Defending Middle-Earth Tolkien: Myth and Modernity

ISBN-10: 061847885X
ISBN-13: 9780618478859
Edition: 2004
Authors: Patrick Curry
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Book details

List price: $13.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/21/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

What are millions of readers all over the world getting out of reading The Lord of the Rings? Newly reissued with a new afterword, Patrick Curry's Defending Middle-earth argues, in part, that Tolkien has found a way to provide something close to spirit in a secular age. His focus is on three main aspects of Tolkien's fiction: the social and political structure of Middle-earth and how the varying cultures within it find common cause in the face of a shared threat; the nature and ecology of Middle-earth and how what we think of as the natural world joins the battle against mindless, mechanized destruction; and the spirituality and ethics of Middle-earth, for which Curry provides a particularly insightful and resonant examination that will deepen the understanding of the millions of fans who have taken The Lord of the Rings to heart.

Preface
Introduction: Radical Nostalgia
The Story
Readers vs. Critics
Postmodernity in Middle-earth
Middle-earth in Postmodernity
Three Worlds in One
A Mythology for England?
A Great Book?
The Shire: Culture, Society and Politics
Englishness
Country Folk
Nation and Class
A Pastoral Fantasy?
Fascist?
Politics in Middle-earth
Radical Nostalgia
Activism
'Escapism'
Middle-Earth: Nature and Ecology
Place
Nature in Middle-Earth
Forests, Woods and Trees
The War on Trees
The Tree of Life
Tolkien and Trees
The Ring
Magic vs. Enchantment
The Ring as Megamachine
Mordor on Earth
The War on Life
Selling Ourselves
On 'Sentimentality'
Life's a Beech
Save Us from the Experts
The Sea: Spirituality and Ethics
The 'Problem' of Evil
Death
Luck, Fate, Providence
A Christian Work?
A Pagan Work?
Wizards and Stars
All and None
Post-Christian/Neo-Pagan/New Times
From Religion to Myth to Fantasy
Fantasy, Literature and the Mythopoeic Imagination
Loss and Consolation
Myth
Local Mythology
Universal Myth
Back to Myth
Other Approaches to Myth
Story
Fantasy
The Lord of the Rings as Fantasy
Disney World
Angela Carter
Discworld
Tolkien's True Company
Conclusion: Hope without Guarantees
The Elements
Place
Wonder
Hope
Afterword
References
Bibliography
Index

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