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ENGS 040 – Tolkien's Middle Earth

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Topics in Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature. Subjects vary by semester. Representative topics: Tolkien's Middle Earth; The Hobbit; Survey of Science Fiction and Fantasy. May be repeated for credit with different content.

Section Description: Tolkien's Middle-earth explores the product of Tolkien’s imagination. Attention will be paid to major themes, images, and motifs found in The Lord of the Rings and important lesser-known works. Students will leave the class with a greater respect for Tolkien’s sub-creative and philological process as well as a sense of his place within the larger context of post-WW I British literature. This semester, we will linger a bit longer on the subjects of horror and physicality in the novel. Course Texts Shippey, Tom. The Road to Middle Earth Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings ---. Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien ---. The Silmarillion ---. The Tolkien Reader

CRN: 13285

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 33/33

Days Time Location
MWF 12:00 - 12:50 LAFAYETTE HALL L102

Instructor(s): Chris Vaccaro

Meeting Dates: 13 Jan 2020 - 01 May 2020