The Casual Academic: A Literary Podcast
About This Show
In-depth literary discussion without the pretence. Just good books. Based out of Madrid, Spain, we compress big ideas and in-depth discussion of literature into a digestible, entertaining format.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 23 - Belief, Con Artists & The American Soul in Neil Gaiman's "American Gods"
We're back with a brand new episode, after some delay caused by the ever-dreaded summer camp schedule - just kidding, we love escaping the big city, but it's good to be back and talking about Neil Gaiman's "American Gods," a novel loved by many and recently adapted to TV. It was a lighter turn for us, but we still enjoyed Gaiman's perspective on U.S. culture and its relationship to myths touching religion, identity and the long-established character of the grifter, or con artist. There is a definite postmodern touch to the novel, and we discuss some of our favorite references, as well as Gaiman's use of Joseph Campbell's ideas found in "The Hero With a Thousand Faces." Finally, stick around for the end when we compare the TV series to the book and highlight what we like about the new adaptation.
***Some news - for you Goodreads users out there, we've started a reading group called "The Casual Academic Podcast," where you can find discussion questions on the books we've read, peruse our bookshelves, and get involved in the preparation for our episodes! We're excited about it, and we hope you will be too.
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