RE: [mythsoc] Tolkien, Shakespeare, et al
- Ron, you've got a great idea for a paper for the next Mythcon (theme:
Shakespeare in Fantasy)! I'd encourage you to pursue it!
From: rbryant42@... [mailto:rbryant42@...]
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2001 8:25 AM
Subject: [mythsoc] Tolkien, Shakespeare, et al
With all this discussion of Professor Tolkien's perceived stature among
his literary fellows going on, it occurs to me that one might well ask
how much of academic interest is shaped by fashion.
Are there any good sources about, for example, exactly how and why
Shakespeare's perceived stature among academics and literati evolved from
"uninspired popular hack" in the 18th century, to "The Greatest" over the
span of the 19th? I'm not an expert in the general critical literature,
but perhaps some of the Society folk here are, and could recommend some
I suspect strongly that such sources might contain some interesting clues
as to how the future may treat with JRRT's literary persona ...
Under the Mercy,
"Coffee...the finest organic suspension ever devised!" -- Cap'n Kate
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