Tolkien's Intellectual Landscape

Tolkien's Intellectual Landscape

by E.L. Risden

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ISBN-13: 9780786498659
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/04/2015
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

E.L. Risden is a professor of English at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. He has published books and essays on medieval and Renaissance studies as well as poetry and fiction.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Introduction. The “Author of the Century” in His Century: Extending the Intellectual Landscape 1

1. Tolkien as Scholar, Narrator, Stylist 23

2. Heart of Darkness, Heart of Light: Externalizing the Internalized Quest 67

3. The World of the Text and the Expanding Waste Land 84

4. Tolkien on Heroism: Beorhtnoth, Aragorn, and Arthur 97

5. Epic, Faërie, and Myth: The Mortal and the Monstrous Body 124

6. Tolkien and Myth: Orientalism and Occidentalism 147

7. Good and Evil, Choice and Control 166

8. Teaching Tolkien and His World, and Why He Matters 181

Afterword. Mechanized Landscape and Spiritual Landscape—In Retrospect 200

Chapter Notes 213

Bibliography 222

Index 227

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