Spring 2012 Courses

Taking Harry Seriously: The Artistry and Meanings of the Harry Potter Saga

Taught by Dr. Amy H. Sturgis and Travis Prinzi

In this course we will discuss the ancestors to the Harry Potter phenomenon, examine the specific works and traditions that inform the Harry Potter universe, study the Harry Potter texts in depth, and, perhaps most importantly, consider why the Harry Potter franchise has achieved unparalleled global popularity today. In the process, we will take both a theoretical and historical approach to popular culture in general and J.K. Rowling’s works in particular. Wizards, witches, squibs, and muggles are welcome as we get to the very heart of Harry Potter.

Hop onto platform 9¾ with Taking Harry Seriously

The Making of Myth: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien

Taught by Dr. Corey Olsen

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?

Breathe your lies through silver in The Making of Myth