Source criticism--analysis of a writer's source material--has emerged as one of the most popular approaches in exploring the work of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Since Tolkien drew from many disparate sources, an understanding of these sources, as well as how and why he incorporated them, can enhance readers' appreciation.
This set of new essays by leading Tolkien scholars describes the theory and methodology... [click here for more]
After having come into a considerable sum of money Huck Finn and his friend Tom Sawyer are bound on causing all kinds of trouble when Huck’s alcoholic father comes to town and kidnaps Huck Finn. Having to fake his own death to escape his father’s imprisoning, Huck unites with another friend Jim, who is an run away slave who was afraid of getting sold to more brutal owners farther down the... [click here for more]
When Tom skips school and is forced to whitewash a fence as punishment and he thinks to trade this type of work and he asks his friends to trade his services for trinkets they earn in Sunday school which he uses to gain a Bible. During this time he falls in love with Becky and she shuns him when she learns of his romantic history. When he reunites with Huckleberry Finn, they take off to an island where... [click here for more]
Few scholars nursed on the literary canon would dispute that knowledge of Western literature benefits readers and writers of the superhero genre. This analysis of superhero comics as Romance literature shows that the reverse is true--knowledge of the superhero romance has something to teach critics of traditional literature.
Establishing the comic genre as a cousin to Arthurian myth, Spenser, and... [click here for more]
Unexpectedly, Hank Morgan is struck in the head and wakes up in 6th century England. In order to make himself useful he approaches the revered King Arthur to solve the medieval problems with 19th century problem solving. Through his problem solving he comes to realize that all he learned of this time may not be true. ... [click here for more]
Love and tragedy can go hand in hand when a young man falls in love with already married aristocrat, Anna. She is reluctant to leave her husband for the new love interest due to laws and rules handed down by the state, the church and her social standing. Eventually the two flee to Italy where they can finally be free to be together but a great shunning begins and Anna must overcome the new problems.... [click here for more]
Merlin: Sired by a demon but won to good by a strong mother… This is no made-up tale, but the REAL origin story of Merlin from the year 1215 AD, retold for readers of today. "The Swithen series is an exciting new addition to modern Arthurian fiction. Too often, Arthurian characters become stick figures in modern retellings, but that is far from the case here. ...I only wished it was longer."... [click here for more]