Survey: Women & Tolkien: Amazons, Valkyries, Feminists, and Slashers
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Hello: I will be doing a presentation on the topic of women enjoying Tolkien's work at the 2012 Tolkien at Kalamazoo area, at the International Congress of Medieval Studies, in May, 2012.
The purpose of this post is to invite women who are 18 and over and who are readers or fans of Tolkien's work and/or teachers who have taught Tolkien's work, and/or scholars who have published on Tolkien's work to answer a few open-ended questions about their reasons for enjoying his work. Feel free to circulate the survey information to anyone who may be interested; I'm sorry if you're getting multiple versions of this because of membership on multiple fantastic listservs!
This project has been reviewed by my university's Institutional Review Board, and has been posted on Dreamwidth; it is also possible to take the survey via email (return to: robin_reid@...). No names will be saved or associated with responses.
By "women," I mean anybody who identifies as a woman.
By "Tolkien's work," I mean any of his published novels, stories, poems, or academic essays.
I will not be collecting any personal or identifying data, nor will I be attempting to make any correlations or connections between people's identity or social group and their enjoyment of Tolkien's work in this study.
Participants may reply anonymously, use a pseuodonym of their choice, or provide their legal name (or any variant of it) on the Dreamwidth site set up in connection with this project (http://robin-anne-reid.dreamwidth.org/45806.html). You may also reply to me via email if you wish (names will be stripped before responses are saved).
On Dreamwidth, all responses are screened; I will not unscreen any response unless the participant specifically requests it at the end of her response.
I am not logging IPs.
Anyone identifying as a woman, eighteen and older, is invited to respond.
If you have any questions about this project, feel free to contact either of the following:
Robin Anne Reid, Ph.D.
Department of Literature and Languages
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Commerce, TX 75429
Women & Tolkien: Amazons, Valkyries, Feminists, and Slashers
1. What are your favorite works by Tolkien?
2. What do you most like about your favorite works by Tolkien?
3. What was the first work by Tolkien that you read?
4. Do you re-read his work?
5. How many years have you been reading Tolkien?
6. Have you ever written about Tolkien's work: As a fan? As a published author? As an academic scholar?
7. Do you talk about Tolkien's work(s) with other women?
8. Do you recommend Tolkien's work to other women?