ENGL 200 K: Reading Literary Forms

C.S. Lewis and the Inklings

Meeting Time: 
MW 1:30pm - 3:20pm
SMI 405
Michael D Willett

Additional Details:

The Inklings were an informal literary society centered in Oxford in the 1930's and 1940's consisting of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield and various others who met to drink, share ideas, discuss drafts, and read literature together. A high-minded set, their writing is at times esoteric and philosophical, and at other times playful, childish, and extremely popular. This class will study a sampling of the group's output--detective fiction, essays, fables, lectures, and letters--listening for the ongoing imaginative engagement these works have with one another all while engaging big philosophical questions: what is real? how do we know? how might literature help us toward clearer perceptions?

C.S. Lewis

The Silver Chair;
Present Concerns

Charles Williams

War in Heaven

Dorothy Sayers

Gaudy Night

J.R.R. Tolkien

Farmer Giles of Ham & Smith of Wootton Major

Owen Barfield

Worlds Apart

Catalog Description: 
Covers techniques and practice in reading and enjoying literature in its various forms: poetry, drama, prose fiction, and film. Examines such features of literary meanings as imagery, characterization, narration, and patterning in sound and sense. Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Other Requirements Met: 
Last updated: 
March 24, 2016 - 11:24am