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Chesterton and Tolkien As Theologians: The Fantasy of the Real [Hardcover]

By Alison Milbank (Author)
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Pages   184
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.83" Width: 6.57" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   0.82 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2007
Publisher   T. & T. Clark Publishers
ISBN  0567040941  
EAN  9780567040947  

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This book takes Chesterton's 'natural theology' through fairytales seriously as a theological project appropriate to an intellectual attempt to return to faith in a secular age. It argues that Tolkien's fiction makes sense also as the work of a Catholic writer steeped in Chestertonian ideas and sharing his literary-theological poetics.
While much writing on religious fantasy moves quickly to talk about wonder, Milbank shows that this has to be hard won and that Chesterton is more akin to the modernist writers of the early twentieth-century who felt quite dislocated from the past. His favoured tropes of paradox, defamiliarization and the grotesque have much in common with writers like T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound and James Joyce and their use of the demotic as well as the 'mythic method'.
Using Chesterton's literary rhetoric as a frame, the book sets out to chart a redemptive poetics that first decentres the reader from his habitual perception of the world, then dramatizes his self-alienation through the grotesque, before finding in that very alienation a sort of pharmakon through paradox and an embrace of difference. The next step is to change one's vision of the world beyond the self through magic which, paradoxically, is the means by which one can reconnect with the physical world and remove the fetishism and commodification of the object. Chesterton's theology of gift is the means in which this magic becomes real and people and things enter into reciprocal relations that reconnect them with the divine.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Alison Milbank lectures in Literature and Theology at the University of Nottingham, UK. She was formerly John Rylands Research Institute Fellow at the University of Manchester, UK, and taught at the Universities of Cambridge, UK, Middlesex, UK, and Virginia, USA.

Alison Milbank currently resides in the state of Massachusetts. Alison Milbank was born in 1954 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Manchester.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
insightful and scholarly  Feb 11, 2008
It is indeed a terrible shame this book is priced out of the reach of simple hobbit folk. This, however, is no reason to penalize the author with poor reviews.
It deserves FIVE STARS.
I attended the lectures given by Alison Milbank upon which this book is based. Her reading of Tolkien is insightful, scholarly, and above all, readable. It will become essential reading for any future scholars wishing to work with Tolkien.
Way too expensive  Jan 6, 2008
I would not mind owning this book, but I do not have $94! This is an outrageous price. What is T&T Clark thinking? There are several books like this about Chesterton and Tolkein individually for about $15. One or two are published by Ignatius Press. I hope T&T wakes up soon.
Some trustworthy people applaud this work  Jan 2, 2008
Ralph Wood, currently a visiting fellow in the ethics and culture think tank at the University of Notre Dame, gave this book the equivalent of a five-star review on the blog of the journal "First Things" (see the "On the Square" blog entry for 2 January 2008). Dr. Alison Milbank, the author of this study, is a distinguished British academic who read theology and literature at Cambridge University. She is, in other words, writing on what might be called her home turf, about men to whom she's given a lot of interesting thought.

Yet I cannot give the book five stars, because irony weighs too heavy on this project: Chesterton and Tolkien were popular authors whose work was loved by millions even before director Peter Jackson did a masterful job of adapting Tolkien for a movie trilogy. Sadly, this study of their similarities through a theological prism is priced beyond the means of many if not most of their fans.

Recall that the great wizard Gandalf once described himself as a "servant of the secret fire." Many commentators consider that a none-too-subtle nod from Tolkien in the direction of that third person of the Holy Trinity whom Christians call the Holy Spirit.

But not even in that funny Harvard Lampoon parody "Bored of the Rings" did Gandalf describe himself as a servant of the American Express Black (aka "Centurion") Card.

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