Monday, January 18, 2010
The Next Two Classes
I think I should note, in order to avoid bias accusations, that 1.) I am not Neo-pagan, and 2.) my own personal knowledge lies solely within the European realm, that is, I cannot claim to know the religious traditions of the Native Americans or the Latin American tribes, although I will certainly be researching these in order to provide richer information to my students. Thank you for your suggestions and encouraging words.
And, for my next class (one that is much clearer in purpose, thank God), I will be teaching a class about Theology and Magic in popular British fantasy novels. This was, oddly enough, thought up after the suggestion of my Latin classmates, who urged me to use my love for Harry Potter to a more constructive end than babbling on about how much better it was than the Twilight shit—I'm sorry, series. So, after a long thought, I decided to address a broader and more detailed scope: "Deep Magic: Magic and Religion in English Fantastical Literature," which will draw from Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Prydain, The Circle of Magic, His Dark Materials, and The Dark is Rising sequence. Ambitious, no? These books were such an integral part of my childhood (and, I admit, adulthood) and I remember always wondering how the magic in these books "worked," especially the Deep Magic in C.S. Lewis' books. That always sent a chill down my spine, and it set me wondering how Lewis' Christianity could fit with this conception in his highly allegorical books.
Anyway, I'm excited, and I always welcome suggestions. Unless they have to do with Twilight. Please, don't insult the above books by throwing in that hateful waste of paper.