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J.R.R. Tolkien Charles Moseley

J.R.R. Tolkien

Charles Moseley

Published December 15th 2005
ISBN : 9780746307496
Paperback
128 pages
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Tolkien was a specialist in a recherche field. He did not, at least initially, write for a mass audience. Yet for many in the 1960s his books, particularly Lord of the Rings, became a political badge and an interpretative text. Widely translated, hisMoreTolkien was a specialist in a recherche field. He did not, at least initially, write for a mass audience. Yet for many in the 1960s his books, particularly Lord of the Rings, became a political badge and an interpretative text. Widely translated, his fiction won the accolade both of parody and of its own learned journal- and Tolkien - or how he was read - demonstrably affected modern fantasy. This book explores how his work came to be so diversely received. Charles Moseleys critical discussion examines Tolkiens view of fiction as sub-creation, exploring his analysis of mythopoeia and of the status of art and literature in relation to his own practice. He argues that in the critical concerns of Tolkien and his circle lie the key to important issues in his fiction. His use of linguistic game and literary pastiche is explored without obscuring his emotional commitment to the making of myths that expressed some of his deepest fears about the world he experienced.