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"Tolkien and the Function of Fantasy"

The C.S. Lewis Institute - Northeast Ohio in partnership with CCO Campus Ministry at Youngstown State University presents a free Community Lecture Series event.


Why is The Lord of the Rings so popular, both as a book and as films? Is fantasy nothing but a silly escape from reality? Or are there deeper reasons why fantasy – and imaginative narratives in general – are so appealing? In this talk, Dr. Holly Ordway will draw on Tolkien’s insights into the genre in order to explore the question of what fantasy is, how it works, and why it matters.

Dr. Holly Ordway

Dr. Holly Ordway is Professor of English and faculty in the MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University; she holds a PhD in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of Apologetics and the Christian Imagination: An Integrated Approach to Defending the Faith (Emmaus Road, 2017) and Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms (Ignatius, 2014). Dr. Ordway is also a published poet, and a subject editor for the Journal of Inklings Studies. Her academic work focuses on imaginative apologetics, and on the writings of the Inklings, especially C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Her current book in progress is Tolkien’s Modern Sources: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages.

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