16431Documenting Tolkien university classes
- Mar 16, 2006Hi, folks,
I've been developing a new Tolkien research site and one of the
sections is a link list to university/college sites that teach Tolkien
courses or courses where Tolkien is required reading or a topic of
I have found many classes that have not yet been added to the list
because I need to review the syllabi and course descriptions and make
sure they say something substantive about how the classes cover
Nonetheless, this is an ongoing project and it will take a lot of time
for me to compile a good list of resources.
If anyone here knows of a course being taught on Tolkien (or on a
subject where Tolkien's work is a substantial part of the course
work), please drop me a line offlist. I don't mind browsing the
Mythsoc list for suggestions in the least, but I suspect this type of
request is best handled offlist.
The classes need to be from universities and colleges. My list so far
only includes U.S. institutions but I welcome non-U.S. listings. I'll
eventually add them anyway.
The classes can be for credit or in continuing education.
1-time seminars are not being included unless there is an indication
that the topic has been or will be re-scheduled. So, any Special
Studies courses where Tolkien was obviously done only once won't be
acceptable. But any special studies or seminar courses where Tolkien
(oor the Inklings) is a regular or semi-regular topic are acceptable.
I need URLs to course descriptions. Class syllabi are okay, provided
they indicate who teaches the class and whether it may be offered more
The classes can be in any discipline. I have so far found classes in
Classical Studies, Religious Studies, Medieval Studies, Modern
Literature, etc. I accepted one class that focused on Tolkien and
Film (specifically comparing Tolkien's work to the movies) even though
I'm not sure it will be offered again.
What is most important is that the course descriptions/syllabi include
at least some references for required reading. There should also be
an indication of who is teaching the course.
At this time, I am NOT looking for high school-level classes, although
I'll give that some consideration further on down the road.
Thanks in advance.
Author of Understanding Middle-earth, Parma Endorion, and Visualizing
"Cuando Maria canta, ella canta para mí"
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