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University of Oxford Faculty of English

Oxford Tolkien Spring School

Date: 
21 March 2013 - 23 March 2013

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J. R. R. Tolkien is one of the best known authors of the twentieth century, and his books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have entertained and intrigued readers alike for decades, becoming some of the most popular books of all time. Many people will have read these novels, or seen the filmed adaptations, but have had little opportunity to take their interests further. To meet this need the Oxford Tolkien Spring School is being organised by the University of Oxford's English Faculty (where Tolkien taught for most of his career), aimed at those who have read some of Tolkien's fiction and wish to discover more. A series of introductory lectures by world-leading Tolkien scholars have been assembled, to take place in the English Faculty, University of Oxford, over the 21-23 March, 2013. Talks will cover Tolkien's life, his work as an academic, his mythology, the influences of medieval literature on his fiction, his languages, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and his other lesser known works. There will also be panel discussions looking at Tolkien's place in the literary canon. There will also be opportunities to see the sights of Oxford that were so important to Tolkien and his colleagues, as well as an introduction to some of the Tolkien collections at the University.

The School is open to members of the public, and is aimed particularly at those who have read some of Tolkien's fiction but are now seeking an introduction to his mythology, further areas of study, and a deeper critical appreciation. 

The school will run from the afternoon of the 21st March 2013 to the lunchtime of the 23rd March. Attendance fee for the whole event is £160, including refreshments; plus an optional banquet on the evening of the 22nd March at Balliol College for £40. To keep costs to a minimum delegates are asked to arrange their own accommodation.

Speakers will be encouraged to put together reading lists and follow-up exercises for students to do after each lecture on their own.

For all other queries contact: english.office@ell.ox.ac.uk please include in the subject line 'Tolkien Spring School'

Timetable

[For information on speakers see below]

Thursday 21st March

1.00-2.00 - Registration, tea/coffee

2.00-2.15 - Welcome

2.15-3.15 - 'Tolkien's Life', John Garth

3.15-3.45 - Tea/coffee

3.45-4.45 - 'Tolkien the Academic', Thomas Honegger

4.45-5.45 - 'Tolkien and Word-play', Edmund Weiner

Close

Informal Evening meet-up in 'The Eagle and Child' public house [frequented by the Inklings.]

 

Friday 22nd March

9.00 - Tea/coffee

9.15 - 10.15 -  'An Introduction to Tolkien's Mythology', Carl Phelpstead

10.15 - 11.15 - 'The Hobbit', Stuart Lee

11.15 –11.45 - Tea/Coffee

11.45 - 12.45 - 'The Lord of the Rings', Anna Caughey

12.45 - 2.00 - Lunch

2.00 - 3.00 - 'Medieval Influences on Tolkien’s Fiction (Old English)', Mark Atherton

3.00 - 3.15 - 'A Tour of Tolkien's Oxford', Maria Artamonova

3.15 - 3.30 - 'Tolkien's Manuscripts', Stuart Lee

[Both talks will be basic introductions with handouts. Delegates will then be able to tour Oxford seeing some of the major sites related to Tolkien, and also see a small exhibition of Tolkien's manuscripts specially displayed at the Bodleian Library for the day.]

Evening - Banquet, Balliol College

 

Saturday 23 March

9.30-10.30 - 'Tolkien’s Other Fiction', Maria Artamonova

10.30-10.45 - Tea/Coffee                    

10.45-11.45 - 'Tolkien’s Invented Languages', Elizabeth Solopova

11.45-1.00 - Concluding Round Table Discussion: Tolkien – The Author of the Century?

 

Speakers details

* John Garth - http://www.johngarth.co.uk/

* Thomas Honegger - http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Thomas_M._Honegger and http://www.anglistik.uni-jena.de/personen/thomas-honegger/

* Carl Phelpstead - http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/encap/contactsandpeople/profiles/phelpstead-carl.html or www.carlphelpstead.info

* Elizabeth Solopova - http://www.english.ox.ac.uk/about-faculty/faculty-members/research-centre-college-staff/solopova-dr-elizabeth

* Mark Atherton - http://www.english.ox.ac.uk/about-faculty/faculty-members/medieval/atherton-dr-mark

* Stuart Lee - http://www.english.ox.ac.uk/about-faculty/faculty-members/medieval/lee-dr-stuart

* Anna Caughey - http://www.english.ox.ac.uk/about-faculty/faculty-members/research-centre-college-staff/caughey-dr-anna

* Maria Artamonova - http://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/courses/details.php?id=Q200-109

* Edmund Weiner -  http://www.english.ox.ac.uk/about-faculty/faculty-members/research-centre-college-staff/weiner-mr-edmund