Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses


This Fall term, join veteran professors Dr. Corey Olsen and Dr. Amy H. Sturgis as they welcome Douglas Anderson to Mythgard Institute for his first full course.  The three world-class scholars will explore the subtle similarities and differences between Lewis & Tolkien, delve into the beginnings of the genre in Science Fiction, Part I and go on en epic journey into the Roots of the Mountain: Fantasy Before Tolkien.

Learn what you’ll love about each of the upcoming courses by reading summaries below or click through to get more information.


Lewis & Tolkien

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….

Compare and contrast Lewis & Tolkien

Science Fiction, Part I

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….

Strap in for Science Fiction, Part I

Roots of the Mountain: Fantasy Before Tolkien

When J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-55) were published, they were hailed as something entirely new. In one sense they were new, in their combination of methodologies and ingredients, but Tolkien had built his modern-styled novels upon a long tradition of the fantastic in literature than ranged from the Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey of classical times, on through Beowulf, the EddasSir Gawain and the Green KnightSir Orfeo and other romances of the Middle Ages….

Head to the Roots of the Mountain: Fantasy Before Tolkien


Questions about enrolling? Visit our Embark section to learn about taking the courses for M.A. credit or auditing – and get started on your application or registration today!