Do I Deserve Hazing? My first academic paper on Tolkien, 1988

In the fall of 1988, I returned to the University of Notre Dame after having spent my sophomore year (July 1987-July 1988) at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.  When I saw that a famous Platonist in the philosophy department was teaching a course on “Philosophy and Fantasy,” I jumped on it.  This probably proved my strongest academic paper in college–for better or worse–and my professor gave me a low A and allowed me to read to the entire class.  I was one in three who got to do so.  A serious honor at the time.  There’s little doubt that my first book, J.R.R. Tolkien’s SANCTIFYING MYTH (2002), started here.

Two warnings:  1) it’s no great paper; and 2) my English had not returned to normal.  I kept ending my sentences with verbs!

fall 1988 JRRT paper at ND Birzer

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