Courses

Beyond Middle-earth

Audit Options What do we learn about Tolkien’s imagination through his short stories? Through his poems? Through his scholarship? Through his books for children? Tolkien’s Middle-earth legends dominated his creative life, from their birth in the early Silmarillion tales through their absorption of Bilbo Baggins’s diary and their culmination in the tale of the Great Ring. […]

Tolkien in Context

Audit Options In 2000, Dr. Tom Shippey highlighted J.R.R. Tolkien’s contribution to literature, identifying him as the “Author of the Century.” Shippey makes a compelling case for the quality of Tolkien’s writing, arguing that this “rests not on mere charm or strangeness…but on a deeply serious response to what will be seen in the end as […]

Elementary Latin I

Elementary Latin I is an intensive course designed to introduce you to the basic elements of the Latin language.

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.

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

Introduction to Anglo-Saxon

Audit Options Old English (Anglo-Saxon) is the earliest recorded stage of English, spoken in Britain during the early Middle Ages. A wealth of literature and poetry is written in the language, including justly famous works such as The Battle of Maldon, The Wanderer, and above all Beowulf. Old English is also the starting point for the study of […]

Celtic Myth in Children’s Literature

Audit Options What does the term Celtic mean? How does the Arthur tradition relate to Celtic mythology? How has Celtic mythology been used in modern children’s literature? The medieval literature of Ireland and Wales is thought to have saved for posterity the vestiges of what would have been ancient ‘Celtic’ mythology. Tales of heroes, otherworld […]

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.

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.

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.

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