Writing back to Tolkien: gender, sexuality and race in high fantasy

Baker, Dallas John (2017) Writing back to Tolkien: gender, sexuality and race in high fantasy. In: Recovering history through fact and fiction: forgotten lives. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom, pp. 123-143. ISBN 978-1-5275-0325-9

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This book chapter discusses race, gender and sexuality in the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien and in High Fantasy. The chapter argues that the discursive Tolkien, the Tolkien that emerges from scholarly reading and discussion of his works, is at risk of being obscured by the cultish popularity of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books and films. It suggests that the privileged readings of Tolkien’s works are racist and sexist and posits “writing back” to Tolkien by creating more diverse Tolkienesque fiction as a way to intervene in and resist negative discourses about race, gender and sexuality arising from those privileged readings. The paper uses the author’s Young Adult fantasy trilogy, The Faeden Chronicles, as a case study of such a writing back.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2018 00:40
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2018 02:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tolkien, writing back, fantasy fiction, The Faeden Chronicles, D.J. McPhee
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33493

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