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Lord of the Rings, Lord of Nature: A postcolonial-ecocritical study of J.R.R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and its implications in the EFL classroom
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay examines J.R.R Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings through the application of a theoretical framework of postcolonial ecocriticism, endeavoring to discern the author’s concerns and the environmental and colonial underpinnings interwoven in the novel through a thematic analysis focusing on the concepts of pastoral, nature, wilderness and development. The results show that Tolkien undoubtedly projected his profound sentiments for environmental disruption as a product of a rapidly changing world during his lifetime. Although Tolkien’s trilogy is a work of high fantasy written in a different context, this essay argues that it is valid for scrutiny in relation to contemporary society. Furthermore, this study investigates the implementation of the text in the Swedish EFLclassroom with the purpose of raising students’ awareness for, and investment in the environment, whilst improving their all-round communicative skills, ultimately educating for a sustainable future.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 48
Keywords [en]
Colonialism, Postcolonialism, Imperialism, Ecocriticism, Environmentalism, Pastoral, Nature, Wilderness, Development, Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The EFL Classroom.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-76582OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-76582DiVA, id: diva2:1229634
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English
Educational program
Teacher Education Programme for Upper Secondary School, 300/330 credits
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2018-07-01, Växjö, 19:31 (English)
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Available from: 2018-07-04 Created: 2018-07-01 Last updated: 2018-07-04Bibliographically approved

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