Courses

Celtic Myth in Children’s Fantasy

This course examines contemporary fantasy works whose authors have adapted, revised and re-imagined the medieval mythological texts of Ireland and Wales.

Tolkien’s Wars and Middle-earth

This course explores the life of J.R.R. Tolkien and the impact his experiences had on his work, with a particular focus on the World War I and World War II time periods.

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.

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

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 a Director.

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

The Meaning of Star Wars

This course explores Star Wars from its inception through its many reinventions and innovations to find its true meaning(s).

Lewis & Tolkien

In this course, students will examine the friendship and works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, and their influence upon each other.

Modern Fantasy II

This course explores fantasy literature written over the past 60 years with an examination of the works of six modern fantasy authors.

Classical Myths and Legends

This course puts the myths and legends of the Classical world in their wider cultural and historical contexts.

Introduction to Germanic Philology II

This class provides an introduction to Germanic comparative philology in a broad sense. Students are not expected to have prior familiarity with any language other than modern English.