Academic journal article Mythlore


Academic journal article Mythlore


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THE THEME UNITING THE NINE ARTICLES in this issue is transformation, or if we follow the lead of Charles A. Huttar in his contribution and reference Spenser, mutabilitie--a fitting topic for the early days of spring. Here you will find original sources transformed by adaptation, concepts and ideas transformed over time or by new hands, and personal lives transformed and revealed in art.

We'll begin with the personal transformation of an author. Nancy Bunting, in "Tolkien in Love," makes a case for examining Tolkien's work as an amateur visual artist as a key to understanding the important stresses and changes in his life over the winter months of 1912-1913, as he anticipated reuniting with Edith Bratt after their forced separation.

Next, the personal transformation of a literary character: Erin K. Wagner studies the metamorphosis of Orual, the main character of C.S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces, under the "divine surgery" of the dream-visions sent by the gods.

While we'll turn next to ideas and concepts transformed, we'll continue to consider dream-visions in my own dissection of Tolkien's concept of "Faerian Drama." I attempt to define its characteristics through the way it changes the lives of dreamers such as Scrooge, the Pearl poet, and Smith of Wootton Major.

Grzegorz Trebicki introduces us to Miyuki Miyabe, who deliberately rings changes on Tolkien's concept of sub-creation in his thought-provoking The Book of Heroes, a story that turns the virtues of storytelling itself on their heads.

In "'They Have Quarrelled with the Trees,'" Deborah Klein uses the tools of eco-criticism to read Lewis's attitudes towards nature, hierarchy, and the changes wrought by technological progress in the Narnia books and the Cosmic Trilogy.

Joseph Young, building on his paper in Mythlore #117/118, calls for a change in critical attitudes towards E.R. Eddison, revealing a deep philosophical and spiritual foundation at the base of the lush, glittering surface of the Zimiamvia trilogy. A careful unraveling of mythological references and evidence from previously unpublished Eddison letters at the Bodleian back up his conclusion.

Film adaptation can be one of the trickier manifestations of literary mutabilitie, and the Peter Jackson adaptations of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are particularly controversial. …

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