INSTRUCTOR: Adam Gorelick

SECTION: Summer A (Fully-Online)- RVOA


Course Description

This course explores the theory and practice of imagination through the works of philologist and professor J.R.R. Tolkien. Famous for The Lord of the Rings and for the unprecedented depth of his fictional world-building, Tolkien's ideas and works offer valuable insight into philosophy, history, linguistics, myth, mysticism, sociology, ecology, and creativity. Students will read essays, poems, and stories by and about Tolkien, trace the origins of his invented world, and apply their own faculties of imagination to the realization of something that does not already exist.