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BCTV Daily Dispatch 10 Oct 21: Doctor Who, LOTR, Psych, SNL & More!

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 10/10/2021 - 10:38pm in

In today's BCTV Daily Dispatch: Sir Lenny Henry & Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who & The Flux, Star Trek: Discovery, Psych 3: This Is Gus & more!

The Stories of Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien and Philip Pullman

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 05/03/2016 - 1:48am in

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Stuart Lee and Margaret Kean explore the digital afterlives of these celebrated storytellers The city of Oxford has been home to some of the world’s greatest writers and has inspired countless stories for all ages. This discussion celebrates Oxford as a place of stories and storytelling, and examines how Oxford tales have been re-shaped across different digital media. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst (Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford) examines the character of Lewis Carroll and the creation of 'Alice in Wonderland'. Stuart Lee (Member of the English Faculty and Merton College, University of Oxford) traces how Tolkien's Middle-earth and especially ‘The Lord of the Rings’ have been reimagined through a range of digital technologies, from games to films. Margaret Kean (Helen Gardner Fellow in English, St Hilda's College, University of Oxford) discusses how Philip Pullman plays with the idea of communication across different media in ‘His Dark Materials’.

The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien's Legacy

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 10/11/2015 - 1:14am in

60 years since the publication of the series' final volume, a distinguished panel explore Tolkien's literary legacy To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of the final volume of Tolkien’s fantasy epic, The Lord of the Rings, the Bodleian Libraries and TORCH hosted a panel discussion on reactions to Tolkien’s work, then and now.

The discussion was introduced by Elleke Boehmer (Acting TORCH Director and Professor of World Literature, University of Oxford), and chaired by Stuart Lee (Lecturer in English Literature, University of Oxford). In a series of three short talks, scholars considered Tolkien's legacy from a range of perspectives.

Patrick Curry (Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wales, Lampeter) addressed the question: “Is the Lord of the Rings a good book?”, describing Tolkien as a counter-culturalist who focused on the “primacy of storytelling”.

Dimitra Fimi (Lecturer in English, Cardiff Metropolitan University) discussed the challenges and opportunities of teaching Tolkien's work, and examined why his work is rarely a compulsory part of the university curriculum in the UK.

Andy Orchard (Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon, University of Oxford), who holds the same chair at the University of Oxford that Tolkien held from 1925 – 1945, explored Tolkien's contribution to academia, which he suggested rivals his contribution to fiction.

The panel also discussed a range of topics, including uptake of Old Norse, the literary canon and Tolkien's work with DPhil students, in response to audience questions.

Please visit www.torch.ox.ac.uk/tolkien for more information, or www.torch.ox.ac.uk/tolkien-review for a review of the discussion.