Tolkien's Modern Middle Ages
J.R.R. Tolkien delved into the Middle Ages to create a critique of the modern world in his fantasy, yet did so in a form of modernist literature with postmodern implications and huge commercial success. These essays examine that paradox and its significance in understanding the intersection between traditionalist and counter-culture criticisms of the modern. The approach helps to explain the popularity of his works, the way in which they continue to be brought into dialogue with twenty-first century issues, and their contested literary significance in the academy.
J.R.R. Tolkien, Fantasy, Literary Theory, Postmodern, Ecocriticism, Gender
Literature in English, British Isles | Medieval Studies
Siewers, Alf and Chance, Jane M., "Tolkien's Modern Middle Ages" (2009). Faculty Books. 15.