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HIST 2226 Tolkien and Medieval History (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This class exams historical themes from the Middle Ages derived from Professor JRR Tolkien's academic and literary works. This is not a course specifically on Tolkien's novels, but rather an exploration of the medieval past that inspired him, and how he adapted that past to a modern audience. Themes will include medieval warfare and Tolkien's experience of WWI, medieval women and gendered history, and the medieval "other" and Tolkien's racism. Students are expected to have read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings before classes begin.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Christopher Riedel

Prerequisites: Any two semesters of HS 001 through HS 094

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13