Terms in Use

Eucatastrophe:  a term coined by J.R.R Tolkien from Greek ευ- “good” and καταστροφή “destruction”

I coined the word ‘eucatastrophe’: the sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy that brings tears (which I argued it is the highest function of fairy-stories to produce). And I was there led to the view that it produces its peculiar effect because it is a sudden glimpse of Truth, your whole nature chained in material cause and effect, the chain of death, feels a sudden relief as if a major limb out of joint had suddenly snapped back. It perceives – if the story has literary ‘truth’ on the second plane (….) – that this is indeed how things really do work in the Great World for which our nature is made.” — J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 89

Intertextuality: the complex interrelationship between a text and other texts taken as basic to the creation or interpretation of the text (Meriam-Webster.com)

Intertextuality: what books say to and about one another (me)


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