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Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J. R. R. Tolkien

Perilous and Fair Women in the Works and Life of J R R Tolkien Since the earliest scholarship on The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion critics have discussed how the works of J R R Tolkien seem either to ignore women or to place them on unattainable pedesta

  • Title: Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Author: Janet Brennan Croft Leslie A. Donovan
  • ISBN: 9781887726023
  • Page: 387
  • Format: ebook
  • Since the earliest scholarship on The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, critics have discussed how the works of J R R Tolkien seem either to ignore women or to place them on unattainable pedestals To remedy such claims that Tolkien s fiction has nothing useful or modern to say about women, Perilous and Fair focuses critical attention on views that interpret womenSince the earliest scholarship on The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, critics have discussed how the works of J R R Tolkien seem either to ignore women or to place them on unattainable pedestals To remedy such claims that Tolkien s fiction has nothing useful or modern to say about women, Perilous and Fair focuses critical attention on views that interpret women in Tolkien s works and life as enacting essential, rather than merely supportive roles.Perilous and Fair includes seven classic articles as well as seven new examinations of women in Tolkien s works and life These fourteen articles bring together perspectives not only on Tolkien s most commonly discussed female characters owyn, Galadriel, and L thien but also on less studied figures such as Nienna, Yavanna, Shelob, and Arwen Among others, the collection features such diverse critical approaches and methods as literary source study, historical context, feminist theory, biographical investigation, close reading textual analysis, Jungian archetypes, and fanfiction reader response.

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    1. nwhytevejournal/2591385ml#cutid3The relative invisibility of women in Tolkien's works is perhaps the most jarring aspect of them to a twenty-first century reader. As Una McCormack points out in the last of these essays, quoting an unnamed conference participant, there are more named horses than named women in The Lord of the Rings. These essays prove that you can write thought-provoking stuff about the flaws in the work you love. Though the case for Tolkien's defence can be made robustly, and Jo [...]

    2. This book had barely been published when I was working on an essay involving Galadriel and Ungoliant, and it turned out to be indispensable. It's actually pretty difficult to track down a lot of Tolkien scholarship that isn't written by Tom Shippey or focusing on his relationship with Christianity and CS Lewis, especially if said articles focus on less popular or more unusual topics. I was having very little luck even with interlibrary loans or finding further leads. Not only does this book re-p [...]

    3. Perilous and Fair is a collection of essays addressing Tolkien's treatment of women. While none of the authors argue that he was a feminist, they all suggest that his views on women were much more progressive than traditionally assumed. I'm happy to have read this book, or maybe I'm happy this book exists, for a few reasons. First, it's serious Tolkien scholarship, and after too many years of critics dismissing Tolkien's works as escapism for nerds or as fluff, Tolkien is finally getting the cre [...]

    4. Brief Review of Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J.R.R. TolkienEdited by Janet Brennan Croft and Leslie A. DonovanMythopoeic Press 2015: ISBN 9781887726016This is an outstanding book, one that will prove as significant a turning point in the study of women in Tolkien’s life and writing as Jason Fisher’s Tolkien and the study of his sources has proved to be in the question of the value and necessity of source studies.In Perilous and Fair, the editors have drawn together fourt [...]

    5. Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J. R. R. Tolkien is a collection of essays, by mostly women scholars, examining various representations of women in Tolkien's writing on his created world, Middle-earth. Divided into five sections – historical perspectives, power of gender, specific characters, earlier literary contexts and women readers – the book works well as an introduction to the discussion of feminism and female characters in Tolkien's works.As one expects with any coll [...]

    6. This book is an excellent contribution to the scholarly study of the role and importance of women in the works of Tolkien. The writing is clear and level-headed, and the editing is thorough and professional. Every article is good, and several are exceptional. There's a lot of fine work here, which will repay the scrutiny of fan, student, and scholar.

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