The Inklings: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and their Circle
Department of English and Communications
The course explores the patterns of influence, inspiration and friendship that characterized the Inklings, the Oxford literary group that produced some of the most popular and original literature of the 20th century. Students and the course instructor agree to conduct the course as a literary society much like the Inklings. Thus every meeting begins with tea, followed by a report on one of the Inklings and an oral interpretation of a poem or a passage from the assigned reading for the day. The high point is the reading of an original student paper on one of the works under consideration. The readings and the paper constitute the basis for the group discussion.
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