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ENAM 0560 The Inklings

C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Williams were at the centre of the Inklings, a group of friends who met every week in Oxford between the early 1930s and the 1950s to read one another their latest writings, to share ideas, and to enjoy good food and drink. This course was a detailed investigation of the Inklings, their work and the contribution it made to literature, philosophy and religion.

Sample Topics

  • C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, the ‘Narnia’ chronicles, Mere Christianity, Surprised by Joy
  • J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings
  • Charles Williams, All Hallows’ Eve, The Place of the Lion

 Introductory Reading:

  • Carpenter, Humphrey, The Inklings: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Their Friends. London: Harper Collins, new edn, 2006
  • Glyer, Diana P., The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in the Community. Kent, OH: Kent State University Press, 2007
  • Hadfield, Alice M., Charles Williams: An Exploration of his Life and Works. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1983
A life-changing experience
My semester at CMRS was a life-changing experience. With the backdrop of the beautiful and historically-relevant Oxford, I read, wrote, and learned mo...
Jason Martin, Spring Semester 2011, Albion College