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Tolkien and Shakespeare: Essays on Shared Themes and Language (Critical Explorations in Science Fiction Series #2)
     

Tolkien and Shakespeare: Essays on Shared Themes and Language (Critical Explorations in Science Fiction Series #2)

by Janet Brennan Croft, C. W. Sullivan (Editor), Donald E. Palumbo (Editor)
 

Tolkien and Shakespeare: one a prolific popular dramatist and poet of the Elizabethan era, the other a twentieth-century scholar of Old English and author of a considerably smaller body of work. Though unquestionably very different writers, the two have more in common than one might expect.

These essays focus on the broad themes and motifs which concerned

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Tolkien and Shakespeare: one a prolific popular dramatist and poet of the Elizabethan era, the other a twentieth-century scholar of Old English and author of a considerably smaller body of work. Though unquestionably very different writers, the two have more in common than one might expect.

These essays focus on the broad themes and motifs which concerned both authors. They seek to uncover Shakespeare's influence on Tolkien through echoes of the playwright's themes and even word choices, discovering how Tolkien used, revised, updated, "corrected," and otherwise held an ongoing dialogue with Shakespeare's works.

The depiction of Elves and the world of Faerie, and how humans interact with them, are some of the most obvious points of comparison and difference for the two writers. Both Tolkien and Shakespeare deeply explored the uses and abuses of power with princes, politics, war, and the lessons of history. Magic and prophecy were also of great concern to both authors, and the works of both are full of encounters with the Other: masks and disguises, mirrors that hide and reveal, or seeing stones that show only part of the truth.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
some worthwhile contributions here
Mythlore
recommend[ed]
Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts
this collection is well worth the time of scholars of Tolkien and Shakespeare alike. Both sides will find insights into their own author...Croft has done an admirable job of assembling a strong collection of essays that should persuade many to rethink basic assumptions about Tolkien's relationship to Shakespeare

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786428274
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
03/22/2007
Series:
Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy , #2
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,306,833
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Janet Brennan Croft is head of Access and Delivery services at Rutgers University Alexander Library in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University. He lives in Greenville, North Carolina. C.W. Sullivan III is Distinguished Professor of arts and sciences at East Carolina University and a full member of the Welsh Academy. He is the author of numerous books and the on-line journal Celtic Cultural Studies.

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