CFP: Tolkien and Shakespeare: Influences, Echoes, Revisions (1/30/05; collection)

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Croft, Janet B.
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While J.R.R. Tolkien professed to dislike the works of William
Shakespeare, he was intimately familiar with many of the plays and was
arguably influenced in many ways by Shakespeare's writings. I am looking
for scholarly but accessible papers of 6,000 to 9,000 words on the topic
of Shakespeare's influence on Tolkien. This collection already includes
essays on themes from Macbeth in The Lord of the Rings, war and glory in
Henry V and The Lord of the Rings, the mythical function of forests and
trees, and catharsis in Tolkien and Shakespeare. Additional topics I
would like to include are the conception of elves for both authors,
Gollum and Caliban, the role of women, and women warriors. Other topics
are welcome as well.

Abstracts of up to 250 words are due by January 30, 2005. I will reply
by February 20. Completed papers will be expected by June 15, editing to
be completed by October 15, and submission of completed manuscript to
publisher by December 15, 2005. Please send inquiries, abstracts, and/or
completed papers (prefer e-mail) to:

Janet Brennan Croft
Head of Access Services
University of Oklahoma Libraries
Bizzell 104NW
Norman OK 73019
Fax 405-325-7618

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