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November 2023 Modules

Advanced Old English Series: Readings in Prose
Continuing Series

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays at 7:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on October 30, November 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, (skip 23), 27
Welcome to the Readings in Prose page for the Advanced Old English Series in which students explore, in alternating months, a work of prose and then a work of poetry to introduce students to the breadth and depth of Old English texts available for study. Each month Dr. Swain surveys the group to see what they want to tackle next from month to month.
Precepted by Dr. Larry Swain

A Journey Through The Later Silmarillion, Part Two: The War of the Jewels (HoMe 11)
(Section 1)
Continuing Series  Hybrid

Webinars with James K. Tauber and John Garth Meeting Mondays at 10:00 PM Eastern on October 30, November 6, November 13, and November 20th.
Section 1 Discussion Group with Patrick Lyon Meeting Thursdays at 10:00 PM Eastern for four 1-hour sessions on November 2, 9, 16, 21 (Tuesday)
Christopher Tolkien’s twelve volumes on the History of Middle-earth give unparalleled insight into the development of J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium. They contain early drafts of familiar texts, different conceptualizations of well-known stories, and in some cases completely new material.

This module is part of a series of modules covering all twelve volumes of The History of Middle-earth. This particular module will provide an overview of the second book in The Later Silmarillion, The War of the Jewels (Volume Eleven of The History of the Middle-earth), as well as readings from and discussion of highlights in that volume. It will include a guest appearance from Tolkien scholar John Garth.

Whether you’ve read the History of Middle-earth before or not, the hope is that these modules will make the volumes more accessible and will enhance your appreciation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. There is no requirement that you do every single module in the series as each will be largely standalone, although in later modules, references will be made to earlier volumes.
Precepted by Patrick Lyon (Section 1) and James Tauber (Lecturer)

A Journey Through The Later Silmarillion, Part Two: The War of the Jewels (HoMe 11)
(Section 2)
Continuing Series  Hybrid

Webinars with James K. Tauber and John Garth Meeting Mondays at 10:00 PM Eastern on October 30, November 6, November 13, and November 20th.
Section 2 Discussion Group with Sara Brown Meeting Thursdays at 11:00 AM Eastern for four 1-hour sessions on November 2, 9, 16, 23. The group is in discussion about whether the regular meeting time on the 23d will be used or shifted slightly.
Christopher Tolkien’s twelve volumes on the History of Middle-earth give unparalleled insight into the development of J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium. They contain early drafts of familiar texts, different conceptualizations of well-known stories, and in some cases completely new material.

This module is part of a series of modules covering all twelve volumes of The History of Middle-earth. This particular module will provide an overview of the second book in The Later Silmarillion, The War of the Jewels (Volume Eleven of The History of the Middle-earth), as well as readings from and discussion of highlights in that volume. It will include a guest appearance from Tolkien scholar John Garth.

Whether you’ve read the History of Middle-earth before or not, the hope is that these modules will make the volumes more accessible and will enhance your appreciation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. There is no requirement that you do every single module in the series as each will be largely standalone, although in later modules, references will be made to earlier volumes.
Precepted by Dr. Sara Brown (Section 2) and James Tauber (Lecturer)

A Journey Through The Later Silmarillion, Part Two: The War of the Jewels (HoMe 11)
(Section 3)
Continuing Series  Hybrid

Webinars with James K. Tauber and John Garth Meeting Mondays at 10:00 PM Eastern on October 30, November 6, November 13, and November 20th.
Section 3 Discussion Group with Sara Brown Meeting Thursdays at 3:00 PM Eastern for four 1-hour sessions on November 2, 9, 16, 23. The group is in discussion about whether the regular meeting time on the 23d will be used or shifted slightly.
Christopher Tolkien’s twelve volumes on the History of Middle-earth give unparalleled insight into the development of J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium. They contain early drafts of familiar texts, different conceptualizations of well-known stories, and in some cases completely new material.

This module is part of a series of modules covering all twelve volumes of The History of Middle-earth. This particular module will provide an overview of the second book in The Later Silmarillion, The War of the Jewels (Volume Eleven of The History of the Middle-earth), as well as readings from and discussion of highlights in that volume. It will include a guest appearance from Tolkien scholar John Garth.

Whether you’ve read the History of Middle-earth before or not, the hope is that these modules will make the volumes more accessible and will enhance your appreciation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. There is no requirement that you do every single module in the series as each will be largely standalone, although in later modules, references will be made to earlier volumes.
Precepted by Dr. Sara Brown (Section 3) and James Tauber (Lecturer)

Book Club: Dune Messiah

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays at 10:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on November 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, (skip 23), 27, 30.
By Shai-Hulud, let’s read Dune Messiah!

In this one-month module, we will read and discuss the second Dune novel, Dune Messiah. Paul Atreides has avenged his father and created a new interstellar empire—but at what cost?

Though considerably shorter, the follow-up to Dune is even more intricate and complex. We will explore themes like hero cults, history, politics and religious violence, as Paul’s vision leads him into a trap of his own making.

Whether you are a new or continuing student in our Dune book club, all are welcome to join this class. Connect with book lovers, compare to the adaptations, and share your insights.

Let the spice flow!
Precepted by Dr. Julian Barr

Book Club: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Two Towers (Part One)
Continuing Series Spotlight 

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays at 7:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on November 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27
Join Ms. Elise for a cozy, relaxed Book Club series, where participants come to our Club meetings with their own reflections and discussion questions about the text. YOU get to guide the magic! In this module, our readings will specifically focus on Book III of The Lord of the Rings. Bring a cozy blanket, a cup of tea, and enjoy!

Chrétien de Troyes: "Lancelot, Knight of the Cart" and "Erec & Enide"

Meeting Wednesdays & Fridays at 10:00 AM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on November 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, (skip 22, 24), 29, December 1
This course explores two works by Arthurian legend-maker, Chrétien de Troyes. In the first-ever tale of Sir Lancelot, "The Knight of the Cart," Chretien invents the hero who loves Queen Guinevere beyond all bounds of reason—so much that he will face deadly and (even worse) socially humiliating perils to prove his devotion. In the early work, "Erec and Enide," Chretien perhaps invents the tradition of Arthurian courtly romance itself. With Camelot as its background, the knight Erec and maiden Enide pass through a series of trials testing their bravery and love for each other. Told with a mixture of heroic panache, comic irony, and relish for entertaining detail, these foundational works of Arthurian romance show the genius of master story-teller of the high Middle Ages.
Precepted by Dr. Liam Daley

Creative Writing: One Month Story

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays at 8:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on November 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, (skip 23), 27, and 30
We will walk through a complete project from pre-writing through writing, revising, editing, (revising, revising, revising), proofreading, and talking about publication options. Are you interested in finally getting down that memoir of your childhood? making a storybook for your grands? turning that daydream into a novelette? This adventure is for you! Whether your story is a draft, an outline, or a daydream, your project is welcome here in a place where we are aiming to finish it!

Note: For more information about the Collaborative Feedback Method in SPACE, please check out our video here.
Precepted by Sparrow F. Alden

Discovering Terry Pratchett's Discworld: Which Witch is Which?

Meeting Mondays & Tuesdays at 11:00 AM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on November 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
Terry Pratchett's witches - Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick - are more than just a marvelous spoof of those in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'. In addition to their undoubted comedic value, they are also a voice for some of the major themes of the Discworld novels. Through readings of extracts from the relevant novels, as well as reference to some modern scholarship, we will examine the differences between witch magic and wizard magic; the role of witches in Discworld society; Pratchett's representations of gender; themes of power and authority, and the presentation of the minor witch characters. Access to the listed texts is desirable. Prior knowledge of at least the majority of the listed texts will be assumed.
Precepted by Dr. Sara Brown

Introduction to Binding Books by Hand
Spotlight 

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays at 9:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on November 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, (skip 23), 27, 30.
Do you love the physical object of a book just as much as the information it contains? Do you smell your books when you get home from the library or the bookstore? Do you like working with your hands to make things? Then this module is for you!

This class is an introduction to the materials, tools, and methods of making books by hand. Whether you're looking to make "junk journals" on a tight budget or want to rebind your favorite tome in leather, you'll find the information you need in this module!

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Course Outline:

• Class 1: Brief History of Book Binding and Tools Overview
• Class 2: Materials and Terms - The Anatomy of a Book
• Class 3: Text Block Assembly 1 - Glued Binding Options - Perfect Binding and Double Fan Binding
• Class 4: Text Block Assembly 2 - Sewn Binding Options - Kettle Stitch, Coptic Binding, and Japanese Stab Binding
• Class 5: Cover Assembly 1 - How To Make a Softcover - Paperback and Wrap Covers
• Class 6: Cover Assembly 2 - How To Make a Hardback - Classic/English Binding and Hollow Back Case Binding
• Class 7: Cover Decoration and Finishing - Traditional and Modern Methods
• Class 8: Overflow, Resources for Further Research, and Final Q & A
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Precepted by Praise Moyer

Introduction to Phonetics

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10:00 AM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on November 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, (skip 23), 28, 30.
Phonetics is the study of speech sounds (and, in the case of sign languages, how gestures reflect their own meaning). We will explore how sounds are made and heard. Our goal will be to understand the IPA, or International Phonetic Alphabet, how to listen to and write out English, as well as to explore the variety of sounds in the words languages. We will practice transcribing English, which, for many people, provides additional insight into how the language sounds and why language learning is challenging. This module can be taken by itself or as part of a larger Introductory Linguistics sequence of modules.
Precepted by Shawn Gaffney

Japanese for Advanced Beginners 4
Continuing Series

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays at 5:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on October 31, November (skip 2), 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, (skip 23), 28, 30
The fourth in a series of modules in which we continue to explore the beauty of the Japanese language and culture. We will read tales, learn more complex structures, widen general vocabulary, and we will also start reading and writing kanji. みなさん、これからも一緒に日本語を勉強したい!楽しみにしています!
Precepted by Pilar Barrera

Japanese: From Zero - 5
Continuing Series

Meeting Tuesdays & Fridays at 9:00 AM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on October 31, November 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, (skip 24), 28
This course is for those who have an interest in Japanese culture and wish to continue our study of Japanese. We will continue using Hiragana and Katakana and will cover basic grammatical structures. Through use of conversational Japanese, we will continue to explore how the language is used in anime, manga, and music.

Japanese is a language of great nuance and depth. This module will open the door to that world and build a foundation for greater insight into Japan's culture and its people.
Precepted by Sam Roche

Latin in a Year 10
Continuing Series

Meeting Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on October 31, November 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, (skip 23), 28
In the tenth month of Latin in a Year, students will continue to learn applications for the subjunctive mood, practice spotting and translating deponent verbs, and study the paradigms for some of the most common irregular Latin verbs. Students will continue to translate short sentences and longer passages throughout the month. This module will cover chapters 34-37 in Wheelock’s Latin.



This module covers chapters 34-37 of Wheelock’s Latin::
- 34: Deponent Verbs; Ablative with Special Deponents
- 35: Dative with Adjectives; Dative with Special Verbs; Dative with Compounds
- 36: Jussive Noun Clauses; Fio
- 37: Conjugation of Eo; Constructions of Place and Time
Precepted by Dr. Faith Acker

Le Guin's Earthsea Series: The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea
Continuing Series

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays at 9:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on November 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27
This present module is for Module 3 of the Earthsea Series, exploring_The Other Wind_ and Tales from Earthsea.

Ursula K. Le Guin explores themes of power, love, nature, gender, art, politics, and more through her richly-developed world of Earthsea, drawing upon literary, philosophical, religious, and anthropological interests in doing so. We will walk on the islands of Earthsea and dive into its waters as we discover beloved, and maybe hidden or controversial, aspects of Le Guin’s masterpiece.

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The Earthsea Series consists of 3 modules exploring a different Cycle of Le Guin's expansive work:
• Module 1 explores A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan,
• Module 2 explores The Farthest Shore and Tehanu, and
• Module 3 explores The Other Wind and Tales from Earthsea
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NOTE: Students can jump in at any month/part of the Series.

Precepted by Dr. Robert Steed

Old English 2
Continuing Series

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays at 7:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on November 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27
Ready to begin learning Old English? This series of modules introduces students to the vocabulary and structure of the earliest recorded form of the English language. One year of modules prepares the student to read texts from over a thousand years ago! Each one-month module builds on the previous one, so students ready to learn Old English will communicate with our Director and Professor Swain to make the right placement for everyone.
Precepted by Dr. Isaac Schendel

Old Norse 5
Continuing Series

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays at 8:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on November 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, (skip 23,) 27, 30.
This series of modules introduces you to the vocabulary and grammar of Old Norse, preparing you to read medieval sagas, eddic poetry, and even Viking-Age runic inscriptions. Each one-month module builds on the previous one, so students ready to learn Old Norse will communicate with our Director and Professor Anderson to choose the right placement for everyone.
Precepted by Dr. Carl Anderson

The Anime of Everyday Life: Hobbies, Romance, Sports, Slice-of-Life, Iyashikei, Educational Anime, and More

Meeting Wednesdays & Fridays at 8:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on November 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, (skip 24), 29
Anime as a medium can create worlds of all kinds, including those that feel familiar, quiet, or even mundane. In this module, we will consider what I am calling the anime of everyday life — anime that tells smaller, more personal stories about life. What makes these sorts of shows and movies so appealing, and what can they do for their audiences? In this module, we will consider several major genres usually grouped under “slice-of-life anime,” but we will also look at the intersection between everyday life and the fantastic. Each class will include a discussion of the history and elements of the anime of everyday life, with examples. Participants are encouraged to bring their own examples, as well!

Tolkien and the Romantics: Imagining and Dreaming

Tolkien and the Romantics: Imagining and Dreaming with Will Sherwood Meeting Tuesdays & Fridays at 1:00 PM Eastern. Unless otherwise specified, classes will run for 1 hour on November 3, 7, 10, 14 (90 minutes), 17, 21, and 28 (90 minutes).
The imagination and dreams are essential parts of J.R.R. Tolkien's world building which he explored across many stories from 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'On Fairy-stories' to 'The Notion Club Papers'. The same can be said of the Romantics who saw an important connection between the two. In works such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' and 'Kubla Khan', Lord Byron's 'The Dream' and 'Darkness', and Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein', the imaginary and dream-like meet with awe-inspiring, melancholy or blood-chilling results.

The module sessions are structured as follows:
• Class 1: The Realms of (Childhood) Faery (60m)
• Class 2: Faery’s Enchantment (60m)
• Class 3: The Terror of the Night (60m)
• Class 4: The Past is an Imagined Dreamworld (90m)
• Class 5: Visions of the Apocalypse (60m)
• Class 6: Senses and Sensation (60m)
• Class 7: Glimpses, mere Fragments (90m)
Precepted by Will Sherwood

Wild Beasts at the Tea Table: The Unnerving Tales of Saki

Meeting Mondays & Wednesdays at 6:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on November 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, (skip 22), 27, 29
Something dangerous is lurking on the periphery of polite Edwardian society. Master of dark social comedy H. H. Munro (pen name “Saki”) offers a world populated by duchesses, vicars, and idle London playboys—but also escaped hyaenas, talking cats, werewolves, and malevolent pageant gods. When these wild, menacing forces intrude into a world of decorous familiarity and boredom, the results are shockingly funny (or sometimes just shocking). This course will examine a selection of Saki’s short fiction, along with a brief look at his biography and historical context. Marked by a combination of acid wit, sudden terrible reversals, and a knack for precisely conveying the unmentionable, Saki’s stories are essential reading for anyone interested in the gothic tale, the comic anecdote, or the craft of short fiction writing.
Precepted by Dr. Liam Daley

Writers' Workshop: The Different Body Problem
Spotlight 

Meeting Mondays & Thursdays at 6:00 PM Eastern for eight 1-hour sessions on November 2, 6, (skip 9 for family emergency), 13, 16, 18, 20, (skip 23), 27, and 30
It's a sometimes inconvenient fact that characters have bodies, and sometimes, those bodies directly affect the stories we write about them. Writing characters who live in bodies that do not perform according to the cultural standard is a skill like any other part of the writer's craft.

In this course, we will look at examples from literature of how authors have dealt with what we usually call disabilities. Some have done well, others have materially harmed people with their writing.

We will also work with one another to hone our craft as writers who are telling stories so that we can find the new and inspirational, while leaving behind the worn-out clichés that make the lives of people like your preceptor materially harder.

Note: Texts will be provided by the preceptor.

Note: For more information about the Collaborative Feedback Method in SPACE, please check out our video here.
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