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Aggiornamenti degli studi su Tolkien

tolkien_forest_cityEscono tra ottobre e novembre due libri di saggistica attesi tra chi si interessa di J.R.R. Tolkien e di letteratura per ragazzi in generale. Si tratta di Tolkien: the Forest and the City, la raccolta degli atti del convegno omonimo tenuto a Dublino nel 2012, e di J.R.R. Tolkien: a new casebook, una raccolta di saggi curata da Peter Hunt, professore emerito dell’Università di Cardiff e titolare della prima cattedra sulla letteratura per ragazzi istituita in Inghilterra.
 
Tolkien: The Forest and the City è il titolo del convegno tenuto presso il prestigioso Trinity College di Dublino (Irlanda) il 21 e 22 settembre 2012. Il tema, centrale nella letteratura dell’ultimo secolo ma mai abbastanza approfondito in relazione a Tolkien, era quello del rapporto tra natura e città. Erano intervenuti alcuni tra i maggiori studiosi mondiali dello scrittore, tra cui: Tom Shippey, Thomas Honegger, Verlyn Flieger, Michael D. C. Drout.
Ora escono gli atti, curati dagli organizzatori del convegno: Helen Conrad-O’Briain, docente di inglese antico, antico nordico e paleografia al Trinity College, dove ha tenuto anche corsi su Tolkien, come il co-editor Gerard Hynes, che ha insegnato Tolkien nell’ambito dei corsi sulla letteratura per ragazzi, sempre al Trinity, e ha pubblicato saggi sull’autore.

Tolkien: the Forest and the City, Helen Conrad-O’Briain & Gerard Hynes, editors
Four Courts Press

La quarta di copertina:

Despite the association of J.R.R. Tolkien with the natural world, Middle-earth as landscape and built environment has been relatively neglected. Tolkien: the forest and the city presents new work by some of the finest scholars in Tolkien studies, as well as research from a number of emerging scholars, addressing this neglect.
Drawing on a wide variety of critical approaches, from philology to ecocriticism, in a clear, approachable style, this collection explores the interaction of culture and nature that imbues Tolkien’s secondary world with the immediacy of our own.

Il commento di Peter Hunt sul libro:

Tolkien: the forest and the city is one of the rare books on Tolkien that manages to be both serious and accessible, avoiding the twin plagues of Tolkien criticism – defensively eulogistic fandom, and defensively arcane academicism. Essays by world experts on the subject, such as Tom Shippey and Verlyn Flieger are supported by innovative younger scholars, such as Jane Carroll and Dimitra Fimi, and between them they have produced a fine volume on the interface between nature and culture in his books. Although Tolkien’s work has been widely appropriated by ecocritics, this volume, by exploring a remarkable range of Tolkien’s cultural reference from the Arts and Crafts movement to the Spanish Civil War, from landscapes to food, and from deforestation to Dante, demonstrates the complexity of his intellectual positions. This is an engaging, lively, and in many ways groundbreaking contribution to Tolkien scholarship.

 
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J.R.R. Tolkien: a new casebook, edited by Peter Hunt, Palgrave Macmillan

Peter Hunt ha scritto e curato molti libri nella sua lunga carriera. Ora intende fare il punto su due classici del Novecento, Lo Hobbit e Il Signore degli Anelli, soprattutto in relazione alla letteratura per ragazzi.

Quarta di copertina:

J. R. R. Tolkien is arguably the most influential and popular of all fantasy writers. Although his position and status have long been controversial, his popularity has not faded. His best-loved works, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, have sold millions of copies around the world and continue to enthral readers young and old.
This lively collection of original essays examines The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings in the light of children’s literature theory and approaches, as well as from adult and fantasy literature perspectives. Exploring issues such as gender, language, worldbuilding, and ecocriticism, the volume also places Tolkien’s works in the context of a range of visual media, including Peter Jackson’s film adaptations

L’indice del libro:

Series Editor’s Preface
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Introduction; Peter Hunt
1. The Hobbit, the Tale, Children’s Literature, and the Critics (Keith O’Sullivan)
2. Sources and Successors (Maria Sachiko Cecire)
3. The Pastoral Impulse and the Turn to the Future in The Hobbit and Interwar Children’s Fiction (Hazel Sheekey Bird)
4. Tolkien and the Traditional Dragon Tale: An Examination of The Hobbit (C.W.Sullivan III)
5. Tolkien’s Language (Louise Joy)
6. There and Back Again: The Gendered Journey of Tolkien’s Hobbits (Zoe Jaques)
7. Tolkien and Worldbuilding (Catherine Butler)
8. A Topoanalytical Reading of Landscapes in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (Jane Suzanne Carroll)
9. Tolkien and Trees (Shelley Saguaro and Deborah Cogan Thacker)
10. From Illustration to Film: Visual Narratives and Target Audiences (Kate Harvey)
Further Reading
Index

 
 

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