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Fantasy literature

# Title Description Contributor
1 What is the 'Silmarillion'?

This lecture is an introduction to J.R.R. Tolkien's third major work, 'The Silmarillion' (1977...

Grace Khuri
2 Guy Gavriel Kay: A Short Introduction

An introduction to the novels of Guy Gavriel Kay, examining his development as a writer from his...

Katherine Olley
3 Sylvia Townsend Warner

Carolyne Larrington introduces the writing of Sylvia Townsend Warner whose first novel Lolly...

Carolyne Larrington
4 Approaching Fantasy Literature

This shortened version of a lecture seeks to introduce the listener to the concept of fantasy...

Stuart Lee
5 H. P. Lovecraft

A brief introduction to the American writer H. P. Lovecraft, the master of 'weird fiction'. The...

Stuart Lee
6 Re-Enchanted: The Rise of Children’s Fantasy Literature in the Twentieth Century

Maria Sachiko Cecire introduces the idea of an Oxford School of children’s fantasy literature,...

Maria Sachiko Cecire
7 Why 'Game of Thrones' Matters

Carolyne Larrington discusses some reasons for the popularity of the HBO series, explores some...

Carolyne Larrington
8 Diana Wynne Jones

A brief introduction to the writer Diana Wynne Jones – one of the 'Oxford School'.

Gabriel Schenk
9 T. H. White

A brief introduction to the writer T. H. White – author of the famous Arthurian fantasy series...

Gabriel Schenk
10 Ursula K. Le Guin

Caroline Batten offers a basic introduction to author Ursula K. Le Guin's life, work, and...

Caroline Batten
11 Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst explores how every generation has created its own Wonderland, and why...

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
12 Middle Earth and Tolkien's Digital Afterlives

Stuart Lee traces how Tolkien's Middle-earth and especially 'The Lord of the Rings' have been...

Stuart Lee
13 Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials'

Margaret Kean explores how Philip Pullman plays with the idea of communication across different...

Margaret Kean
# Title Description Contributor
1 Tolkien and Languages: Ancient and Invented

Interview with Dr Elizabeth Solopova from the Bodlian Library on the influence of medieval...

Elizabeth Solopova, Stuart Lee
2 Talking Tolkien: The influences of Medieval Literature on the Fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien

Stuart Lee and Elizabeth Solopova discuss the influences of medieval literature on the fiction...

Stuart Lee, Elizabeth Solopova
3 The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien's Legacy

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of the final volume of Tolkien’s fantasy...

Elleke Boehmer, Stuart Lee, Patrick Curry, Dimitra Fimi, Andy Orchard
4 Alan Garner

This short lecture offers an overview of the fantasy writer Alan Garner's early fiction, from...

Felix Taylor
5 Interview: Catherine Butler

An interview with Dr Catherine Butler (Cardiff University) by Will Brockbank (Oxford). Dr Butler...

Catherine Butler, Will Brockbank
6 Wolves and Winter: Old Norse Myths and Children's Literature

Dr Carolyne Larrington, Supernumerary Fellow and Tutor in English, St John's College, gives...

Carolyne Larrington
# Resource Title Description Contributor
1 Teaching Pack (Slides and Guide) - Alice in Wonderland

A set of slides and a teacher's guide for 'Alice in Wonderland'.

Caroline Batten