Summer 2014 Courses

Summer 2014 Courses

This summer, join returning professors Dr. Amy H. Sturgis and Dr. Corey Olsen as they welcome Dr. Robin Anne Reid and her new course to Mythgard Institute.  Through their three courses, these all star lecturers will uncover the Harry Potter phenomenon, meet even more of Geoffrey Chaucer’s characters and delve deeply into the impact of The Lord of the Rings.

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


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

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….

Head to Hogwarts with Taking Harry Seriously

Chaucer II: The Canterbury Tales

In this class we will study of the great classics of English literature: Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.  In the Tales, we see Chaucer at the height of his poetic abilities, mixing sensitive characterization and stunning complexity of storytelling with his inimitable wit and good humor.   In our reading of the Canterbury Tales, we will look carefully at the intimate relationship between Chaucer’s stories and their narrative frame, between the tales and their tellers….

Joyne the Throng in Chaucer II: The Canterbury Tales

The Lord of the Rings: A Cultural Studies and Audience Reception Approach

During the summer of 2014, this class will investigate the extent to which this initially obscure, lengthy, and extremely complicated fictional work rooted in early medieval European mythology became so firmly entrenched in modern American and European cultures.  We will consider how, from 1965 to the present, The Lord of the Rings has been engaged in complex ways with the development and circulation of modern discourses….

Dig deeper into The Lord of the Rings


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!