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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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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rajit | 9/14/2010

    " The overwhelmingly Tolkien focus was a huge disappointment and a disservice to the genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alicia | 8/7/2010

    " This is my favorite lecture series. It's instructive and fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Craig | 9/21/2009

    " I enjoyed going deeper into Tolkien's life. Didn't know he knew so much about the middle ages and languages. No wonder his books are the measuring stick for fantasy. The book did leave me hanging though, thought it should have been longer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 5/30/2009

    " This lecture series was so fun to listen to! My favorite part was learning more about Tolkein's life and how he created Middle-Earth. "

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