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J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis wrote two of the greatest Fantasy series of all time. Beyond Middle Earth and Narnia, the two British men were also great friends.
On Monday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m., ISU Ph.D. student Valah Steffen-Wittwer will discuss their friendship and how their imaginary worlds helped create the genre of Fantasy literature. Both series have been criticized for being escapist literature, since they are not "real." Steffen-Wittwer will discuss how, by being Fantasy, these books are allowed to deal with more "real" black-and-white challenges and large questions of the human condition than realist stories where things are so often colored in shades of gray.
This program is part of the library’s literary series and is free and open to all members of the public. If you would like more information on this program or if you are interested in facilitating a discussion, please call Amy Campbell at 232-1263 ext. 106.