Topics in Literature: Mythopoeic Ecology: J.R.R. Tolkien

Course Number: ENGL 165JT
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
Advisory Enrollment Information: May be repeated for credit providing letter designations are different.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 165AA-ZZ
Quarter: Summer B 2011
Day(s): MTWR
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:35 PM
Location: GIRV 1119

May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 28 units provided letter designations are different.

Journey through Middle Earth this summer!

In this reading-intensive course, we will discuss key works by J. R. R. Tolkien, primarily The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Rings, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King) and selections from the “feigned history” and mythology found in The Silmarillion. Other readings will include Tolkien’s essay “On Fairy-Stories,” short story “Leaf by Niggle,” and excerpts of poetry. This course is grounded in Tolkien’s concept of mythopoeia (myth-making) and ecocriticism (environmental literary criticism).

While the course assumes no previous Tolkien background, students with a particular interest in some aspect of Tolkien’s work are encouraged to meet with the instructor to work out a way to develop those interests in the course.

Required reading:

Please buy the Mariner editions:
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit. ISBN # 978-0618002214
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition ISBN # 978-0618640157
J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien, The Silmarillion ISBN # 978-0618126989
Handouts and additional materials will be available in class.

Recommended reading:

Matthew Dickerson and Jonathan Evans, Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien. ISBN # 978-0813129860

This elective course counts towards the Literature and Environment Specialization and Modern Literature and Critical Theory (COMMA) Specialization in the English major.

Once this course is full, you can sign up to the wait list at:

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