Session 1019: Otherness in Tolkien's Medievalism
Wednesday 5 July 2017, 09.00-10.30
|Organiser:||Dimitra Fimi, Department of Humanities, Cardiff Metropolitan University|
|Moderator/Chair:||Kristine Larsen, Department of Geological Sciences, Central Connecticut State University|
|Paper 1019-a||Disability in Tolkien's Texts: Medieval 'Otherness'?|
Index terms: Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Social History
|Paper 1019-b||Tolkien's Other Middle Ages|
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Middle English, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
|Paper 1019-c||The Invisible Other: Tolkien's Dwarf-Women and the 'Feminine Lack'|
Index terms: Gender Studies, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
|Paper 1019-d||Our World, the Other World, and Those In-Between: Community with and Separation from the Dead in Tolkien's Work|
Index terms: Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Philosophy
This session explores various aspects of the construction and role of the ‘other’ in J. R. R. Tolkien’s medievalism. Irina Metzler surveys the representation of disability in Tolkien’s mythology and its medieval analogies and constructions. Thomas Honegger focuses on Tolkien’s critique of chivalry in his medieval scholarship but also in his construction of the ‘other’ Middle Ages in his creative work. Sara Brown addresses an important figure of medieval literature and legend, the Dwarf, focusing on the ‘othering’ of female Dwarves by their very absence. Gaëlle Abaléa interrogates the world of the Dead as ‘other’ in Tolkien’s legendarium, examining its boundaries, and its relation to Faerie.
Metzler – Disability in Tolkiens’ texts: medieval ‘Otherness’?
Honegger – Tolkien’s Other Middle Ages
Brown – The Invisible Other: Tolkien’s Dwarf-Women and the ‘Feminine Lack’.
Abaléa – Our world, the Other world and those in-between, community with and separation from the Dead in Tolkien’s work.