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What did you like best about Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind: Literature's Most Fantastic Works? What did you like least?
This is a (by necessity) vary broad overview of the literary view of the history of... the fantastic, which is not by any stretch of the imagination fantasy. It starts with Grimm, puts them in a historical context, then moves through the history of... series literature, talking about examples where the surreal comes out. In the end, it presents a broad overview of the history of various sci fi genres and what they have to say about society.
It's very much a literary overview like you might find in a college class.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Professor Eric S. Rabkin?
Was Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind: Literature's Most Fantastic Works worth the listening time?
Any additional comments?
This was very deep into the literary criticism, and very deep into the sci fi. I was hoping for a more mythic structure look at things, and a broader survey of the fantastic. Instead, it focused mainly on extremely literary works, and took a very literary view of them. I was more hoping for a look of common themes and structures around what made them work as stories, rather than as literature, and also got snowballed by the 'fantastic'.
This is not meant as a criticism of the series, which was interesting, just a warning that a reasonably intelligent person misread the description.
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Would you listen to Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind: Literature's Most Fantastic Works again? Why?
I have already listened to this lecture twice. The professor is knowledgeable and provides multiple theoretical view points. The subject matter ranges widely enough to keep you on your toes.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind: Literature's Most Fantastic Works?
I thoroughly enjoyed his treatment of early fairy tales, Edgar Allan Poe, and Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass. These were by far the best parts of the discussion. Detailed and thought provoking, these discussions challenged the listener to reread many of these stories with a new perspective.
I also very much enjoyed his discussion and treatment of J.R. Tolkien as well as the Sci Fi genre.
Any additional comments?
Fantasy is a wonderful genre because it allows us to pull back from our assumptions about the world, examine issues and concepts we wouldn't normally question, and take a deeper look at our own selves.
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