Category: Season 4

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Utopia Limited: Episode 2

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In this episode of Utopia Limited, Dr. Fleming discusses the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta that is the namesake of the series, as well as a dystopian classic set with some of the same ideas about English government: G.K. Chesterton’s The Napoleon of Notting Hill.

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Homer: Episode 5

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In this episode of Homer, Dr. Fleming discusses the value of the Greek religion from a cultural perspective, and begins to describe the qualities of the gods.

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Utopia Limited: Episode 1

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In this inaugural episode of Utopia Limited Dr Fleming traces first the introduction of Utopian literature and the necessary “myth of progress” which led to the first dystopian literature, and how the genre is distinct from science fiction.

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Homer: Episode 4

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In this episode of Homer, Dr. Fleming discusses various episodes in the Iliad and their particular resonances. He also goes on to discuss the overall structure of the work and how little the “main story” occupies the majority of the work.

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Off the Shelf, Episode 3: The Riders of the Purple Sage

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In this episode of On the Shelf, Stephen shares his thoughts on Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey, and Dr. Fleming comments on it and what he considers a superior Western novel, The Virginian by Owen Wister. Join us for discussions of shootouts, Mormons, and the beguiling beauty of the American West.

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Homer: Episode 3

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Homeric epic poems were not originally written but preserved by a tradition of  oral composition that made these stories easier to recite (and remember). To appreciate the brilliant technique, it is useful to understand dactylic hexameter, which is used throughout the Iliad, as well as how the various “homeric” texts came down into the texts we know today as the Iliad and the Odyssey.

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Homer: Episode 2

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In this episode, Dr. Fleming gives a brief history of Greece to give more context for the opening of the Iliad, pre-Mycenean and Mycenean periods, the dark age, and beyond.

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Homer: Episode 1

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In this episode, Dr. Fleming explains the purpose of this series and how the Greeks read Homer: both as scripture and as history.