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August 17, 2020  

New Ways of Seeing the World: The Value of Fantasy Literature

August 17, 2020

“Fantasy literature makes you look at the world from a different perspective, it makes you look at humanity in a totally different light.”

We’re looking at the value and deeper meanings of fantasy literature in this episode, featuring Dr. Joshua Grasso of East Central University. We discuss why humans need fantasy, some common themes like exile and reluctant heroes, and key examples of cultural diversity seen in fantasy literature. Dr. Grasso also recommends some lesser known works of fantasy, and we talk about how to deal with the legacies of authors whose beliefs or personal lives can be troubling to 21st century readers. 

 

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