Department of English

Michael Drout

April 15, 2010

Litrenta Lecture Hall, Toll Science Center, 4:30 p.m.

Whole Worlds Out of Single Words: Tolkien and Language

The Prentice Professor and Chair of the English Department at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, Michael Drout is a specialist in Anglo-Saxon Literature and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. He is the editor of Beowulf and the Critics, a collection of Tolkien's scholarly work, as well as the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia and Tolkien Studies, the foremost scholarly journal on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. He is also the author of How Tradition Works, a study of the poetics of the Anglo-Saxon tenth century, and he has lately dedicated himself to producing oral performances of the entire Anglo-Saxon poetic corpus in podcast form. A celebrated teacher, he has recorded a popular series of lectures on Tolkien and Anglo-Saxon poetry with the Recorded Books company, which are available under their "Modern Scholar" series.

Sponsored by: The Sophie Kerr Committee