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Narnia, Middle-Earth and the Kingdom of God: a history of fantasy literature in the Christian Tradition

Worthing, Mark (2016) Narnia, Middle-Earth and the Kingdom of God: a history of fantasy literature in the Christian Tradition. Vic. Stone Table Books, Northcote. 153pp. ISBN 9780995416116

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Abstract

Narnia, Middle-Earth and the Kingdom of God tells the story of fantasy literature within the context of its complex relationship with the Christian tradition. In this book, Worthing looks at early influences on the genre, including European fairy tales and folklore, Northern and classical mythology, and Christian allegory. He also explores the contours of a variety of fantasy worlds from MacDonald's Faerie, Lewis' Narnia and Tolkien's Middle-Earth, to LeGuin's Earthsea, Pratchett's Discworld and Rowling's world of Hogwarts. In these worlds, and many more, we discover themes such as the battle between good and evil, the question of the existence of God, and the problem of suffering. Fantasy fans of all religious persuasions will find in this book a delightful and informative exploration of the rich history and profound themes of the fantasy genre.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Narnia, Middle-Earth, Kingdom of God, history, fantasy literature, Christian Tradition
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): C - Church History
Association with University of Divinity: ALC: Australian Lutheran College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2017 13:45
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2017 13:45
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2634

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