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Functioning Fantasies

February 22, 2011

My friend, Corey Latta, has recently released his second book, Functioning Fantasies: Theology, Ideology and Social Conceptions in the Fantasies of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien.  If you’re a Lewis and/or Tolkien fan, you’ll enjoy how Corey explores the relationship between their literature and theologies.  I hope you’ll check it out.

From the description:

Functioning Fantasies explores the functionality as well as the ideological underpinnings of C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Perhaps more than any other genre of literature, fantasy texts attempt to represent, challenge, and even modify individual and cultural ideologies. As the classic works of Lewis and Tolkien demonstrate, fantasy literature allows for a multidimensionality of personal and social meanings meant to work against and alongside one another. Both C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien demonstrate the social and conceptual functions of fantasy literature. Lewis presents a theological fantasy, in which he depicts foundational tenets of Christian doctrine through a fantastic narrative. Tolkien’s children’s text, The Hobbit, also reflects and recasts aspects of childhood against the backdrop of a specific social context-a post World War I society.

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