Watership Down

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Taught by Professor Corey Olsen

 

A prophecy, foretelling the destruction of their village, causes a group of friends to a journey through the wild to seek a new home. They encounter many threats before finding a place of plenty and apparent safety on the uplands of Watership Down. But a chance encounter with a patrol from a nearby village reveals that our heroes live next to a frightening militarist dictatorship bent on their enslavement or destruction. They must risk everything they have, delve deep into their reserves of strength, courage, friendship and cleverness, to fight for their lives, freedom and prosperity. Our heroes are not humans but rabbits, and they have their own rich culture, mythology and language. Their mythology warns them:

“All the world will be your enemy, Prince of a Thousand enemies. And when they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you; digger, listener, runner, Prince with the swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed.”

Their story is one of Escape, Recovery, Consolation and Eucatastrophe, and, in the end, it is our story too.

 

To help our students interact with each other and support one another in their learning, Mythgard provides a free forum open to all students, made possible through Signum University. We will use this forum as our class discussion board. You must register in order to use the forums, but this is a simple process of filling out the registration form (please note that the same registration is used for RITD and the Mythgard Academy, so you only need to register once!). Also, please go to the page and “Like” our Mythgard Academy Facebook page to get updates and reminders about the class.

Watership Down, by Richard Adams is also available as an audio book and it was adapted as an animated film. For those of you wishing more insight into the geography of Watership Down, a page has been created illustrating the areas referenced in the book that shows more detail than the published map.

Schedule

iTunes U: Get StartedWeek 1: Wednesday, November 5
Read: Book I, Chapters 1-11
Video Recording
Add the Podcast FeedAudio Recording
Lecture Slides
Week 2: Wednesday, November 12
Read: Book I, Chapters 12-17
Video Recording
Audio Recording
Lecture Slides

Week 3: Wednesday, November 19
Read: Book II, Chapters 18-23
Video Recording
Audio Recording
Lecture Slides

Week 4: Wednesday, November 26
Read: Book II, Chapters 24-29
Video Recording
Audio Recording
Lecture Slides

Week 5: Wednesday, December 3
Read: Bonus Session 1
Video Recording
Audio Recording
Lecture Slides

Week 6: Wednesday, December 10
Read: Book III, Chapters 30-34
Video Recording
Audio Recording
Lecture Slides

Week 7: Wednesday, December 17
Read: Book III, Chapters 35-38
Video Recording
Audio Recording
Lecture Slides

No Class: Week of December 24

Week 8: Tuesday, December 30
Read: Book IV, Chapters 39-44
Video Recording
Audio Recording
Lecture Slides

Week 9: Wednesday, January 7
Read: Book IV, Chapter 45 – Epilogue
Video Recording
Audio Recording
Lecture Slides

Week 10: Wednesday, January 14
Read: Bonus Session 2
Video Recording
Audio Recording
Lecture Slides

Week 11: Wednesday, January 21
Watch: The animated film adaptation, Available here and on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix.
Video Recording
Audio Recording

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