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The New Middle Ages

Tolkien and Alterity

Editors: Vaccaro, Chris, Kisor, Yvette (Eds.)

  • Examines racialized, gender, and queer dynamics in The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and other works by Tolkien to arrive at an understanding of how alterity functions in those texts
  • Analyzes Tolkien's work against the backdrop of his experiences and personal writing 
  • Brings together a wide range of Tolkien scholars and experts
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About this book

This exciting collection of essays explores the role of the Other in Tolkien’s fiction, his life, and the pertinent criticism. It critically examines issues of gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, language, and identity in The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, and lesser-known works by Tolkien. The chapters consider characters such as Lobelia Sackville-Baggins, Saruman, Éowyn, and the Orcs as well as discussions of how language and identity function in the source texts. The analysis of Tolkien’s work is set against an examination of his life, personal writing, and beliefs. Each essay takes as its central position the idea that how Tolkien responds to that which is different, to that which is “Other,” serves as a register of his ethics and moral philosophy. In the aggregate, they provide evidence of Tolkien’s acceptance of alterity.

About the authors

Christopher Vaccaro is Senior Lecturer at the University of Vermont, where he teaches on Beowulf, Tolkien, Old English language and literature, British literature surveys, and gender/sexuality studies. He has published in the Tolkien-specific journal Mallorn, is the editor of the collection The Body in Tolkien’s Legendarium (2013) and is currently working on a book-length project on Beowulf.

Yvette Kisor is Professor of Literature at Ramapo College, where she teaches courses in medieval literature, early British literature, the history of the English language, and Tolkien. Her Tolkien publications appear in Mythlore and Tolkien StudiesThe J. R. R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment, and MLA Approaches to Teaching: J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Other Works, among others. Her most recent publication is a co-authored book with Michael D.C. Drout et al, Beowulf Unlocked: New Evidence from Lexomic Analysis (Palgrave Macmillan 2016).

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Vaccaro, Christopher (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

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  • Queer Tolkien: A Bibliographical Essay on Tolkien and Alterity

    Kisor, Yvette

    Pages 17-32

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  • Race in Tolkien Studies: A Bibliographic Essay

    Reid, Robin Anne

    Pages 33-74

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  • Revising Lobelia

    Amendt-Raduege, Amy

    Pages 77-93

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  • Medieval Organicism or Modern Feminist Science? Bombadil, Elves, and Mother Nature

    Larsen, Kristine

    Pages 95-108

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eBook 83,29 €
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Hardcover 103,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-61017-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tolkien and Alterity
Editors
  • Chris Vaccaro
  • Yvette Kisor
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-61018-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-61018-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-61017-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 270
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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