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Beyond Middle-earth (Summer 2013)
$95.00

Tolkien's Middle-earth legends dominated his creative life, from their birth in the early Silmarillion tales through their absorption of Bilbo Baggins’s diary and their culmination in the tale of the Great Ring. However, throughout his life, Tolkien wrote many small pieces of prose and verse that were not directly drawn into the great narrative of Middle-earth. Tolkien’s children’s books, his scholarship, his short stories, and his eclectic short poems combine to provide a unique glimpse into Tolkien’s thought and imaginative development over the course of fifty years. This summer, join Mythgard President Corey Olsen and the great Tolkien and Anglo-Saxon scholar Tom Shippey for an in-depth look at a J.R.R. Tolkien you might never have met before.

Taught By

Professor Corey Olsen
Professor Tom Shippey

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Beyond Middle-earth (Summer 2013)

Book List

The Tolkien Reader - J.R.R. Tolkien
Smith of Wooton Major & Farmer Giles of Ham - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Annotated Hobbit - edited by Douglas A. Anderson
Letters From Father Christmas - J.R.R. Tolkien
Roverandom - J.R.R. Tolkien
Beowulf - translated by Dirk Ringler
The Monsters and The Critics - J.R.R. Tolkien
Sir Gawain and The Green KnightPearl and Sir Orfeo - J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Dystopian Tradition (Summer 2013)
$95.00

Over the years, thinkers have used dystopias — stories of worlds gone wrong, of worst-case scenarios – to warn their contemporaries about what they viewed as dangerous trends in society and challenge their readers to make the world better. This class will consider a variety of historical and current “what if?” thought experiments, including classics such as 1984 and current bestsellers such as The Hunger Games. Students will explore the specific conditions that inspired these dystopias, the general warnings inherent in them, and the broad trends in dystopias over time.

Taught By

Professor Amy H. Sturgis

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The Dystopian Tradition (Summer 2013)

Book List

The Complete Metropolis (DVD)
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
1984 - George Orwell
The Space Merchants - Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth
Level 7 - Mordecai Roshwald
Where Late The Sweet Birds Sang - Kate Wilhelm
Blade Runner (The Director’s Cut) (DVD)
The Gate to Women’s Country - Sheri S. Tepper
Parable of the Sower - Octavia Butler
Feed - M.T. Anderson
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games Trilogy (optional boxed set)

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