James Lucas Baugher Shelton

Research title

“Small Hands Do Them Because They Must:” Examining the Reception of The Lord of the Rings Among Children and Adolescents

Research summary

My current PhD research investigates how young readers interpret J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The purpose of this PhD research is to: (1) examine young reader’s perceptions and experience of reading The Lord of the Rings; and (2) evaluate the similarities and differences between children’s interpretations and the interpretations shown in Tolkien scholarship.

https://luke-shelton.com/phd-research/


Publications

  • “Éomer Gets Poetic: Tolkien’s Alliterative Versecraft,” Journal of Tolkien Research, vol. 5, no. 1, Article 6. https://scholar.valpo.edu/journaloftolkienresearch/vol5/iss1/6

Grants

Grants & Awards

  • ETSU’s Allen Award for Outstanding Graduate Student, 2017
  • Distinction in nineteenth century Russian Literature on graduate examination, 2017
  • Distinction in eighteenth century British Literature on graduate examination, 2017
  • ETSU Graduate Assistantship, 2015 and 2016
  • Phi Kappa Phi, inducted March 2016
  • Sigma Tau Delta, inducted November 2015

Conferences

  • “Tolkien’s Young Readers: Breaking Boundaries by Reading.” Baymoot, Oakland, CA, 2018.
  • “Young Readers’ Receptions of Tolkien: An Interactive Session of Survey and Interview.” Mythcon 49, Atlanta, GA, 2018.
  • “The Reception of Tolkien by Young Readers.” Mythmoot IV, Leesburg, VA, 2018.
  • “Éomer Gets Poetic: Tolkien’s Alliterative Versecraft.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 2018.
  • “Tolkien’s Alliterative Revival.” Appalachian Pre-modernists, Johnson City, TN, 2018.
  • “Grendel and the Celtic Feral Child Motif.” Southeastern Medieval Association, Charleston, SC, 2017.
  • “Religion: A Gothic Institution with Anti-Gothic Tendencies.” Southern Appalachian Student Conference on Literature, Johnson City, TN, 2017.
  • “I Want a Child: The Parallel Streams of Trauma in The Return of the Soldier.” Tennessee Philological Association Annual Conference, Johnson City, TN, 2017.
  • “Impact of Modern Analysis on Beowulf via Celtic Folktales.” Appalachian Pre-modernists, Johnson City, TN, 2017.
  • “Strange Women Lying in Ponds: Echoes of the Water-Hag Trope in The Lady of The Lake and Grendel's Mother.” Southeastern Medieval Association, Knoxville, TN, 2016.
  • "Tolkien's Beowulf: A Translation and a Commentary as a Teaching Text." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 2016.
  • "Crime and Anima: A Jungian Approach to Sófya in Dostoevsky's Psychological Novel."Southern Appalachian Student Conference on Literature, Johnson City, TN, 2016.
  • "'Sle us both at ones er ye wende:' A Tripartite Psychoanalytical Approach to Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde." Tennessee Philological Association Annual Conference, Clarksville, TN, 2016.
  • “Pippin Through the Eyes of a Reference Writer: Examining the Portrayal of a The Lord of the Rings Character Within Crowd-Sourced Reference Websites.” Methods of Research Graduate Student Conference for East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, 2015.

Teaching

East Tennessee State University

  •             English Literature Singe 1785 (2019)

Composition 1020 (2016-2019)

  •             Composition 1010 (2016-2017)

Northeast State Community College

  •             Composition 1010 (2017)

Additional information

Affiliations

  • Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies - 2015- Present, Assistant to the Technical Editor
  • Vice-President and Social Media Officer,Tales After Tolkien Society
  • Member, MERCSTAPA
  • Member, Tolkien at Kalamazoo
  • Founding Member, Appalachian Pre-modernists
  • Member, The Tolkien Society
  • Member, The Mythopoeic Society