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Shippey, T. A.

Works: 91 works in 425 publications in 11 languages and 12,438 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Short stories  Poetry  Science fiction  Fantasy fiction  Study guides  Bibliography  Bibliographies  Epic poetry  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, wpr, Narrator, Honoree, Other, Author of introduction, win, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Redactor, Arranger, Interviewee
Classifications: PR6039.O32, 829.3
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Most widely held works about T. A Shippey
Most widely held works by T. A Shippey
J.R.R. Tolkien : author of the century by T. A Shippey( Book )

35 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 2,287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyzes Tolkien's "The Hobbit," "The Lord of the Rings," "The Silmarillion," and his lesser works, and explains how his works tie into storytelling tradition dating back to Grimms' fairy tales and "Beowulf."
The road to Middle-Earth by T. A Shippey( Book )

54 editions published between 1982 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 1,968 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Road to Middle-earth, Tom Shippey's classic work, now revised and expanded in paperback explores J.R.R. Tolkien's creativity and the sources of his inspiration. Shippey shows in detail how Tolkien's professional background led him to write The Hobbit and create a timeless charm for millions of readers. He argues convincingly that the source of Tolkien's inspiration lay not just in his love of fable but in his love of language. While examining the foundations and literary structures of Tolkien's most popular work, The Lord of the Rings, in rich detail, Shippey also discusses the contribution of The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales to Tolkien's great myth cycle, showing how the more "difficult" books can be fully appreciated. He goes on to examine the remarkable twelve-volume History of Middle-earth, written by Tolkien's son and literary heir Christopher Tolkien, which traces the creative and technical processes by which Middle-earth evolved."--Jacket
The Oxford book of science fiction stories( Book )

22 editions published between 1992 and 2004 in English and held by 959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of thirty English and American science fiction stories from H.G. Wells's story "The Land Ironclad" of 1913 to the 1990s
The Oxford book of fantasy stories by T. A Shippey( Book )

20 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and held by 918 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A century's worth of the exotic and the fantastic. The stories range from Richard Garnett's "The Demon Pope," a story on soul-selling, to Terry Prachett's amusing "Troll Bridge, " in which Cohen the Barbarian philosophizes on the decline of magic
Beowulf by Elaine Strong Skill( Book )

41 editions published between 1978 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tom Shippey provides the reader with a contextual introduction to Beowulf and a guide to the 18th and 19th century scholarship that generated the Beowulf commentaries. He provides a powerful tool for studying this major text of the 'Northern Renaissance'
Poems of wisdom and learning in Old English by T. A Shippey( Book )

20 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in 5 languages and held by 513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Magill's guide to science fiction and fantasy literature( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These four volumes cover 791 books or series, 238 of them published during the 1980s and 1990s. the entries are 1,000 words long for single books and 1,500 for series, with a one-sentence summary beginning each entry followed by bibliographical information ... Volume 4 contains an extensive bibliography of critical works on science fiction and fantasy, a list of major award winners, a genre index." Booklist
Old English verse by T. A Shippey( Book )

12 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete Old English poems by T. A Shippey( Book )

9 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the riddling song of a bawdy onion that moves between kitchen and bedroom to the thrilling account of Beowulf's battle with a treasure-hoarding dragon, from the heart-rending lament of a lone castaway to the embodied speech of the cross upon which Christ was crucified, from the anxiety of Eve, who carries "a sumptuous secret in her hands / And a tempting truth hidden in her heart," to the trust of Noah who builds "a sea-floater, a wave-walking / Ocean-home with rooms for all creatures," the world of the Anglo-Saxon poets is a place of harshness, beauty, and wonder. Now for the first time, the entire Old English poetic corpus--including poems and fragments discovered only within the past fifty years--is rendered into modern strong-stress, alliterative verse in a masterful translation by Craig Williamson. Accompanied by an introduction by noted medievalist Tom Shippey on the literary scope and vision of these timeless poems and Williamson's own introductions to the individual works and his essay on translating Old English poetry, the texts transport us back to the medieval scriptorium or ancient mead-hall, to share a herdsman's recounting of the story of the world's creation or a people's sorrow at the death of a beloved king, to be present at the clash of battle or to puzzle over the sacred and profane answers to riddles posed over a thousand years ago. This is poetry as stunning in its vitality as it is true to its sources. Were Williamson's idiom not so modern, we might think that the Anglo-Saxon poets had taken up the lyre again and begun to sing once more" -- From the publisher
Film and fiction : reviewing the Middle Ages( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The middle ages provide the material for mass-market films, for historical and fantasy fiction, for political propaganda and claims of legitimacy, and these in their turn exert a force well outside academia. The phenomenon is too important to be left unscrutinised: these essays show the continuing power and applicability of medieval images - and also, it must be said, their dangerousness and often their falsity. Of the ten essays in this volume, several examine modern movies, including the highly-successful "A Knight's Tale" (Chaucer as a PR agent) and the much-derided "First Knight" (the Round Table fights the Gulf War). Others deal with the appropriation of history and literature by a variety of interested parties: King Alfred press-ganged for the Royal Navy and the burghers of Winchester in 1901, William Langland discovered as a prophet of future Socialism, Chaucer at once venerated and tidied into New England respectability. Vikings, Normans and Saxons are claimed as forebears and disowned as losers in works as complex as Rider Haggard's "Eric Brighteyes", at once neo-saga and anti-saga. Victorian melodrama provides the cliches of 'the bad baronet' who revives the droit de seigneur (but baronets are notoriously modern creations); and of the 'bony grasping hand' of the Catholic Church and its canon lawyers (an image spread in ways eerily reminiscent of the modern 'urban legend' in its Internet forms)
Fiction 2000 : cyberpunk and the future of narrative( Book )

10 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interdisciplinary in perspective, the essays consider the origins of cyberpunk, the appropriation of its conventions by the mass media, the literature's paradoxical retrogressive/iconoclastic nature, cyberpunk's affinities to and deviations from both traditional science fiction and postmodernist literature, the parameters and components of the cyberpunk canon, and the movement's future course. Some essays are theoretical, but all are grounded in works familiar to serious science-fiction readers: "Neuromancer", "Frontera", "Deserted Cities of the Heart", "Islands in the Net", "Great Sky River", the "Mirrorshades" anthology, and others; cyberpunk TV and cinema like the Max Headroom programmes, "Blade Runner", and "Tron"; and precursory literature, including "Frankenstein", "Le Roman de l'avenir", "Ralph 124C 41 +" and "A Clockwork Orange."
Fictional space : essays on contemporary science fiction( Book )

10 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fictional Space consists of eight essays by British and American critics on science fiction. The contributors have written especially on the most recent science fiction, taking account of the field's resurgence since what seemed a 'played-out' period in the 1970s. Fictional Space analyses the development of the postmodern science fiction in 'cyberpunk' and other forms; the treatment of political 'taboo areas' such as the Vietnam War and the decline of American hegemony; altered attitudes to 'text', seen in different essays and different images as decayed and abandoned, or as transmuted by technology into newly eternal formats. Among the questions asked are, why is science fiction so different to read, and why do so many sophisticated readers refuse to read it? Can science fiction exist without relevance or 'referentiality' to the society that produces it? Can it be related in normal literary ways to the real-life experiences or frustrations of its authors? -- from back cover
Poets and prophets : essays in medieval studies by Geoffrey Shepherd( Book )

7 editions published in 1990 in English and Italian and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The shadow-walkers : Jacob Grimm's mythology of the monstrous by International Congress on Medieval Studies( Book )

9 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elves and dwarves, trolls and giants, talking dragons, valkyries and werewolves: all these are familiar in modern movies and commercial fantasy. But where did the concepts come from? Who invented them? Almost two centuries ago, Jacob Grimm assembled what was known about such creatures in his work on 'Teutonic Mythology', which brought together ancient texts such as Beowulf and the Elder Edda with the material found in Grimm's own famous collection of fairy-tales. This collection of essays now updates Grimm, adding much material not known in his time, and also challenges his monolithic interpretations, pointing out the diversity of cultural traditions as well as the continuity of ancient myth
Old English philology : studies in honour of R.D. Fulk by Leonard Neidorf( )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays bringing out the crucial importance of philology for understanding Old English texts
Appropriating the Middle Ages : scholarship, politics, fraud( Book )

7 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revisiting the poetic Edda : essays on Old Norse heroic legend by Paul Acker( Book )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 167 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bringing alive the dramatic poems of Old Norse heroic legend, this new collection offers accessible, ground-breaking and inspiring essays which introduce and analyse the exciting legends of the two doomed Helgis and their valkyrie lovers; the dragon-slayer Sigurðr; Brynhildr the implacable shield-maiden; tragic Guðrún and her children; Attila the Hun (from a Norse perspective!); and greedy King Fróði, whose name lives on in Tolkien's Frodo. The book provides a comprehensive introduction to the poems for students, taking a number of fresh, theoretically-sophisticated and productive approaches to the poetry and its characters. Contributors bring to bear insights generated by comparative study, speech act and feminist theory, queer theory and psychoanalytic theory (among others) to raise new, probing questions about the heroic poetry and its reception. Each essay is accompanied by up-to-date lists of further reading and a contextualisation of the poems or texts discussed in critical history. Drawing on the latest international studies of the poems in their manuscript context, and written by experts in their individual fields, engaging with the texts in their original language and context, but presented with full translations, this companion volume to The Poetic Edda: Essays on Old Norse Mythology (Routledge, 2002) is accessible to students and illuminating for experts. Essays also examine the afterlife of the heroic poems in Norse legendary saga, late medieval Icelandic poetry, the nineteenth-century operas of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, and the recently published (posthumous) poem by Tolkien, The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún."--
Medievalism in the modern world : essays in honour of Leslie J. Workman by Richard J Utz( Book )

10 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tolkien in the new century : essays in honor of Tom Shippey by John W Houghton( Book )

4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this collection, former students and colleagues honor Thomas Alan Shippey with 15 essays that reflect their mentor's research interests, methods of literary criticism and attention to Tolkien's shorter works. Also included are brief memoirs by Shippey's colleagues and friends in academia and fandom, and a bibliography of Shippey's work"--
Laughing shall I die : lives and deaths of the great Vikings by T. A Shippey( Book )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Viking literature is dominated by famous last stands, famous last words, death songs and defiant gestures, all laced with grim humour. Much of this mindset is alien to modern sentiment, and academics have accordingly shunned it. And yet, it is the same worldvew that has always powered the popular public image of the Vikings - with their berserkers, valkeyries and cults of Valhalla and Ragnarok - and has also been corroborated by archaeological discoveries. Was it this mindset that powered the sudden eruption of the Vikings onto the European scene? Was it a belief in heroic death that made them so lastingly successful against so many bellicose opponents? Weighing the evidence of sagas and poetry against the accounts of the Vikings' victims, Tom Shippey considers these questions as he plumbs the complexities of Viking psychology and recounts many of the great bravura scenes of Old Norse literature, including the Fall of the House of Skjoldunds, the clash between two great longships Ironbeard and Long Serpent, and the death of Thormod the skald."--
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J.R.R. Tolkien : author of the century
The road to Middle-EarthThe Oxford book of science fiction storiesThe Oxford book of fantasy storiesBeowulfMagill's guide to science fiction and fantasy literatureFilm and fiction : reviewing the Middle AgesFiction 2000 : cyberpunk and the future of narrativePoets and prophets : essays in medieval studies
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controlled identityHolm, John

Shippey, T.A.

Shippey, T. A. 1943-

Shippey, T. A. (Thomas Alan)

Shippey, Thomas A. 1943-

Shippey, Thomas Alan.

Shippey, Thomas Alan 1943-

Shippey, Tom.

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Shippey, Tom A. 1943-

Shippi, Tom A.

Shippi, Tom A., 1943-

Thomas Alan Shippey britischer Mediävist und Autor

Thomas Alan Shippey universitaire

Tom Shippey accademico britannico

Tom Shippey Brits auteur

Tom Shippey estudioso británico de la literatura medieval y de los géneros de la fantasía y la ciencia ficción modernas

Томас Алан Шиппи

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