J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is one of the most popular books of the twentieth century and the recent film adaptations have made box office records. This book provides a comprehensive critical and theoretical analysis of both the book and films.
Beginning with an introduction to the critical history of Tolkien's work, the book offers different ways of reading the works through key critical approaches like philosophical, postcolonial and gender criticism. Chapters focus on core topics and concepts such as time, home, the gothic, the concept of the ring, women, homosexuality and show how focusing on these questions can enable different readings of the novels and films. The final section looks at the continuing influence of Tolkien's work on fantasy fiction and in contemporary game and electronic narratives.
Introduction; Robert Eaglestone
PART I: CONTEXT AND CRITICISM
1. Towards a Better Tolkien criticism; Michael D. C. Drout, Wheaton College, Norton, MA
2. Gothic Echoes; Sue Zlosnik, Manchester Metropolitan University
3. The One Ring; Adam Roberts, Royal Holloway, University of London
PART II: SPACE, PLACE AND COMMUNITY
4. Invisibility; Robert Eaglestone, Royal Holloway, University of London
5. Home; Simon Malpas, Edinburgh University
6. Time; Barry Langford, Royal Holloway, University of London
PART III: GENDER, SEXUALITY AND CLASS
7. Women; Jennifer Neville, Royal Holloway, University of London
8. Masculinity; Holly A Crocker, University of South Carolina
9. Homoeroticism; Esther Saxey, University of Sussex
10. Service; Scott Kleinman, California State University, Northridge
11. Games; Barry Atkins, Manchester Metropolitan University
12. In the tradition...; Roz Kaveney.