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English: Tolkien's Middle Earth

ENGS 040 OL1 (CRN: 60261)

3 Credit Hours

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About ENGS 040 OL1

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.


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Dates: June 19 - July 14, 2017

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Section Description

Tolkien's Middle-earth explores the product of Tolkien’s imagination.  Attention will be paid to major themes, images, and motifs of The Lord of the Rings. Students will read lectures based around much-discussed topics and post their own questions on the weekly readings. 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.

Section Expectation

Shippey, Tom.  The Road to Middle Earth Tolkien, J.R.R.   The Lord of the Rings ---.  Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien ---. Tolkien Reader Vaccaro, Chris. The Body in Tolkien’s Legendarium.


2 ten-page papers 40% Posting assignments/discussion participation 30% 2 five-page assignments (Movie, Art, Music: choose 2) 20% 1 Discussion Question (Emailed to professor) 10%




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