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ENG 380 J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: The Inklings and their Medieval and Early Modern Inheritance: Home
This course moves from source to scholarship to creative work for each of these aforementioned authors.
This link will take you to the list of films available on for immediate viewing on Swank and of books that are on reserve for this class in the HUB at TAC (Thornton Room 160) Each book may be checked out for 24 hours.
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Spenser Online, the home of Edmund Spenser studies on the Internet, brings together resources to support the reading, discussion, and enjoyment of Spenser’s works for scholars and students as well as the casual passer-by.
PR 1-9680 - English Literature PR 1803-2165 - Early English. Middle English PR 6000-6049 - 1900-1960 PR 6050-6076 - 1961-2000 PR 6100-6126- 2001 - PR 6039 .O32 - Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973.
823.91 L673 - Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963. Chronicles of Narnia. [Many C.S.Lewis books are in the religion section]
This volume offers essays on a variety of aspects of the inter-related topics of "hiddenness" and "discovery": literary, biographical, philosophical, and source study. The Inklings that are examined in this anthology are C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Owen Barfield, with two of their literary predecessors and influences that are included under the term "Inklings" in this anthology: G. K. Chesterton and George MacDonald.
Source criticism--analysis of a writer's source material--has emerged as one of the most popular approaches in exploring the work of J.R.R. Tolkien. Since Tolkien drew from many disparate sources, an understanding of these sources, as well as how and why he incorporated them, can enhance readers' appreciation. This set of new essays by leading Tolkien scholars describes the theory and methodology for proper source criticism and provides practical demonstrations of the approach.
C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the other members of the Inklings met each week to read and discuss each other's work-in-progress, offering both encouragement and blistering critique. How did these conversations shape the books they were writing? How does creative collaboration enhance individual talent? And what can we learn from their example? Beautifully illustrated by James A. Owen, Bandersnatch offers an inside look at the Inklings of Oxford--and a seat at their table at The Eagle and Child pub. It shows how encouragement and criticism made all the difference in The Lord of the Rings, the Chronicles of Narnia, and dozens of other books written by the members of this literary circle.
In C. S. Lewis and the Middle Ages, medievalist Robert Boenig explores Lewis's personal and professional engagement with medieval literature and culture and argues convincingly that medieval modes of creativity had a profound impact on Lewis's imaginative fiction.
Representing a decade of scholarly activity within the C. S. Lewis & Inklings Society (CSLIS), this book challenges readers to examine the complex factors that shaped the theological perspectives, cultural concerns, and literary conventions in the works of the Oxford Inklings. The mythopoeic fiction that Lewis, Tolkien, Williams, and their associates enjoyed and composed put mortal humanity in contact with the immortal and the divine.
Beowulf survives in a single medieval manuscript, housed at the British Library in London. The manuscript bears no date, and so its age has to be calculated by analysing the scribes’ handwriting. Some scholars have suggested that the manuscript was made at the end of the 10th century, others in the early decades of the eleventh, perhaps as late as the reign of King Cnut, who ruled England from 1016 until 1035.
The most likely time for Beowulf to have been copied is the early 11th century, which makes the manuscript approximately 1,000 years old. Apart from Beowulf, the manuscript contains several other medieval texts. Beowulf is the penultimate item in this collection, the whole of which was copied by two Anglo-Saxon scribes, working in collaboration.
Additional information can be found on the British Library web site: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/englit/beowulf/ .