Sarah Thomas, Laurie Norris, and guest panelist Joe Cerniglia discuss Robert Jordon’s groundbreaking high fantasy series The Wheel of Time alongside season 1 of the Rafe Judkins television adaptation, currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
SPOILER ALERT/CONTENT WARNING:
- The books and the show are both high fantasy; so sex and violence do appear. We will be discussing some of these issues in this episode, so please keep this in mind as you’re choosing when/where to listen.
First encounters with high fantasy as a genre/Wheel of Time specifically
Brief background of the book series/TV show adaptation
How the series navigates some of the standard tropes of the genre, particularly its world-building
- Understanding of time
- Eastern/Western influences on world-building, cosmology
- Manichean, Daoist influences on cosmology
How the series comments on/responds to a Christian understanding of differences between men and women, sexuality, time, good/evil, etc.
Joe – How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas E. Woods
Laurie – “Siuan Sanche and Finding Transgender Experience in The Wheel of Time” by Sylas K Barrett
Sarah – Women of Hope: Doctors of the Church by Terry Polakovic