J. R. R. Tolkien and the World of Modern Fantasy Literature with Dr. Joseph Luzzi

J. R. R. Tolkien and the World of Modern Fantasy Literature with Dr. Joseph Luzzi


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What makes J. R. R. Tolkien one of the most beloved names in all of literature? Why have readers of all ages, especially younger ones, been so drawn to his magical, enchanted worlds? And how did this Oxford professor of Anglo-Saxon become one of the 20th-century’s best-selling authors?

We will explore the literary, narrative, and symbolic elements in four of Tolkien’s greatest works, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, as we discover his breathtaking talent for inventing new worlds – and learn why he is often called the “father” of modern fantasy literature.

Take a deep dive into Tolkien’s most famous works, not only in narrative substance, but also style, with one of Context’s leading literature experts, Dr. Joseph Luzzi, in what is sure to be an exciting and fantastical trip through story-telling and writing. You will leave this conversation with a deeper understanding of not only what Tolkien wrote, but how he wrote it, the inner workings of his imagination, and how his works continue to inspire writers of today.

Joseph Luzzi received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is a Professor of Comparative Literature and Faculty Member in Italian Studies at Bard College, where he has taught since 2002 after being a visiting faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. A frequent contributor to publications including the New York Times, TLS, and Chronicle of Higher Education, he is the author of 5 books, including "My Two Italies," a New York Times Editors' Choice selection and "In a Dark Wood: What Dante Taught Me About Grief, Healing, and the Mysteries of Love," a Vanity Fair “Must-Read” selection. His work has been translated into multiple languages and his many awards include a Yale College Teaching Prize, Dante Society of America Essay Prize, and Wallace Fellowship at Villa I Tatti, Harvard's Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. In 2017 he was named Cittadino Onorario/Honorary Citizen in Acri, Calabria, his Italian parents' birthplace. His next book is "Botticelli's Secret: The Lost Drawings and the Rediscovery of the Renaissance," which will be published by W. W. Norton. Professor Luzzi is the founder of the Virtual Book Club, an online community of readers dedicated to exploring some of the best books ever written. Learn more at JosephLuzzi.com.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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