Later fantasy fiction: Tolkien's legacy
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This chapter explores Tolkien's influence on contemporary fantasy writers. It focuses on their use of similar sources to Tolkien (myth, legend, folklore, often as recorded in medieval literature). It also examines their tendency to theorize their own creative practice, following the example of Tolkien's seminal essay “On Fairy-Stories.” The chapter examines within these parameters the work of Alan Garner, Susan Cooper, Diana Wynne Jones, Ursula K. Le Guin, Philip Pullman, and J. K. Rowling. It aims to demonstrate some of the exciting ways fantasy as a genre has evolved in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries, following Tolkien's success.
Fimi, D. (2014) ‘Later fantasy fiction: Tolkien's legacy’ In: Lee, S.D. (ed.) A companion to J. R. R. Tolkien. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 335-349.
This book chapter was published on Wiley Online Library on 18 April 2014, available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118517468.ch23
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