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17272Re: [mythsoc] Re: J. Chance

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  • Larry Swain
    Nov 30, 2006
      Best of luck tomorrow Walter!! You should consider working up an article or two based on the beast and submit it to Mythlore.
      >
      > Hi,
      >
      > Thanks, Mr. Bratman.
      >
      > Wow! Think about it. "Walter... said such and such..." I never thought I
      > would say anything of mention on this list.
      >
      > I can't wait to send you a copy of my thesis. It's about Myth and Ideology.
      >
      > If you've not seen my blog on the thing (which I think you might have...)
      > It is:
      >
      > www.artofthemetaphysicalmind.blogspot.com
      >
      > I defend it tomorrow. My committee dropped Charles Nicol as the chair. He
      > was replaced by Don Jennermann, who was the chair of the Humanities dept.
      > before he retired. The whole committee is Emeritus professors, except Tom
      > Derrick, a Harvard PhD who is still full-time faculty in the English dept.
      > at ISU.
      >
      > It's a load off to be done with that monster. I have behaved like an
      > agitated champagne bottle with its cork just loosed. All this stuff is just
      > coming out of me now. You are all so much a part of my thinking and its
      > development in terms of "sensibilities" about Tolkien's Silmarillion.
      >
      > "Thanks" is not in the right category. I hope we all can make a mess of my
      > thesis together. Perhaps I'll see if I can get the list administrator to
      > post it in the files section of this group.
      >
      > We shall see....
      >
      > Thanks, David. And thanks to the mysoc list for helping to keep me a little
      > more grounded in reality these days..
      >
      > Sincerely, Walter.
      >
      >
      > On 11/30/06, David Bratman <dbratman@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > At 08:18 AM 11/30/2006 -0600, Beth Russell wrote:
      > >
      > > >And *yet*, And *yet*, I haven't seen it mentioned in this thread that
      > > >year after year she organizes Tolkien discussion groups at the MLA
      > > >meetings. Even when not maybe a wise thing to do in those circles.
      > >
      > > True enough. I just don't think any of these things cancel each other out.
      > > Walter began this discussion by dredging up an old criticism I'd made of
      > > the two books on Tolkien that Chance wrote herself, and I stand by that
      > > remark, as may be seen in my survey of the reprints (Tolkien Studies 2, p.
      > > 300). But it's a very mild criticism: see p. 295 of the same essay for my
      > > comments on Michael White's biography, the worst book on Tolkien ever
      > > published. (Yes, worse than William Ready, who at least had the
      > > compensating virtue of being too incoherent to cause much harm.)
      > >
      > > Of Prof. Chance's much-discussed audience comment at the Marquette
      > > symposium, I will just say that it was the only moment during the entire
      > > conference when I could not follow what the speaker was trying to say.
      > >
      > > None of this cancels out, or is cancelled out by, Prof. Chance's strong
      > > and
      > > continuing efforts at promoting Tolkien academically, and her tireless
      > > work
      > > at both organizing sessions and - amazingly - getting the results
      > > published. Three edited volumes on Tolkien and medievalism are a gigantic
      > > contribution, even if they could have been better selected and edited. I
      > > called the first of these an "outstanding collection" and "an uneven but
      > > highly ambitious book" (Tolkien Studies 3, p. 241).
      > >
      > > David Bratman
      > >
      > >
      > >
      >
      >
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      >
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