Dr. Andrew Higgins 's Reviews > The Inklings and King Arthur: J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, C. S. Lewis, and Owen Barfield on the Matter of Britain
The Inklings and King Arthur: J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, C. S. Lewis, and Owen Barfield on the Matter of Britain
Dr. Andrew Higgins 's review
Feb 25, 2018
This is one of the most important volumes i have read to date that use several different contextual frameworks to explore how the Inklings (Tolkien, Lewis, Charles Williams and Owen Barfield) each dipped their creative ladles into that vast and intertextual soup of Arthurian literature and tradition to shape stories that each reflected their own thoughts and creative aspects. The brilliant author of this volume Sorina Higgins (no relation) whose brilliant academic work and passion has made me continue attempting to crack the rather daunting Arthurian poetry of Charles Williams - has assembled an incredibly focused series of papers that explore these themes with very helpful notes and suggestions for further research. For me the stand out paper among all these brilliant explorations was Alyssa House-Thomas’s essay on the role of Guinevere in Tolkien’s unfinished The Fall of Arthur - her combination of excellent close reading and source analysis offers a new contextual reading of Arthur’s queen that for me was revelatory in understanding Tolkien’s version of Guinevere as well as other woman in Tolkien’s creative work. This must read book gave me new ideas and interest in research on the Inklings and the number of notes I made is a tribute to how this volume greatly contributes to Inkling studies and will motivate research from many more scholars. Highly recommend!
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