The course has been designed and will be taught by Dr Dimitra Fimi (author of Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits, winner of the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies 2010).
The course will be taught entirely online and it is open to students and adult learners all over the world. Students will explore in detail the mythology, medieval inspirations, linguistic invention and cultural context of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy work.
All online students will also have access to UWIC’s electronic resources including:
• Electronic journals such as Tolkien Studies
• E-books such as the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia (ed. M. Drout) and Tolkien the Medievalist (ed. J. Chance)
• Selected digitised articles and chapters from the best of Tolkien scholarship
This course can be taken for credit (20 credits at Masters Level) or for pleasure – it’s up to you!
J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth and Middle-earth in Context
Course Length: 10 weeks
Entry Requirements: None
• To examine the work of J.R.R. Tolkien as one of the main authors of the fantasy literature genre
• To examine the creative uses of Tolkien’s sources in medieval and renaissance literature, myth and folklore, and Victorian and Edwardian literature
• To explore how Tolkien’s work responds to contemporary cultural changes and intellectual and social developments
• To explore major themes and continuities in Tolkien’s work
• To investigate recent critical and theoretical approaches to Tolkien’s work
• To re-evaluate Tolkien’s position in the literary canon
• To examine Tolkien’s influence in modern popular culture
Academic Credit: 20 credits at Masters Level
Course aimed at: Postgraduate students and adult learners interested in fantasy literature
Programme Leader: Dr Dimitra Fimi
Additional Information: This is an online course, delivered through UWIC's virtual learning environment.
Additional courses of interest: Fantasy Literature: Tales Before and After Tolkien
Enrolment and payment information can be found on the Tolkien and Fantasy home page.
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