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  • David S. Bratman
    Here s an article about a college English course strictly about Tolkien: http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2002/12/16/DD116648.DTL ... watch ... -
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 16, 2002
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      Here's an article about a college English course strictly about Tolkien:

      http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2002/12/16/DD116648.DTL

      Excerpts:

      >The [teachers] haven't seen "Fellowship of the Ring" and have no plans to
      watch
      >director Peter Jackson's interpretations of the classics. Students have been
      >all but forbidden from bringing up the films in class.
      >
      >"(The movie) came up in class once," said Tracey Gorin, a 22-year-old cinema
      >major. "Dinah said, 'We will discuss this now, and we will never speak of it
      >again.'"
      >
      >"We did not want to intentionally get ourselves in a situation where we had
      >to compare and contrast the text on one hand with whatever it did do or
      >didn't do (as a movie)," Tuma said.
      >
      >As English classes go, The Lord of the Rings as Epic isn't an easy "A." If
      >anything, the reading load is heavier than in the average upper-level three-
      >unit class. Students are graded based on a midterm exam, final paper, final
      >exam and class participation.
      >
      >Tuma and Hazell created their current class with the premise that "The Lord
      >of the Rings" is an epic work, not just another set of science-fiction or
      >fantasy books. The discussions often get specific, with topics such as the
      >role of women in the novels.

      - David Bratman
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