An internationally-known scholar in
myth studies and comparative mythology will present a discussion on
J.R.R. Tolkien, author of Lord of the Rings. The free lecture
by Dr. Verlyn Flieger, professor of English at the University of
Maryland, will begin at 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Alumni
Conference Room at UT’s Riverside Center.
Dr. Flieger's talk,
entitled "'Leaf-mould of the Mind' – Philology and Fantasy in Tolkien’s
Works," will be the second in a new series of symposia sponsored by the
UT Department of English and Writing. The title refers to a comment
Tolkien made about how his story ideas grew "like a seed in the dark
out of the leaf-mould of the mind."
Dr. Flieger has written several influential books of Tolkien criticism, including Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien’s Mythology, Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien’s World, and A Question of Time: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Road to Faerie.
Department of English and Writing Symposia Series presents lectures by
experts in fields such as comparative mythology, history, rhetoric, and
literary studies. The series was initiated to support the teaching and
appreciation of literature and to reflect the interdisciplinary
scholarship that UT students and faculty pursue.
information about the lecture, please contact Dr. Richard Mathews at
(813) 253-3333 x 3621. To learn more about Dr. Flieger, visit http://www.Mythus.com.