COMPARING JACKSON’S The Hobbit FILMS TO TOLKIEN’s NOVEL: : Text into Film Edited by Dr. Janice M Bogstad
Call for papers for an essay collection -12-15 essays of 6000-8,000 words in length.
The deadline for receipt of an abstract, for consideration, is December 1, 2015. Final manuscripts are due March 1, 2016 with encouragement for earlier submission. Contact me to discuss exceptions.
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Manuscripts will be reviewed in a double-blind process by peer reviewers after having been tentatively accepted by the editor.
The collection will consider comparisons between Tolkien’s original Hobbit and the three New Line/Hobbit films. Of interest are structural parallels and differences, changes in character-focus from the book to the films, and considerations of philosophical differences in the overall message of Tolkien’s original book and Jackson’s films, but other well-supported arguments will also be considered. As with the previously published Picturing Tolkien (McFarland 2011), this collection will focus on positive comparisons. Essayists may wish to discuss features of the film that are, in their judgment, less successful, but will be asked to hold condemnation of the cinematic text simply on the basis of its differences from the textual narrative. Authors may decide to focus on the films or the novel but the primary focus is comparative features of both. Contribution to Tolkien scholarship can be articulated with two concepts: its audience is the informed reader, not only the Tolkien, literary or film critic. Its basic framework is in respect of co-measurability, that the books and the films are co-creations with parallel structures that intersect at certain points. Each should be examined and compared as if those comparisons and intersections are significant to understanding contemporary Tolkien studies.