in Middle-earth- Charles E. Noad, Frodo and his Spectre: Blakean Resonances in Tolkien- Gloriana St. Clair, An Overview of the Northern Influences on Tolkien's Works- Gloriana St. Clair, Volsunga Saga and Narn: Some Analogies-- Chris Seeman, Tolkien's Revision of the Romantic Tradition-- Tom Shippey, Tolkien as a Post-War Writer-- Norman Talbot, Where do Elves go to? Tolkien and a Fantasy Tradition-- Section 3: The Lord of the Rings: Marjorie Burns, Eating, Devouring, Sacrifice, and Ultimate Just Desserts- Jane Chance, Power and Knowledge in Tolkien: The Problem of Difference in "The Birthday Party"- Joe R. Christopher, The Moral Epiphanies in The Lord of the Rings- Patrick Curry, "Less Noise and More Green": Tolkien's Ideology for England- Gwenyth Hood, The Earthly Paradise in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings- Gloriana St. Clair, Tolkien as Reviser: A Case Study-- Christina Scull, Open Minds, Closed Minds in The Lord of the Rings- Section 4: :The Silmarillion- Alex Lewis, Historical Bias in the Making of The Silmarillion-- Eic Schweicher, Aspects of the Fall in The Silmarillion- Section 5: Linguistics and Lexicography- Peter M. Gilliver, At the Wordface: J. R. R. Tolkien's Work on the Oxford English Dictionary-- Christopher Gilson and Patrick Wynne, The Growth of Grammar in the Elven Tongues-- Deirdre Greene, Tolkien's Dictionary Poetics: The Influence of the OED's Defining Style on Tolkien's Fiction-- Natalia Grigorieva, Problems of Translating into Russian-- Bruce Mitchell, J. R. R. Tolkien and Old English Studies: An Appreciation-- Tom Shippey, Tolkien and the Gawain-poet-- Section 6: Response and Reaction: Vladimir Grushetskiy, How Russians See Tolkien-- Wayne G. Hammond, The Critical Response to Tolkien's Fiction Jessica Yates, Tolkien the Anti-totalitarian-- Section 7: Tolkien Studies: Helen Armstrong, Good Guys, Bad Guys, Fantasy and Reality-- Christine Barkley, The Realm of Faerie-- Christine Barkley, Point of View in Tolkien-- Joe R. Christopher, J. R. R. Tolkien and the Clerihew-- Edith L. Crowe, Power in Arda: Sources, Uses and Misuses-- Chris Hopkins, Tolkien and Englishness-- Carl J. Hostetter and Arden R. Smith, A Mythology for England-- Nancy Martsch, A Tolkien Chronology-- Tadeusz Andrzej Olszanski, Evil and the Evil One in Tolkien's Theology-- Rene van Rossenberg, Tolkien's Exceptional Visit to Holland: A Reconstruction-- Anders Stenstrom, A Mythology? For England?-- Dwayne Thorpe, Tolkien's Elvish Craft-- Section 8: Middle-earth Studies: Jenny Coombs and Marc Read, A Physics of Middle-Earth-- David A. Funk, Explorations into the Psyche of Dwarves-- William Anthony Swithin Sarjeant, The Geology of Middle-Earth Lester E. Simons, Writing and Allied Technologies in Middle-earth-- -Section 9: The Inklings Charles A. Coulombe, Hermetic Imagination: The Effect of The Golden Dawn on Fantasy Literature David Doughan, Tolkien, Sayers, Sex and Gender-- Colin Duriez, Tolkien and the Other Inklings--- Lisa Hopkins, Female Authority Figures in the Works of Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and Charles Williams-- Diana Lynne Pavlac, Morethan a Bandersnatch: Tolkien as a Collaborative Writer-- Stephen Yandell, "A Pattern Which Our Nature Cries Out For": The Medieval Tradition of the Ordered Four in the Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien-- Section 10: Flights of Fancy-- John Ellison, Baggins Remembered-- Hubert Sawa, Short History of the Territorial Development of the Dwarves' Kingdoms in the Second and Third Ages of Middle-earth-- Angela Surtees and Steve Gardner, The Mechanics of Dragons: An Introduction to The Study of their 'Ologies Section 11: Other Writers: Madawc Williams, Tales of Wonder--Science Fiction and Fantasy in the Age of Jane Austen-- J. R. Wytenbroek, Natural Mysticism in Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows-- J. R. Wytenbroek, Cetacean Consciousness in Katz's Whalesinger and L'Engle's A Ring of Endless Light-Yes it is Indexed which is very unusual for a multi-author proceedings.
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