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ENGL 2296 -- Fantasy Literature: Videos


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Arthurian Legend & the Holy Grail

Camelot: Ancient Mysteries

Description: Camelot’s court was home to lords and ladies, knights and sorcerers. The mythic tales of King Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinevere inspired stories, books, movies, and a Broadway classic. In this episode of Ancient Myeries, historians and archaeologists lead us throughout England and Wales in search of Camelot and the truth behind one of the Western world’s most beloved legends. Distributed by A&E Television Networks. (45 minutes) Distributed by A&E Television Networks.

The Myth of the Holy Grail

Description: The Holy Grail may be history’s most legendary artifact, but did it ever really exist and, if so, was it a chalice or something very different? Filmed at key locations in England and France, this program follows e intriguing efforts of two modern-day Grail hunters, providing along the way a concise account of the Grail story, its role in Arthurian legend, and its enduring fascination. 

Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur: Anatomy of a Legend

Description: The richly embroidered story of King Arthur as set down by Sir Thomas Malory during the Middle Ages has unfailingly intrigued generations of readers. P. J. C. Field, one of the world’s top authorities on Malory a president of the British branch of the International Arthurian Society; Helen Cooper, editor of the Oxford World’s Classics edition of Le Morte D'Arthur; and medievalist Kevin J. Harty, of La Salle University, begin this survey by assessing the historical and apocryphal underpinnings of the Arthurian legend. 

C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia

Description: In this video, students will learn the life story of the author of the "Chronicles of Narnia" series. See where he lived, worked, and was inspired for "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," "The Magician's Neph," and other tales that make up the Narnia stories. By understanding the trials and triumphs of Lewis, students can better understand how he came to his philosophies.

General Topics

Gods and Goddesses 

Description: In this documentary, the History Channel presents a documentary on the Gods and Goddesses of Greek Mythology.


Fantasy and the Occult in Modern Latin American Literature

Description: The narrative aesthetics of Latin America's Modernista authors included the strange, the mysterious, and the fantastic. Science, myth, and the occult influenced works by Leopoldo Lugones, Clemente Palma, and others.


J.R.R Tolkien Discussed

Description: On this episode of Camera Three, Ian Ballantine and Maurice Dolbier discuss the impact of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit with members of the Tolkien Society of America. Panelists discuss J.R.R. Tolkien's influences, interests, and legacy. 


Tolkien's Monsters

Description: This episode of Clash of the Gods presents the real story behind our most renowned modern myth—that classic story of good vs. evil, fought in the world of Middle Earth. We enter creator J. R. R. Tolkien's fantastical world of hobbits, orcs, and wizards, and uncover the real-life influences that shaped his epic fantasy, The Lord of the Rings. Intriguing connections and parallels are drawn from this epic saga to the battlefields of World War I and the Bible. Distributed by A&E Television Networks. (45 minutes) Distributed by A&E Television Networks.

Writing for Different Genres: Fantasy

Fantasy deals with the past, present, and future in alternative realities. Learn plots, settings, themes, and characters that are traditional science fiction archetypes. When writing a story, be aware of the conventions of a particular genre and customize it into something original.
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