Courses

Lewis & Tolkien

C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien are two of the most widely read fantasy and science fiction authors in the modern era; however, their works are rarely studied together. Students will examine the friendship and work of Lewis and Tolkien in this course and their influence upon each other.

Introduction to Old Norse

The first half of this course provides a focus on Old Icelandic grammar, and the second half allows students to begin reading from a selection of Old Icelandic prose and poetic texts.

Shakespeare and the Middle Ages

The course examines Shakespeare’s Comedies in the context of their medieval literary sources, his Histories in light of Tudor views of the recent medieval past, and his Tragedies in the context of medieval beliefs and cosmologies.

Research Methods

This course will introduce students to MLA citation style, standard bibliographic and research practices, literary theories of the later 20th century, and possible scholarly directions in the 21st century.

Thesis Planning: Language & Literature

This is a one-semester, three-credit course that consists of reading, research, and assignments completed in one-on-one consultation with an adviser.

Students may register for this course only after their thesis topic is approved by the thesis coordinator.

The Potter Saga

In this course, students will discuss the ancestors to the Harry Potter phenomenon, while examining the works and traditions that inform the Harry Potter universe.

Master’s Thesis: Language & Literature

This is a one-semester, three-credit course during which students will write their thesis, the culminating project for an M.A. in Language & Literature. Prerequisite: LITZ6398: Thesis Research

Tolkien’s World of Middle-earth

In this course, students will read Tolkien’s critical essays, translations, and imaginative stories to explore how his world and his myth developed over time.

The Story of the Hobbit

Audit Options What were the literary precursors to The Hobbit? What inspired Tolkien to write The Hobbit? This course will examine the life of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.  We will examine several important precursors of the book, works that helped establish the genre in which Tolkien was writing, or which influenced Tolkien’s own thinking.  We will then read […]

Sherlock, Science and Ratiocination

Audit Options “Tales of ratiocination,” as Edgar Allan Poe called them, are the intellectual sibling of science fiction, born of the same parents: the Scientific Revolution and the Industrial Revolution. Poe created the first scientific detective, C. Auguste Dupin, who in turn paved the way for one of the most enduring and beloved literary characters of all time, […]

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