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Defending Middle-earth
Tolkien, Myth and Modernity

Autore: Curry, Patrick

Boston-New York 2004
Houghton Mifflin Company (Sito Editore)

Pagine: 198
Prezzo: $ 12,00
ISBN: 0-618-47885-X


Note:
Precedenti edizioni: St. Martin's Press, 1997; Floris Books, 1997; Palgrave Macmillan, 1997; HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1998.

"Though modernism defines fantasy as irrelevance, readers know better... what Tolkien offers is 'hope without guarantees'. And Curry shows us how he does it. A most valuable and timely book" (Ursula K. Le Guin).

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.

"Curry sees deeply into the spiritual heart of Tolkien’s world, and explains it in clear and unaffected language" (Tom Shippey, author of The Road to Middle-earth and J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century).
"Patrick Curry's genius is to show how creatively Tolkien's saga responds to the myriad problems threatening the health of our planet (and undermining our own humanity) at this precarious moment in history. One emerges from this book with a new respect for the keen ecological intelligence that infuses The Lord of the Rings, and for the transformative power of Tolkien's mythic vision" (David Abram, author of The Spell of the Sensuous).

Patrick Curry, a Canadian-born independent writer and scholar, is an on-camera Tolkien expert featured on the extended DVDs of the films of The Lord of the Rings. He holds a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science and is the author of several books and essays of social history as well as Introducing Machiavelli. He lives in London.


Indice:
Preface
1. 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?
2. The Shire: Culture, Society and Politics
Englishness
Country Folk
Nation and Class
A Pastoral
Fantasy?
Fascist?
Politics in Middle-earth
Radical Nostalgia
Activism
'Escapism'
3. 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
4. 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
5. 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
6. Conclusion: Hope without Guarantees
The Elements
Place
Wonder
Hope

 
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