30 episodes

This podcast is aimed at a non-specialist audience interested in acquiring what Northrop Frye called, in the title of one of his books, an educated imagination. Its materials are drawn from the many courses in literature and mythology that I taught, combined with material from my book The Productions of Time, for which I hope the podcast may provide an accessible introduction, with concrete examples. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/michael-dolzani/support

Expanding Eyes: A Visionary Education Michael Dolzani

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This podcast is aimed at a non-specialist audience interested in acquiring what Northrop Frye called, in the title of one of his books, an educated imagination. Its materials are drawn from the many courses in literature and mythology that I taught, combined with material from my book The Productions of Time, for which I hope the podcast may provide an accessible introduction, with concrete examples. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/michael-dolzani/support

    Episode 30: The Bow Contest, the Showdown, and the Aftermath. Penelope’s Trick and the Reunion with Odysseus

    Episode 30: The Bow Contest, the Showdown, and the Aftermath. Penelope’s Trick and the Reunion with Odysseus

    The suitors’ self-humiliation, unable even to draw Odysseus’ bow. Odysseus shoots through 12 axe heads. The battle with the suitors and its aftermath. The hanging of the 12 treacherous maids, and the disposal of Melanthios. Penelope tricks Odysseus but proves he is really her husband. The joyful reunion.


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    • 31 min
    Ep. 29: How Odysseus Got His Name: The Episode of the Scar. The Bow Contest.

    Ep. 29: How Odysseus Got His Name: The Episode of the Scar. The Bow Contest.

    The famous episode telling how Odysseus was given his significant name by his grandfather Autolycus, a thief. Setting up strategies ahead of time to even the odds against the suitors. The bow contest.


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    • 36 min
    Ep. 28: The Reunion of Father and Son; Plotting and Disguises; Odysseus’s Old Dog Argos.

    Ep. 28: The Reunion of Father and Son; Plotting and Disguises; Odysseus’s Old Dog Argos.

    The moving and yet psychologically complex reunion of father and son in the hut of Eumaios. Devising strategies to make up for being greatly outnumbered. Odysseus meets his old dog Argos, a wonderful tearjerker in the midst of a heroic epic.


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    • 35 min
    Ep. 27: Athena’s Regard for Odysseus as Trickster and Liar; the Working-Class Hero Eumaios the Swineherd; Telemachus Returns to Ithaca.

    Ep. 27: Athena’s Regard for Odysseus as Trickster and Liar; the Working-Class Hero Eumaios the Swineherd; Telemachus Returns to Ithaca.

    Athena, in a famous scene, puts Odysseus on a level of equality with herself—as storyteller, liar, trickster. The power of stories that shape people’s view of reality. Eumaios the swineherd as a genuinely good man of lower-class origins. The return of Telemachus to Ithaca.


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    • 35 min
    Ep. 26: Odysseus Returns to Ithaca, the Halfway Point of the Odyssey

    Ep. 26: Odysseus Returns to Ithaca, the Halfway Point of the Odyssey

    The Wanderings, Books 9-12, suggest an underlying pattern of symbolic death to an old identity and birth of a new, often at a point of crisis in mid-life, as is true of both Odysseus and Dante in the Divine Comedy. For Odysseus, this involves a coming to terms with the feminine, portrayed by a remarkable spectrum of female figures ranging from the ideal to the ambiguous to the evil. The landing on Ithaca: the sense of a nexus of realities, of Odysseus crossing from the mythlike, dreamlike world of the Wanderings to the realistic world of his home island.


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    • 35 min
    Ep. 25: The Mythical Patterns of the Odyssey

    Ep. 25: The Mythical Patterns of the Odyssey

    Possible mythical patterns of death and rebirth to a new identity underlying the Odyssey, especially in the Wanderings, patterns that are universally human and not limited to exceptional heroes.


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    • 38 min

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