RE: [mythsoc] Germaine Greer has at Tolkien again...
- Her axe is feminism, radical socialist variety. ? (Christine Hoff
Summer's *Who Stole Feminism* is an excellent summary of events in the 80s
and 90s, btw, along w/ Joan Kennedy Taylor's *Individualist Faminism
Revisited,* a great historical summary of how things went wrong.)
But truly, does anyone actually pay attention to Germaine Greer anymore? I
also hear Andrea Dworkin just died recently, too. Frankly, I think Andre
Norton did more for feminism than either. ---djb
From: Elizabeth Apgar Triano lizziewriter@...
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2005 19:05:36 -0400
Subject: RE: [mythsoc] Germaine Greer has at Tolkien again...
I'm new to this subject. What's her axe she's grinding? Sheesh.
Elizabeth Apgar Triano
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> From: Stolzi <Stolzi@...>
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> Date: 4/24/2005 6:10:23 PM
> Subject: [mythsoc] Germaine Greer has at Tolkien again...
> I'm not sure what she's driving at, precisely, in this Shakespeare-themed
> article for THE SPECTATOR (requires registration) but it's somewhat
> interesting. The only Tolkien passage is this:
> " Middle Earth is the latest reincarnation of the cherished fantasy of
> Merrie England, which is partly why The Lord of the Rings is voted the
> nation's favourite work of fiction in poll after poll. Tolkien's nonsense
> encourages the English to believe that they are who they think they are,
> distinct from who they really are. They think they are more reasonable,The Mythopoeic Society website http://www.mythsoc.org
> fair, friendly and reliable than any other people on the planet, when they
> have no more reason for thinking so than for believing in St George or his
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- Greer's ax is that she doesn't like Tolkien and therefore no one else can
like Tolkien for a purely literary reason. She apparently considers herself
the ultimate arbiter of literary taste and can't believe that other people
might differ so greatly from her tastes. The popularity of Tolkien must
therefore be explained as being for some non-literary reason.
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