spring 2012

The Making of Myth (Spring 2012)

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

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The Making of Myth (Spring 2012)

Book List

The Company They Keep - Diana Pavlac Glyer
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

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