Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Critical Theory (comics!) and LoTR

Came across an "existential comic" that focuses on critical theory and The Lord of the Rings. On one hand, the joke's pretty clever, so give them props for that. On the other hand, I think this is indicative of why scholars informed by critical theory have a tough time saying anything nice about Tolkien --the moral norms of the text, including all the social hierarchies, are precisely the kind of thing that motivated critical theorists to develop their theories (which, as you may have surmised, are critical of the status quo).

The comic may be found here: existential comics involving The Lord of the Rings.

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