of her research in the Department of Englishat Kongunadu Arts and Science College, Coimbatoreunder my supervision and guidance and the thesis has not formed the basis for the award of any Degree / Diploma / Associateship/ Fellowship or other similar title of any candidate of any university. Signature of the Guide Dr. R. Poongothai <402-670>
Language in IndiaISSN 1930-294014:1 January 2014Dr. Shobha Ramaswamy, M.A., B.Ed., DCE, M.Phil., Ph.D. Archetypes in Fantasy Fiction: A Study of J. R. R. Tolkien and J. K. Rowling v Preface Journeying along the road of fantasy fiction is an enlightening and elevating experience for a scholarly mind which hankers after the universals in literature. Deciding to take up research along these lines, my choice of authors fell on J.R.R. Tolkien, the architect of the modern fantasy novel, and on J. K. Rowling, its most widely-read practitioner. Tolkien’s vast multicultural canvas with its underpinnings of myth, legend and inherent tone of spirituality has an enormous appeal for me, belonging as I do to the Indian subcontinent which carries its own precious burden of myth, legend and history. What drew me to Rowling was the sheer readability of her books and the importance given to the perennial values of friendship, loyalty and fair play. I share her concerns with current issues such as racism and terrorism. Huge popularity not only raises author and book to legendary heights; it is often an indicator of the presence of myth and archetype; and study in this area is generally fruitful. It is on basis of this assumption that I, like Tolkien’s Frodo, leave the safe confines of the Shire of conventional literature to venture forth on the Road which leads to the brave new secondary world of fantasy. <402-670>
Language in IndiaISSN 1930-294014:1 January 2014Dr. Shobha Ramaswamy, M.A., B.Ed., DCE, M.Phil., Ph.D. Archetypes in Fantasy Fiction: A Study of J. R. R. Tolkien and J. K. Rowling vi Acknowledgements Before laying forth the results of my scholarly venture, I wish to express my gratitude to many. First of all, I thank the Lord Almighty and also my mother for their grace and blessings in enabling me to successfully complete my thesis. I owe an immense debt of gratitude to my guide, Dr. R. Poongothai, Associate Professor, Department of English, Kongunadu Arts and Science College, Coimbatore, for the amazing care, concern, kindness and invaluable guidance showered on me during the period of her supervision. Her human touch, wonderful energy and enthusiasm in addition to her extraordinary academic acumen and unparalleled research expertise have been a source of inspiration to me. I am deeply grateful to Dr. M. Aruchami, Secretary and Director, Kongunadu Arts and Science College, for the congenial atmosphere provided by the institution for undertaking research. I also respectfully acknowledge my gratitude to the Principal, Dr. A. A. Sivakumar, the Dean, Self-Finance, Dr. R. Dhanalakshmi and the Dean, Research and Development, Dr.