Rice University offers Continuing Ed. Tolkien class
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Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien are invited to take a continuing education
course taught by Tolkien scholar Dr. Jane Chance.
"Behind the Film: The Mythology of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth" is
an evening class being offered at Houston's Rice University this
Fall. The class will be taught by noted medievalist and Tolkien
scholar Dr. Jane Chance. The class runs from September 24 through
November 5. There will be sessions over six Tuesdays plus one
Wednesday (October 2). Hours are 7:30 to 9:00 PM.
The course fee is $125 per registration with a discount price of $115
for multiple registrations. Fees should be confirmed with the
Dr. Chance, who is Professor of English and Medieval Studies, will
cover topics such as "Ethnic diversity and Imperial Arrogance: J.R.R.
Tolkien and Postcolonial Issues", "A chance meeting, as we say in
Middle-earth", and others.
A full course description is available at the Rice University Web
"The box office and Academy Award success of Peter Jackson's
$400-million film, The Fellowship of the Ring, and the prospect
of a new movie this year has sparked renewed interest in J.R.R.
Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. In his epic mythology of
Middle-earth, Tolkien populates an entire world with many
different races speaking at least 14 invented languages. But
what is behind Tolkien's characters and popular stories? This
course will present different approaches to Tolkien's
mythology--multicultural, theological, literary, medieval,
autobiographical, technological, and cinematic--to facilitate
an understanding of his complex cultural anthropology."