Tolkien’s Stand Against Modernism

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Tolkien’s Stand Against Modernism

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Mitchell, Jake
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Department of English; Dr. Susan Aronstein
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Laramie, Wyoming

University of Wyoming
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2008-04-23

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Eng

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This project explores Tolkien’s relationship with an important literary movement that occurred during his lifetime and how he does and does not respond to it or acknowledge it. Modernism sparked a series of cultural paradigm shifts ranging from gender roles to class relationships to the reality of war in the modern era and what the future might hold for Western Civilization. Tolkien looks at the various cultural shifts and, quite intentionally, looks into the past for inspiration and strength. The Lord of the Rings is a series obsessed with the past and its fading glories. The text supports homo-social bonds, but decisively ignores homosexual bonds; it provides troublesome racial ideologies and showcases many of the problems with ethnocentric literature. Tolkien sees himself surrounded by a rapidly and violently changing world, and tries very hard to provide a much more traditional counter-narrative to these changes. In many ways, Tolkien uses The Lord of the Rings to combat new ideas about societal order and culture by offering his own, neo-feudalist worldview.
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From - Undergraduate Research Day 2008 - Celebration of Research - Abstracts
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Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973. Lord of the rings; Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973--Political and social views; Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973--Characters; Civilization, Modern--20th century

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Undergrauate Research Day 2008

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