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Tolkien, the Author and the Critic


Tolkien not only taught medieval literature but also edited medieval texts - such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Ancrene Wisse -, translated Pearl (a 14th century poem), and wrote important articles on Beowulf and Sir Gawain. A common feature of these articles is the claim for originality: Tolkien asserts that he takes the opposite view from his predecessors; besides,his reflexion on medieval literature seems, over twenty years, extremely coherent concerning heroism and war. Moreover, what seems important to him in these texts corresponds to important elements in his fiction. If the relation between fiction and non-fiction is examined in itself, more globally, Tolkien's works appear to present us a peculiar relation between fiction and essays or articles (his critical comments on medieval literature).
Cet article confronte les commentaires de Tolkien sur de grands textes médiévaux (Beowulf, Sire Gauvain et le chevalier vert et La Bataille de Maldon) et son écriture narrative, concluant à une transposition dans la fiction des problématiques essentielles de ses textes critiques, autour de l'héroïsme, de l'excès, de l'échec et de la faute.
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Vincent Ferré. Tolkien, the Author and the Critic: Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth and The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien, the Ring goes ever On, Aug 2005, Birmingham, United Kingdom. p. 162-168. ⟨halshs-00772173⟩
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