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J.R.R. Tolkien (New Casebooks)by Peter Hunt
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J. R. R. Tolkien is arguably the most influential and popular of all fantasy writers. Although his position and status have long been controversial, his popularity has not faded. His best-loved works, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, have sold millions of copies around the world and continue to enthral readers young and old.
This lively collection of original essays examines The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings in the light of children's literature theory and approaches, as well as from adult and fantasy literature perspectives. Exploring issues such as gender, language, worldbuilding, and ecocriticism, the volume also places Tolkien's works in the context of a range of visual media, including Peter Jackson's film adaptations.
About the Author
Peter Hunt is Professor Emeritus at Cardiff University, UK, where he was the first specialist in Children's Literature to be appointed full Professor of English in a British university. He has written or edited 26 books and over 150 articles on children's literature. In 1995 the International Society for the Fantastic in the Arts presented him with their Distinguished Scholarship Award, and in 2003 he was awarded the Brothers Grimm Award for services to children's literature, from the International Institute for Children's Literature, Osaka, Japan.
Table of Contents
Series Editor's Preface
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; Peter Hunt
1. The Hobbit, the Tale, Children's Literature, and the Critics; Keith O'Sullivan
2. Sources and Successors; Maria Sachiko Cecire
3. The Pastoral Impulse and the Turn to the Future in The Hobbit and Interwar Children's Fiction; Hazel Sheekey Bird
4. Tolkien and the Traditional Dragon Tale: An Examination of The Hobbit; C.W.Sullivan III
5. Tolkien's Language; Louise Joy
6. There and Back Again: The Gendered Journey of Tolkien's Hobbits; Zoe Jaques
7. Tolkien and Worldbuilding; Catherine Butler
8. A Topoanalytical Reading of Landscapes in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit; Jane Suzanne Carroll
9. Tolkien and Trees; Shelley Saguaro and Deborah Cogan Thacker
10. From Illustration to Film: Visual Narratives and Target Audiences; Kate Harvey
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