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ARTS 560

The Inklings: Fantasists or Prophets?

In this course we will look afresh at the writings of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and Owen Barfield, and at the tenor and impact of these writers collectively as a group. We will explore how, far from being nostalgic or escapist they were in fact dealing prophetically with some of the most pressing themes and questions with which we grapple in the 21s century: How can we recover a spirit of awe and reverence? How can we resist the dominance of the machine and the reductive, mechanistic account of life? How do we return to a more chastened and reverent relation with nature and ecology? Can we recover the imagination as a truth-bearing faculty? Can we heal our divisions and rediscover the true meaning and importance of community and fellowship? Malcolm Guite will make the case for the Inklings as wise guides for our moment in history.

Credit Hours:
1 - 2
Audit Hours:
There are no prerequisites for this course.

Additional Info

Online & Recorded: This course is being offered online only in Fall 2022. In order to support students who are unable to attend the regular online class sessions, recordings will be made available on the course Moodle page for 48 hours following each class.

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