Courses

The Life and Times of the English Epic

In this course, students will study the evolution of the English Epic over time.

Literary Copernicus: The Cosmic Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft

This course explores the work of H.P. Lovecraft and his impact on literature and popular culture. Students will study the foundations of Lovecraft’s writing, the meaning behind his works, along with his cosmic vision and legacy.

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.

Science Fiction, Part II

Join award-winning scholar Dr. Amy H. Sturgis as she explores the ways in which the literature of science fiction over time has asked the question: “What if?”

Science Fiction, Part I

Join award-winning scholar Dr. Amy H. Sturgis as she explores the ways in which the literature of science fiction over time has asked the question: “What if?”

Roots of the Mountain

This course studies Tolkien’s works in relation to the fantasy literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Philology Through Tolkien

This course uses the life and works of Tolkien as an introduction to the discipline of comparative philology and to highlight the many links between this field and his creative writings. The course offers an introductory overview of several Germanic languages and their literatures, such as Gothic, Old and Middle English, and Old Norse, and covers select topics in Germanic comparative grammar.

Norse Myths and Sagas

This course provides an introduction to the myths and sagas of medieval Scandinavia.

Mythologies of Love and Sex

This course explores some of the great mythologies of love that provide a background to today’s culture, sketched out along the twin paths of C.S. Lewis’ The Four Loves and a chronological development of the ideas of love.

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.