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Rings, Swords, and Monsters: Exploring Fantasy Literature Audiobook, by Michael Drout Extended Sample Click for printable size audiobook cover
Author: Michael Drout Narrator: Henry Strozier Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Other Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2018 ISBN: 9781436172950
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The overwhelming success of the Lord of the Rings films and the Harry Potter series aptly demonstrates that the fantasy genre is alive and well in the new millennium. The names of authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Terry Brooks evoke ripe tales of heroism and the clash of good versus evil in magical, faraway lands. The rich collection of King Arthur tales have also captured the imagination of millions and resonates with audiences to the present day. Should fantasy be considered serious literature, or is it merely escapism? In this course, the roots of fantasy and the works that have defined the genre are examined. Incisive analysis and a deft assessment of what makes these works so very special provides a deeper insight into beloved works and a better understanding of why fantasy is such a pervasive force in modern culture. Download and start listening now!

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About the Author

Michael Drout is a professor of English and the director of the Center for the Study of the Medieval at Wheaton. Drout’s research on medieval literature and fantasy is centered around the problems of tradition and influence. As part of the Lexomics Research Group, he has been developing new, computer-assisted methods of analysis.

About the Narrator

Henry Strozier has appeared in numerous films, including Contact, You Don’t Know Jack, Thirteen Days, and Sex in the City. Also a voice-over artist, he has worked extensively in video games and audiobook narration, where he has earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards.