The great and glorious Signum University, where I serve as Chair of the Lang & Lit Dept and sometimes teach cool classes, has taken a big step forward! We have grown our M.A. Program: now you can choose to concentrate in Tolkien Studies, Germanic Philology, Imaginative Lit (such as F/SF), or Classical/Medieval/Renaissance Literature! And we have just opened the fall classes for registration. You know you want to take one, or two, or all of them! You can enroll for credit, audit, or audit with a discussion option. Some classes are live; some are on a flex schedule. Check them out:
* Folkloric Transformations, taught by Dr. Dimitra Fimi, is about vampires, werewolves, ghosts and fairies!
* Beowulf in Old English, taught by Nelson Goering & Dr. Karl Persson, is a translation seminar in which you work through the Anglo-Saxon epic in small, interactive student groups.
* The Story of the Hobbit, taught by Dr. Corey Olsen, examines Tolkien’s life, looks at literary precursors, and examines the growth of the famous tale of Bilbo Baggins.
* Sherlock, Science & Ratiocination, taught by Dr. Amy H. Sturgis, focuses on Poe and Conan Doyle and how their works blended scientific method, mystery, and imagination to create the modern literature of detection.
* Tolkien and Tradition, taught by the great Dr. Verlyn Flieger, explores how Tolkien works with traditional material to make it his own.
* Introduction to Anglo-Saxon, taught by Dr. Michael D. C. Drout, is a prerequisite to further studies in Old English–so if you take it now, you can come back and take the Beowulf seminar next time around!
And then!! Do I have exciting news for you! Remember last fall when Signum held the “Almost an Inkling” Flash Fiction Creative Writing contest? Well, at last the book of the winners is being published! Soul of Wit is scheduled for release one week from today, Friday, July 8th! There are dragons, mysteries, short-form poems, monsters, magic, mermaids, space travel, time travel, laughter, and tears.It’s an impressive collection of miniature works of literature you can read in a short sitting.
You will be able to purchase a copy from the Oloris Book Shop, so check that link on Friday! Meanwhile, spread the word to all your readerly family members and friends.