Bradley J Birzer on Tolkien and myth

by Anna Blanch on May 17, 2012

Today I wanted to share an interview with Bradley J. Birzer on how Tolkien understood the idea of myth.

Bradley J Birzer is the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies, Professor of History and Director of the Hillsdale College Program in American Studies at Hillsdale College. He is the author of Sanctifying the World: The Augustinian Life and Mind of Christopher Dawson (Christendom Press) and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sanctifying Myth (ISI). In addition to the interview linked above, here is another interview with Carl E. Olson, editor of Ignatius Insight, about his book, American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll, published by Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Though his main focus is American politics of the Jacksonian era, as well as the Civil War and the Indian Wars, he has published several articles and one book about J.R.R. Tolkien, mainly focusing on Christianity.

This is volume 58 of the free Mars Hill Audio bonus tracks ! Here is the full list of free interviews.  If you are interested this is a good reason to join the Emerging Scholars Network, which is free, because Mars Hill Audio offers all ESN members a substantial discount on new subscriptions for one year (six issues) of the Mars Hill Audio Journal in either format: cassette for $33, CD for $35, or $25 in MP3 format. (That comes to $5 to $13 off their usual rates, by the way.) Non-US residents receive this discount but will need to pay an extra shipping cost. Even before you subscribe, you can order a free demo CD or cassette or listen to several bonus interviews for free in MP3 format.

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Anna M Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD student in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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