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by Timothy Morton
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The Romantic period witnessed the birth of major new forms of writing and thinking that are still relevant today. The social transition from an age of commerce and colonialism to an era of industry and imperialism radically changed the entire surface of the world.

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by Corey Olsen
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Join Corey Olsen, the Tolkien Professor, on a four-week, eight-class journey through The Two Towers. In our discussions, we work our way through the book a few chapters at a time, paying special attention to the mythic elements in Tolkien’s story. The class is open to everyone, and recordings will be posted afterwards.

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by John McNamara
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Works by major British authors representative of medieval, Renaissance, and neoclassical periods.

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by Corey Olsen
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In this class, we will read carefully through The Fellowship of the Ring. We will discuss Tolkien’s elaborate framing of the story and look at the growth and development of the story from its first chapter through the increased seriousness and darkness of the story that follows.

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by Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria
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The course facilitates a close reading of Don Quixote in the artistic and historical context of renaissance and baroque Spain. Students are also expected to read four of Cervantes' Exemplary Stories, Cervantes' Don Quixote: A Casebook, and J.H. Elliott's Imperial Spain.

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by Corey Olsen
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In 1937, J.R.R. Tolkien published The Hobbit, his first major work to see print. Many of you probably read this book as a child, or even listened while a parent read it to you, as Tolkien read it to his own children.

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by Corey Olsen
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Corey Olsen, The Tolkien Professor, is about to begin a two-month study of The Return of the King, and you are invited to participate!  We will discuss the book in eight sessions, once per week, spending three sessions each in Books V and VI, and then two sessions on the Appendices.

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by John McNamara
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Works by major British authors representative of the romantic, Victorian, and modern periods.

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by Sos Eltis
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New lecture series on Oscar Wilde, his life, his works and his philosophy delivered by Dr Sos Eltis, lecturer in English.

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by Irving Rothman
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Dryden, Pope, Swift, Johnson, and Blake; the poetic genres; the rise of journalism and the novel; biography and drama; historical and philosophical background.

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