Spring 2016 Courses

Spring 2016 Courses at Signum University

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Language Invention Through Tolkien: Exploring A Shared “Secret Vice”

Dr. Andrew Higgins, with guest lectures by Dr. Dimitra Fimi & Carl Hostetter

Have you ever wondered exactly where the phrase that Frodo uses to greet Gildor Inglorion in The Fellowship of the Ring actually comes from? Have Appendices E and F of The Lord of the Rings eluded you? Have you ever wanted to write in ‘Elvish’? – Well eglerio! This course is for you! This course will explore language invention through the works of the greatest and most prolific inventor of language for fictional works and world building – J.R.R. Tolkien. In his lifelong work on his legendarium, Tolkien put language invention at the core of his mythology. Tolkien narrative and para-textual work is infused with his invented names for people, places and items, as well as the use of these invented languages in dialogue, prose and poetry. The interdependence of invented languages and mythological narrative permeates the entire legendarium Tolkien would work on for over sixty years and is a crucial and consistent element of his world-building.

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Modern Fantasy II

Dr. Corey Olsen

This class is both a return to and a continuation of the Mondern Fantasy course offered back in the summer of 2012. Once again we will survey a selection of fantasy works from the last few decades, examining several different approaches to fantasy subcreation. We will look at three examples of stories that examine and reinvent historical and mythic concepts within a fantasy subcreation (Daggerspell by Katharine Kerr, Hard Magic by Larry Correia, and Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher). Afterwards, we will turn to three more independent examples of fantasy world-building (The Belgariad by David Eddings, Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey, and The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss).

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Latin I

Dr. Philip Walsh

Elementary Latin I is a rigorous course that introduces students to the essential elements of the Latin language. This course focuses on the fundamentals of vocabulary, grammar, and reading for comprehension – that is to say, all of the tools necessary to develop a well-founded reading proficiency in Latin. This course will feature recorded lectures along with live participation and instruction from a preceptor.

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The above courses are offered by Signum University and are eligible for credit toward Signum’s MA in Language and Literature. Auditor registrations are also very welcome!