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Author Coutras, Lisa, author.

Title Tolkiens theology of beauty [electronic resource] : majesty, simplicity, and transcendence in Middle-earth / Lisa Coutras.

Published London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.


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Physical description 1 online resource (xvii, 279 pages).
Series Springer English/International eBooks 2016 - Full Set
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Foreword; Alister McGrath -- Introduction -- Part I: On Myth -- Chapter 1. A Theology of Beauty -- Chapter 2. Primary Truth -- Part II: On Creation -- Chapter 3. The Light of Being -- Chapter 4. Incarnate Beings -- Chapter 5. The Wonder of Being -- Part III: On Language -- Chapter 6. The Law of the Logos -- Chapter 7. The Song of Lúthien -- Part IV: On Good and Evil -- Chapter 8. Being and Unbeing -- Chapter 9. The Splendor of Being -- Part V: On Tragic Heroism -- Chapter 10. The Tragedy of Túrin -- Chapter 11. Hope Without Guarantees -- Part VI: On Women -- Chapter 12. Tolkien and Feminist Criticism -- Chapter 13. The Transcendental Feminine -- Chapter 14. The Renunciation of Power -- Conclusion. .
Summary In this book, Lisa Coutras explores the structure and complexity of J.R.R. Tolkienℓ́ℓs narrative theology, synthesizing his Christian worldview with his creative imagination. She illustrates how, within the framework of a theological aesthetics, transcendental beauty is the unifying principle that integrates all aspects of Tolkienℓ́ℓs writing, from pagan despair to Christian joy. J.R.R. Tolkienℓ́ℓs Christianity is often held in an unsteady tension with the pagan despair of his mythic world. Some critics portray these as incompatible, while Christian analysis tends to oversimplify the presence of religious symbolism. This polarity of opinion testifies to the need for a unifying interpretive lens. The fact that Tolkien saw his own writing as ℓ́ℓreligiousℓ́ℓ and ℓ́ℓCatholic,ℓ́ℓ yet was preoccupied with pagan mythology, nature, language, and evil, suggests that these areas were wholly integrated with his Christian worldview. Tolkienℓ́ℓs Theology of Beauty examines six structural elements, demonstrating that the authorℓ́ℓs Christianity is deeply embedded in the narrative framework of his creative imagination. .
Other author SpringerLink issuing body.
Subject Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973. Lord of the rings.
Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973 -- Religion.
Christianity and literature -- England -- History -- 20th century.
Christian fiction, English -- History and criticism.
Fantasy fiction, English -- History and criticism.
Middle Earth (Imaginary place)
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
ISBN 9781137553454 (electronic bk.)
1137553456 (electronic bk.)
Standard Number 10.1057/978-1-137-55345-4