Women Among the Inklings: Gender, C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams

Women Among the Inklings: Gender, C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams

by Candice Fredrick, Sam McBride
     
 

The Oxford group of writers known as the Inklings met and thrived during the 1930s and 1940s. Three of the members, C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams, became known as authors and cultural figures, recognized for interweaving Christian themes into fantasy fiction. Other members of the group doubtlessly influenced these works through their comments

Overview

The Oxford group of writers known as the Inklings met and thrived during the 1930s and 1940s. Three of the members, C. S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams, became known as authors and cultural figures, recognized for interweaving Christian themes into fantasy fiction. Other members of the group doubtlessly influenced these works through their comments and discussion, and the published ideas of Williams, Lewis, and Tolkien were probably first discussed within this circle. Every member of the Inklings was male, the group consciously excluded women, and it was formed to promote male companionship. This book examines the attitude of the Inklings toward women and thus, sheds new light on the lives and works of Lewis, Tolkien, and Williams.

The book examines the male culture of the Inklings and the relation of the literary group to the larger Oxford community. It also looks at women in the lives of Williams, Tolkien, and Lewis. While Williams and Tolkien apparently thought of women as mythic icons, Lewis began to question some of the group's assumptions after his marriage. When considering the representation of women in fiction by the Inklings, the volume gives special attention to issues of gender and theology.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
For all the study of the three British fantasy writers, Fredrick (education, U. of Redlands) and McBride (DeVry Institute of Technology, Pomona, California) note that they have not been subjected to a gender-based analysis. They investigate their relationship with each other and with women, whether they theorized about such relationships and if so whether their theories impacted their work, why the women in their lives have been marginalized in biographies and ignored in critical studies, and whether any of this makes a difference to readers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313312458
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/2001
Series:
Contributions in Women's Studies Series
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

CANDICE FREDRICK is Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Redlands. She is the coauthor of Women, Ethics, and the Workplace (Praeger, 1997).

SAM MCBRIDE is Senior Professor at DeVry Institute of Technology in Pomona, California. His research and publications emphasize interdisciplinary approaches to the humanities in the 20th century.

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