Faerie and Fantasy

During the Spring 2011 semester, Professor Olsen recorded this undergraduate class session-by-session at Washington College.

In his landmark essay, “On Fairy-Stories,” Tolkien discussed the importance of the literature of Faerie, laying down the theoretical foundation for the modern fantasy genre. In this class, students drew from Tolkien’s invitation and explored the medieval Faerie-story tradition and examined the modern fairy-tale and fantasy genres that grew from it.

In addition, you will find here the complete reading schedule for the class, so that you can read along as you listen to the lecture series.

Make sure to look at the complete listing of the required readings for the class, complete with links to the texts that were used (available both in print and online).

You will also find some very special bonus audio material: unabridged readings of the Middle English poetry — the perfect beginning to the course.

Happy reading and listening!

Introduction to Middle English

Week 1

  1. Introduction - .mp3 or .m4a (January 24, 2011)
  2. Sir Orfeo, Lines 1-194 - .mp3 or .m4a (January 26, 2011)
  3. Sir Orfeo, Lines 195-408 - .mp3 or .m4a (January 28, 2011)

Week 2

  1. Sir Orfeo, Lines 409-604 - .mp3 or .m4a (January 31, 2011)
  2. Sir Launfal, Lines 1-348 - .mp3 or .m4a (February 2, 2011)
  3. Sir Launfal, Lines 349-708 - .mp3 or .m4a (February 4, 2011)

Week 3

  1. Sir Launfal, Lines 709-1044 - .mp3 or .m4a (February 7, 2011)
  2. The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle, Lines 1-443 - .mp3 or .m4a (February 9, 2011)
  3. The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle, Lines 444-852 - .mp3 or .m4a (February 11, 2011)

Week 4

  1. Chaucer, “The Wife of Bath’s Tale”, Lines 857-1072 - .mp3 or .m4a (February 14, 2011)
  2. Chaucer, “The Wife of Bath’s Tale”, Lines 1073-1264 - .mp3 or .m4a (February 16, 2011)
  3. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Fitt I – .mp3 or .m4a  (February 18, 2011)

Week 5

  1. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Fitt II - .mp3 or .m4a  (February 21, 2011)
  2. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Fitt III - .mp3 or .m4a  (February 23, 2011)
  3. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Fitt IV - .mp3 or .m4a  (February 25, 2011)

Week 6

  1. Andrew Lang, Blue Fairy Book,
    “Sleeping Beauty,” “Cinderella,” “Aladdin” -.mp3 or .m4a (February 28, 2011)
  2. Andrew Lang, Blue Fairy Book,
    “Rumpelstiltzkin,”“Beauty & the Beast,”“Hansel and Grettel” -.mp3 or .m4a (March 2, 2011)
  3. Andrew Lang, Blue Fairy Book,
    “Snow-White and Rose-Red,” “Jack Giant-Killer,” “Black Bull of Norroway” -.mp3 or .m4a (March 4, 2011)

Week 7

  1. Andrew Lang, Red Fairy Book,
    “Jack and the Beanstalk,”“Three Dwarfs,”“12 Brothers” - .mp3 or .m4a (March 7, 2011)
  2. Andrew Lang, Red Fairy Book,
    Green Fairy Book“Rapunzel,”“Snowdrop,”“The Enchanted Ring” - .mp3 or .m4a (March 9, 2011)
  3. Baron Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett Lord Dunsany, The Book of Wonder,
    Pages 1-26 - .mp3 or .m4a (March 11, 2011)

Week 8

  1. Baron Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett Lord Dunsany, The Book of Wonder,
    Pages 27-58 - .mp3 or .m4a (March 21, 2011)
  2. George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin, Chapters 1-10 (1-81) - .mp3 or .m4a (March 23, 2011)
  3. George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin, Chapters 11-20 (82-156) - .mp3 or .m4a (March 25, 2011)

Week 9

  1. George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin, Chapters 21-32 (157-241) - .mp3 or .m4a (March 28, 2011)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, “Smith of Wootton Major”, Pages 9-34 - .mp3 or .m4a (March 30, 2011)
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, “Smith of Wootton Major”, Pages 35-59 - .mp3 or .m4a (April 1, 2011)

Week 10

  1. C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe, Chapters 1-6 (1-68) – .mp3 or .m4a (April 4, 2011)
  2. C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe, Chapters 7-11 (69-133) – .mp3 or .m4a (April 8, 2011)

Week 11

  1. C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe, Chapters 12-17 (135-206) – .mp3 or .m4a (April 11, 2011)
  2. Peter Beagle, The Last Unicorn, Chapters 1-4 (1-72) – .mp3 or .m4a (April 13, 2011)
  3. Peter Beagle, The Last Unicorn, Chapters 5-8 (73-153) – .mp3 or .m4a (April 15, 2011)

Week 12

  1. Peter Beagle, The Last Unicorn, Chapters 9-11 (154-224) – .mp3 or .m4a (April 18, 2011)
  2. Peter Beagle, The Last Unicorn, Chapters 12-14 (225-294) – .mp3 or .m4a (April 20, 2011)
  3. Garth Nix, Sabriel, Prologue – Chapter 5 (1-55) – .mp3 or .m4a (April 22, 2011)

Week 13

  1. Garth Nix, Sabriel, Chapters 6-11 (56-116) - .mp3 or .m4a (April 25, 2011)
  2. Garth Nix, Sabriel, Chapters 12-17 (117-183) - .mp3 or .m4a (April 27, 2011)
  3. Garth Nix, Sabriel, Chapters 18-23 (184-248) – .mp3 or .m4a (April 29, 2011)

Week 14

  1. Garth Nix, Sabriel, Chapters 24-Epilogue (249-311) – .mp3 or .m4a (May 2, 2011)
  2. Conclusion – .mp3 or .m4a