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Rings, Swords, and Monsters by Michael D.C. Drout
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May 21, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: audiobooks, edification
Read from May 16 to 25, 2011

Maybe this was not the best course, I am not sure with so little to base it on, but it was very interesting to hear fantasy treated in a truly academic fashion, with
- a survey of major, defining works;
- a discussion of the genre's origins and its placement in time;
- a comparison of the major authors amongst themselves and of the genre with others;
- an identification of the major themes; and
- a discussion of what fantasy does well and to what it can still aspire.
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