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Women Among the Inklings

The Oxford group of writers known as the Inklings met and thrived during the 1930s and 1940s. Three of the members, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams, became known as authors and cultural figures, recognized for interweaving Christian themes into fantasy fiction. Other members of the group doubtlessly influenced these works through their comments and discussion, and the published ideas of Williams, Lewis, and Tolkien were probably first discussed within this circle. Every member of the Inklings was male, the group consciously excluded women, and it was formed to promote male companionship. This book examines the attitude of the Inklings toward women and thus, sheds new light on the lives and works of Lewis, Tolkien, and Williams. The book examines the male culture of the Inklings and the relation of the literary group to the larger Oxford community. It also looks at women in the lives of Williams, Tolkien, and Lewis. While Williams and Tolkien apparently thought of women as mythic icons. Lewis began to question some of the group's assumptions after his marriage. When considering the representation of women in fiction by the Inklings, the volume gives special attention to issues of gender and theology.
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Table of Contents

Preface Introduction The Inklings as Male Culture Women as Mythic Icons: Williams and Tolkien Women as Presence and Absence: The Lewis Brothers Against Insubordination: Women in Inklings Fiction Mere Feminism: Gender, Reading, and the Inklings Selected Bibliography Index

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Examines the attitude of three of the Inklings-Lewis, Tolkien, and Williams-toward women, in their lives and writings.

About the Author

CANDICE FREDRICK is Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Redlands. She is the coauthor of Women, Ethics, and the Workplace (Praeger, 1997). SAM MCBRIDE is Senior Professor at DeVry Institute of Technology in Pomona, California. His research and publications emphasize interdisciplinary approaches to the humanities in the twentieth century.


.,."the only full treatment of the topic. Highly recommended for libraries supporting studies of the Inklings; also useful in extensive feminist studies collections and for public libraries looking for something lively on Tolkien."-Choice

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