fall 2014

Lewis & Tolkien (Fall 2014)

C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien are two of the pillars of modern fantasy, and their friendship is well known.  Despite the fact that the two authors are so frequently associated with each other, however, their works are rarely examined closely together. In this class, we will engage in a careful comparison of Lewis’s and Tolkien’s fiction, paying close attention to those moments when they are both exploring similar ideas or undertaking comparable literary enterprises.  What do these two authors really share in common, and where do their primary differences lie?

Taught By

Professor Corey Olsen



Course Schedule

The Making of Myth (Fall 2014)

Book List

Of Other Worlds - C.S. Lewis

The Tolkien Reader - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis

The Magician's Nephew -  C.S. Lewis

The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Last Battle - C.S. Lewis

Perelandra - C.S. Lewis

Till We Have Faces - C.S. Lewis

The Lost Road and Other Writings - J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien

The Voyage of The Dawn Treader - C.S. Lewis

Smith of Wooton Major & Farmer Giles of Ham - J.R.R. Tolkien

Sauron Defeated - J.R.R. Tolkien



An Experiment in Criticism - C.S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia (boxed set) - C.S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia (audiobooks) - C.S. Lewis

Price: $95.00
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Science Fiction, Part I (Fall 2014)

What does it mean to be human? Are we alone? What wonders or terrors will tomorrow hold? Join award-winning scholar Dr. Amy H. Sturgis as she explores the ways in which the literature of science fiction over time has asked the question: “What if?” This course will consider the development of the genre from “proto-SF” writings through the Golden Age, with an eye toward how the great works and movements within science fiction both reflect the concerns and attitudes of their time and imagine beyond them. Discover why author Ray Bradbury called science fiction “the most important literature in the history of the world.”

Taught By

Professor Amy H. Sturgis


Course Schedule

Science Fiction, Part I (Fall 2014)

Book List

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One: 1929-1964: The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of All Time - edited by Robert Silverberg
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Two A: The Greatest Science Fiction Novellas of All Time - edited by Ben Bova
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley*
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne
We - Yevgeny Zamyatin*
The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury*
A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Dune - Frank Herbert
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress - Robert Heinlein

* linked title is strongly suggested edition

Price: $95.00
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