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392-001 Special Topics in Literature: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Inklings

392-001 Special Topics in Literature: C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, and the Inklings
Instructor: Duke Pesta
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During the 1930s and 40s, a remarkable collection of scholars, writers, poets, and raconteurs met at the Eagle and Child pub in Oxford to drink ale, share ideas, read each others' original manuscripts, and satirize the times. Besides luminaries like Lewis and Tolkien, the group included men of letters like Owen Barfield, Hugo Dyson, and Charles Williams. Dubbed the "Inklings," these men practically invented the genre of modern fantasy literature. Out of this literary fraternity arose such works as Williams's All Hallows' Eve, Lewis's Out of the Silent Planet, and Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings—all among the books we will read in class.

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