Welcome to SPACE, our adult continuing education program which offers interactive monthly courses for personal enrichment! Learn more here.

February 2024 Candidate
J.R.R. Tolkien famously 'found' his legendarium, translating and editing The Red Book of Westmarch for his twentieth century readers. This is not the first time an author has 'forged' a 'lost' literary history as James Macpherson's 'Ossian' documents from the 1760s started a craze for forgeries. Thomas Chatterton's Rowley and Turgot manuscripts similarly fed off the Ossian controversy while questioning what it really meant to 'forge' a document.

The module is structured as follows:
• Class 1: ‘Reclaiming’ ‘Lost’ and ‘Found’ British Myths and History (60m)
• Class 2: The Growth of Romantic Nationalism (60m)
• Class 3: The Book of Lost Tales: A ‘Mythology for England?’ (90m)
• Class 4: Oral Tradition: Immortality and the Elves (60m)
• Class 5: Oral Tradition: Youthful Cultures (60m)
• Class 6: Textual Traditions: Mortal Anxiety (60m)
• Class 7: Textual Traditions: Tangible History (90m)

Required Texts

There is no pre-reading required for this module and no secondary material required. All extracts from texts used throughout this Tolkien and the Romantics' module will appear on the presentations and class workbooks.
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Days and Times

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays at 1:00 PM Eastern for seven sessions, usually 1-hour, on February 1, 6, 8 (90 minutes), 13, 15, 20, 22 (90 minutes)

If you have any questions about the SPACE program, please reach out to [email protected].