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Unseen Academicals: A Discworld and Pratchett Podcast

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A monthly examination of Terry Pratchett's Discworld book series from an academic perspective, hosted by literature scholars Joshua Bulleid and Alice Capstick. Episode Transcripts and Bibliographies: https://monash.academia.edu/JoshuaBulleid/Podcasts Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/unseenacademicals Contact: unseenacademicalspod@gmail.com A Doctor Prometheus podcast.

A monthly examination of Terry Pratchett's Discworld book series from an academic perspective, hosted by literature scholars Joshua Bulleid and Alice Capstick. Episode Transcripts and Bibliographies: https://monash.academia.edu/JoshuaBulleid/Podcasts Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/unseenacademicals Contact: unseenacademicalspod@gmail.com A Doctor Prometheus podcast.

Location:

Australia

Description:

A monthly examination of Terry Pratchett's Discworld book series from an academic perspective, hosted by literature scholars Joshua Bulleid and Alice Capstick. Episode Transcripts and Bibliographies: https://monash.academia.edu/JoshuaBulleid/Podcasts Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/unseenacademicals Contact: unseenacademicalspod@gmail.com A Doctor Prometheus podcast.

Language:

English


Episodes

8 – Mort

5/7/2022
We kick off our examination of the Death series with 1987's Mort, exploring evolving representations of Death, fantastical and comedic bildungsromen, Dickensian parody and subverted heroes' journeys.

Duration:02:09:59

PREVIEW: Mort

5/1/2022
Preview for episode 8 of Unseen Academicals, discussing 1987's Mort and exploring evolving representations of Death, fantastic and comedic bildungsromen, Dickensian parody and subverted heroes' journeys.

Duration:00:49:15

Wotcher' Been Readin? April, 2022

4/25/2022
Another episode of our bonus pre-show Wotcher' Been Reading? wherein we discuss: The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk The Mortal Instruments seriesby Cassandra Clare The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman and then an extended bonus section about all the crazy shit that happens in Stephen King's Dark Tower series.

Duration:00:25:22

We Ate'nt Dead!

4/3/2022
A quick update about the podcast schedule.

Duration:00:05:20

7B – Carpe Jugulum - Part 2

2/20/2022
Our long-awaited second episode on Carpe Jugulum, covering the literary development of the vampire from the early-nineteenth century through to the publication of Carpe Jugulum almost two hundred years later in 1998 and beyond! We discuss Lord Byron (a lot) and his influence on the early vampire characterisation and his influence on other nineteenth-century vampire texts, including the unjustly overlooked Varney the Vampire as well as the more influential Carmilla and Dracula. (After moving...

Duration:02:18:37

Wotcher' Been Readin? January, 2022

2/12/2022
Preview episdoe for our Patreon bonus show Wotcher' Been Reading? where Alice and I discuss the non-Discworld things we've been reading recently. Support Unseen Acemicals at patreon.com/doctorprometheuspod to get access to this show and our other bonus content.

Duration:00:07:31

PREVIEW: Carpe Jugulum, Part 2

2/12/2022
Unlock the full 2-hour episode now at patreon.com/doctorprometheuspod

Duration:00:34:42

Call for Witches Series Responses

1/4/2022
Send your questions and comments to unseenacademicalspod@gmail.com I know the book's called Hogfather not Hogswatch!

Duration:00:02:17

7A – Carpe Jugulum - Part 1

11/20/2021
Episode 7A of Unseen Academicals, discussing Carpe Jugulum and exploring Pratchett's subversion of the triple goddess, magpie rhymes, Gothic landscapes, modernisation, notions of progress, "quilted" signifiers and more! We were going to do a deep dive in to the history of the vampire a a literary type in this episode as well, but we haven't had time to record it yet and I think there's enough in this first part for i to be its own episode, so all the vampire stuff will come in parts 2 and 3!

Duration:01:08:24

Of the Devil's Party – Manfred, by Lord Byron

10/24/2021
Did you know Alice does another podcast called Of the Devil's Party, where they and their friend Rowan do a deep dive into dark hero archetypes? It's really good. You should listen to it! ...It also might help explain what all this "Byronic" stuff we keep talking about is. On this bonus/preview episode Alice and Rowan begin their discussion of Gothic villains by examining Byron’s 1817 closet drama Manfred and its debt to the Gothic tradition. The pair discuss Byron’s life, work, and...

Duration:01:54:25

6 – Maskerade

10/9/2021
We discuss Maskerade, exploring the origins triple goddess, the many guises of The Phantom of the Opera,distinctions between high and low culture, the gentrification of opera, masks, physical appearances, the archetype of the Gothic Villain and its theatrical transformation into a Romantic Hero of Sensibility and more! Episode Transcripts and Bibliographies: https://monash.academia.edu/JoshuaBulleid/Podcasts Alice's other podcast, Of the Devil's Party:...

Duration:02:23:59

Maskerade (preview)

9/25/2021
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Duration:00:20:02

A Midsummer Night's Dream by Neil Gaiman (Preview)

9/11/2021
Preview for our first ever bonus episode of Unseen Academicals, covering issue 19 of Neil Gaiman's comic series The Sandman: "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1991). We compare Gaiman's treatment of Shakespeare's titular play to that of Pratchett's Lords and Ladies (1992), while examining the history of Shakespeare in comics and fairy illustration, the Faerie connections to the underworld, Faustian bargains, the history of Puck and his "reverse Pandora," Tolkien's opinions on fantasy and drama,...

Duration:00:31:15

5B – Lords and Ladies - Part 2

8/28/2021
Our second part on Lords and Ladies, exploring evolving literary and cultural representations of elves and fairies through the works of William Shakespeare, J. R. R. Tolkien, T. H. White, Lord Dunsany, Rudyard Kipling and more! Referenced transcripts: independentresearcher.academia.edu/JoshuaBulleid/Podcasts Contact: unseenacademicalspod@gmail.com Alice's other podcast, Of the Devil's Party: https://ofthedevilsparty.sounder.fm/ Support: patreon.com/doctorprometheuspod

Duration:01:28:44

PREVIEW: Lords and Ladies - Part 2

8/14/2021
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Duration:00:20:40

5A – Lords and Ladies - Part 1

7/31/2021
The first of two episodes on Lords and Ladies (1992), covering quantum continuities, simulacra warrior queens, performative dressing, glamour, the ethics of borrowing, vegetarianism, pagan landmarks, horny gods and more! Referenced transcripts: independentresearcher.academia.edu/JoshuaBulleid/Podcasts Contact: unseenacademicalspod@gmail.com Alice's other podcast, Of the Devil's Party: https://ofthedevilsparty.sounder.fm/ Support: patreon.com/doctorprometheuspod

Duration:01:26:41

Lords and Ladies - Part 1 (preview)

7/17/2021
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Duration:00:26:38

4C – Witches Abroad - Part 3

7/3/2021
We wrap up our extended coverage of Witches Abroad with an examination of mirrors in feminist literature and fairytale revisions, Lilith's origins, Granny's cultural chauvinism, Mrs Gogol, Carnival and the power of parody in combating postmodern pastiche. Referenced transcripts: independentresearcher.academia.edu/JoshuaBulleid/Podcasts Contact: unseenacademicalspod@gmail.com Alice's other podcast, Of the Devil's Party: https://ofthedevilsparty.sounder.fm/ Support:...

Duration:01:28:29

Witches Abraod – Part 3 (preview)

6/19/2021
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Duration:00:08:40

4B – Witches Abroad - Part 2

6/12/2021
The Oggisms continue as we explore the cultural impact and implications of fairy tales featured in the Genua section of Witches Abroad, including Cinderella, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Rumpelstiltskin and Disney itself. We also figure out what simulacras are all about and whether Nala stands a chance in a Disney Princess Deathbattle. Apologies for the clicking sound that shows up intermittently on Alice's mic. Other than that though, the sound is perfect! Referenced transcripts:...

Duration:01:26:53