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!