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Episode Info: Recorded May 13th.  Fantasy, faith, magic, & myth.  J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, The Great War, and Wonder Woman.  Middle Earth, Narnia, creating compelling fantasy, approaches to criticism, and overcoming disillusionment. 60 Year Old Spoiler Warning: Ending of The Lord of the Rings and portions of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. [Note: Not really a Wonder Woman episode, a companion to the last episode.  Next few episodes are more DC, less literary history.] Answers, insights, and commentary on: * I. J.R.R. Tolkien (Life) * Orphan, Catholic, genius * Popular, rugby captain, acting * Languages, artist, marriage * World War I, Battle of the Somme * Philology * Beowulf scholarship * “On Fairy Stories” * II. Secondary World (Depth) * References condense information * Recall a dragon or a Robin, no citation * References are inherent and ubiquitous * Broken references organic and immersive * Irony, Immersion, or Identification * Tolkien reverse engineering patina of myth * Tolkien’s perfectionism * Superman as myth * DC Films epic depth in world-building * III. Outcasts Bond Over Obscure Interests (Friends) * Tolkien meets Lewis * Siegel meets Shuster * Lewis encourages Tolkien’s writings * Lewis’s life, atheism, studies, service * Connection, fellowship, encouragement * The Inklings * IV. Approach to Criticism (Reaction) * Critical response to The Lord of the Rings * Stigma of fantasy and superheroes * Creating stories with conscious purpose * Wonder Woman as psychological propaganda * Academic intellectual dishonesty * “An Experiment on Criticism” * Surrender, reading well, repeat readings * V. Disillusionment (Lies) * Tolkien & Lewis are counter-cultural and subversive * Unrealistic optimism at start of the war * H.G. Wells: “The War That Will End War” * Ways Wonder Woman could be disillusioned * Disillusionment after World War I * Fantasy as recapturing immaterial wonder * Good, evil, and corruption in fantasy * Eucatastrophe, Frodo fails, divine grace * CorruptionRead more »

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