The Mythgard Academy takes on another icon of the modern fantasy world as we discuss William Goldman’s The Princess Bride. Goldman insists, of course, that he has merely put together an “abridgement” of the national epic of Florin (that thriving European nation rich with history and tradition which you can easily find right across the channel from Guilder), which was penned by its (incontestably) most widely heralded author, S. Morgenstern. In this class, we will look at this fun and complex blend of comical story and satirical commentary, as well as spending time discussing the even more famous film version of the story. As part of the Mythgard Academy series, the class is tuition-free and open to the public. The first 100 participants for each session are able to participate in the discussion live, and both video and audio recordings of the classes will be available on this web page, through the Mythgard podcast feed, and on our iTunes U course.
As part of the Mythgard Academy series, the class is tuition-free and open to the public. The first 100 participants for each session are able to participate in the discussion live, and both video and audio recordings of the classes will be available on this web page, through the Mythgard podcast feed, and on our iTunes U course.
Like all Mythgard Academy classes, this course is made possible by the generosity of everyone who supported our fundraising campaign last fall. The topics of our Academy classes are nominated and elected entirely by our generous donors.
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– Dr. Corey Olsen
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The Princess Bride is available from Amazon. It can be purchased in hardcover, paperback or electronic formats.
Week 1: Goldman and the Cast of Characters
Week 2: The Quest
Week 3: The Heroes
Week 4: The Near Resolution
Week 5: The Film, Part 1
Week 6: The Film, Part 2
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