DEFIANCE, Ohio – Tolkien, On and Off Screen, a unique class analyzing The Lord of the Rings books and other pop culture materials, will be offered at Defiance College during summer session I. Classes will be held from 9 to 11:45 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays from May 18 - June 26.
Taught by Dr. Todd Comer, assistant professor of English, the course will do a close reading of The Lord of the Rings books, which will be contextualized with clips from Peter Jackson’s version of the books, YouTube parodies, and animated versions of the books. Additional pop culture materials such as Dr Who or The Chronicles of Narnia will also be integrated into the course. Discussions will centralize around sacrifice, the nature of heroism, religion, industrialism, race, colonialism, surveillance, film adaptation and identity issues related to the body.
Students will be expected to read The Lord of the Rings trilogy in the allotted time.
Persons interested in a class should contact the Defiance College registrar’s office by May 8 at 419-783-2551. For more information about the course, contact Dr. Comer at 419-783-2348 or email@example.com.
Defiance College, chartered in 1850, is an independent, liberal arts institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate majors as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of engagement. U. S. News & World Report ranks Defiance in the top tier of comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. The college website is www.defiance.edu.
April 20, 2009