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Reading Tolkien

Dec 20, 2020

In this fascinating discussion, Dr Dennis Wise (University of Arizona) and I talk about a range of topics related to Tolkien studies, including the state of the academic field, the place of Critical Theory in the reception of Tolkien, theories about metafiction in Tolkien's fiction, the 'ontological' status of Tolkien's creation myth, and how we can approach Tolkien through the theories of Leo Strauss. 

Dr Wise is a lecturer in the Writing Program at UofA, and he has published extensively on Tolkien and other SF/F topics in a range of journals. His website is