The Lord of the Rings: the anti-adventure
- Patrick McEvoy-Halston (see profile)
- CLCS 20th- and 21st-Century, GS Children’s and Young Adult Literature, GS Speculative Fiction, LLC 20th- and 21st-Century English and Anglophone, TC Cognitive and Affect Studies
- Fantasy literature, Criticism--Psychological aspects, Psychoanalysis and literature, Affect (Psychology)
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- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Object Relations, real self, Speculative design, Psychological literary criticism, Affect
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- Argues that J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" is an adventure in reverse, an "argument" for "your" regression. Rather than play with your ability to maybe succeed in threatening environments, it confirms your worst suspicions about yourself, lending you in mood to cling to others in a master-slave relationship, so long as they'll agree to protect you. First of four essays on this subject, in regards to Tolkien's masterpiece, with this essay making the overarching argument concerning the whole series, and the others involving themselves in the dynamics between characters vis-a-vis one another in the text, and the reader with each of them, as well as the text itself, as they exist particular to a particular volume of the series. The readers' identification with the hobbits is basically assumed. They are "show" of our worst suspicions of ourselves, a "test" of them.
- Publishing as part of a new life project to work with those advancing literature studies more into the vein of exploring the degree to which a text buttresses or diminishes, maybe not character, but the object relations conception of a real self.
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