Re: [mythsoc] An Old Question (racism)
- Dear Jay,
Do you read French ? A very good article by Guido Semprini was published two years ago in my Tolkien, 30 ans après (Christian Bourgois, 2004). I published it because, on a very tiring question, it is the best article I have read so far.
I have an old question to pose. Can any of you point me toward credible
and reflective articles that: 1) charge Tolkien and his fiction with
2) defend Tolkien and his fiction from that charge?
I am in the process of preparing a class on Tolkien for first-semester
freshmen that would serve as an introductory course on the liberal arts.
Although I am music professor-I teach piano-I am also interested in
teaching outside of my discipline as a means of making connections with
other facets of the liberal arts tradition. While I have my own opinion
on the subject of Tolkien and race (he was not a racist, nor is his
fiction guilty of perpetuating it), I would like to be able to present
to students thoughtful and informed arguments on both sides of the
issue, and perhaps learn a little more about the literature on this
particular topic for purposes of potential research essays for students.
Thanks for your time.
Jay Hershberger, DMA
Associate Professor of Piano
Concordia College (ELCA)
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