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Re: [mythsoc] On-line Lecture on Tolkien

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  • WendellWag@aol.com
    In a message dated 1/23/2004 6:55:19 PM Eastern Standard Time, ... This is a lecture by a professor at Wellesley who s a medieval English specialist. WGBH,
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 24, 2004
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      In a message dated 1/23/2004 6:55:19 PM Eastern Standard Time,
      lizmilner@... writes:

      > Escape to the Middle Ages: Why Tolkien? Why Now?
      > Kathryn Lynch, professor of english, Wellesley College
      >

      This is a lecture by a professor at Wellesley who's a medieval English
      specialist. WGBH, the Boston PBS station, and something called the Lowell Institute
      has compiled a library of lectures which are available online. They are
      delivered by Boston-area academics on a variety of subjects. It's obvious that
      Lynch is no Tolkien scholar (and she's honest enough to admit it). She's done
      her best to learn as much about Tolkien as she could quickly to give this
      lecture (and to supplement her medieval English courses), but there are a number of
      minor errors. The lecture is a passible introduction to Tolkien with a bunch
      of basically irrelevant references to the movies and some strained political
      analogies added. There's nothing I hugely object to, but there's nothing in
      this lecture that's remotely new to any of us who've been reading and studying
      Tolkien. I can't blame Lynch, who's doing the best she can with a subject
      that she's no expert on, but couldn't WGBH and the Lowell Institute have come up
      with a Tolkien expert in the Boston area? It's not that there are no
      academics doing Tolkien, because there certainly are.

      Wendell Wagner


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