- Here's an article about a college English course strictly about Tolkien:
>The [teachers] haven't seen "Fellowship of the Ring" and have no plans towatch
>director Peter Jackson's interpretations of the classics. Students have been- David Bratman
>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
>"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.