Fantasy literature often connotes a certain image of childish imaginings and fanciful content. But such preconceptions are quickly changing. With the spread of Science Fiction and Fantasy writings into mainstream culture, it becomes all the more imperative, and rewarding, to study these texts with a keener eye. This is a class on J.R.R. Tolkien’s most comprehensive, and perhaps greatest work, The Silmarillion. Published posthumously by his son Christopher, Tolkien’s recount of the history of the Elves provides a wealth of both entertaining literature and worthwhile food for thought. We will delve into the roots of the myths and stories that Tolkien utilizes within this collection of tales and, ideally, come to a better appreciation of not only this monumental work, but others as well, both ancient and modern alike.
Course requirements include: purchasing The Silmarillion (any edition will suffice), a very manageable amount of weekly reading (approximately thirty pages), and two small essays (each between two and three pages). Two unexcused absences will be permitted.
|Section 1||William Kingsland||35||104 Wheeler||[Tu] 5:00PM-6:00PM||01/16/2018||