The Oxford Inklings Part 1

At the end of the 1920s, a close friendship had begun to develop between two Oxford dons, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, and this small nucleus would soon expand into a group whch became know as The Inklings and has since acquired almost legendary status. As the poet and scholar John Wain observed, ‘In a very dead period of Oxford’s history, Lewis and his friends provided a stir of life.’ The Inklings arguably gave rise to one canonical classic of English literature, Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ as well as other lesser works. Over the length of this class, we will examine Tolkien’s masterpiece as well as works by Lewis and Charles Williams. Fantasy and Faerie: The Uses of Enchantment and Moral Choice in C.S. Lewis’s ‘The Magician’s Nephew.’ Law and Grace in C.S. Lewis’s ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.’ Indiana Jones Comes to England: The Supernatural Novel and Charles Williams’s ‘War in Heaven.’ The World of J.R.R. Tolkien and Structure of ‘The Fellowship of the Ring.’ The books may be ordered through the registration form: Magician’s Nephew ($8); The Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe ($10), War in Heaven ($20), The Fellowship of the Ring ($15).


Feb 27 2024


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm




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