Courses

Sherlock, Science and Ratiocination

This course focuses on Edgar Allan Poe and Conan Doyle and how their works blended scientific method, mystery, and imagination to create the modern literature of detection.

Introduction to the Gothic Language

This course will introduce students to the basics of the Gothic language and grammar and set the language within its historical and literary context.

The Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien

John Garth delves into theories concerning geography, nationhood, and the environment to explore Tolkien’s primary and fictional worlds.

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.

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.

The Story of the Hobbit

This course examines the life of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, including several important precursors of the book, works that helped establish the genre in which Tolkien was writing, and which influenced Tolkien’s own thinking.

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.

Beyond Middle-earth

Join Corey Olsen and Tom Shippey for an in-depth look at the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Roots of the Mountain

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

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.