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•FBOL is now on Patreon! Subscribe: http://www.patreon.com/fuckboisoflit• The podcast about the most groan-worthy, enraging, and sh*t characters in lit. Join host Emily Edwards and a guest for a weekly "book club" discussion on every book you wanted to destroy in English class, but couldn't. Classic literature of Europe and the Americas– everything from mythology to Victorian epics to the modernists– is hard to get through, and each week, we take on a frequently assigned book to talk about a ...
 
A podcast relishing the romantic, the sexy, and the scandalous in pop-culture. English PhD candidates by day and podcasters by night, hosts Ayanni and Corinne take a semi-scholarly look at why the “sex-stuff” in media matters in the bedroom—and beyond. Don't forget to subscribe to Sex. Love. Literature. on your favorite podcast platforms! You can find us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @SexLoveLit.
 
Jack the Giant-Killer, Tom Thumb, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, Henny Penny, Dick Whittington, The Three Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood and a host of immortal characters are found in this delightful collection of English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs. The book made its first appearance in 1890 and has remained a firm favorite with both young and old ever since. Fairy tales have traditionally emanated from France and Germany. The famous compilations by La Fontaine and the Brothers Grimm have o ...
 
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On today's episode, Julia teaches Fern about revenge tragedy and Shakespeare's favorite Star Wars character, Maul. Julia and Fern discuss the elements of a revenge tragedy, Maul's backstory, and the ultimate fate of all revengers. Essential questions: What makes Maul a revenger? What stops the cycle of revenge? And what would have happened if Maul …
 
Lauren Emily Whalen (@LaurenEmilyWri) joins us this week to discuss the Shakespearean sex farce LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST. Everyone loves a strong, saucy lady PLUS at least two scenes of masks! What's not to love about this play? Listen to the full hour-long episode on Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/fuckboisoflit Order Lauren’s book based on THE WINTER…
 
Today we talk about a very important novel, Beloved by Toni Morrison. Because of the serious topics covered in this book, we are taking a break from our usual comedy podcast to delve into the context of the setting, during and after slavery in the American south. You can hear a more in-depth analysis of these topics over on The Stacks - Episode 60.…
 
We know we've been missing in action for a hot minute, so this episode we let you know what's been going on in our lives and check in about what media has been ✨sparking joy✨. We've been doing everything from playing video games, to reading Webtoons and (gasp!) actual books, to (of course) watching KDramas. This episode has a little something for e…
 
We’ve long maintained that Graphic Novels and comics **are** literature, so it should come as no surprise that we’re discussing this guy today. He’s one of the most successful ONSCREEN comic book translations we’ve ever seen. He has everything-- pathos, motive, historical context, and pecs that just won’t quit. What else could we ask for? Follow An…
 
From the archive: Technically one of our first episodes EVER, Andy Michaels (@StopThatAndy/@AtomicGhost85) and Thom Dunn (@thomdunn) joined us to discuss the various Fuckbois of Graphic Novels in the classic series THE X-MEN. Andy will be back this week to discuss Wolverine, and Thom will be back later this season to discuss READY PLAYER ONE by Ern…
 
CW: sexual assault, incest, trauma, abusive relationships, homophobia GET THE FULL EPISODE: PATREON.COM/FUCKBOISOFLIT If you hate the modernists as much as I do, you'll want to click away. But don't! This is one of the first books in which we can watch a real-life fuckboi of literature grapple with the way he has hurt and continues to hurt the peop…
 
My guest, Rob Walker (@timidwerewolf) gets into a discussion of hope and beauty while discussing the PTSD manifesto from Kurt Vonnegut. CW: Fat-shaming, torture, murder, war, PTSD SUMMARY Billy Pilgrim is an optometrist from Ilium, New York who is living with the memories of his time as a POW from World War II. This manifests as a consciousness tha…
 
Sylvia Plath scholar Emily Van Duyne (@EmilyVanDuyne) is here to discuss the complex and interlinked legacies of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. CONTENT WARNINGS: suicide (obviously), physical abuse, adultery. Normally I give a quick bullet points of what we discuss in the episode, but it's here that I have to say: we discuss everything. Legacy, outsi…
 
The extended episode on FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS discusses truth, fiction, and how people can break down power structures. But in this 10 minute segment, my guest Danielle Ryan (@danirat) and I talk about all the people who see the exposed power structures in the prose of white male writers and… embrace it. And become a part of it. Become a p…
 
**This episode first aired in October 2019** Content warnings: violence, rape, torture We are re-posting our episode on A CLOCKWORK ORANGE in preparation for the 2021 airing of an episode of FEAR + LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS by Hunter S. Thompson. Books of kindred spirit, FEAR + LOATHING was published roughly a decade after CLOCKWORK ORANGE appeared in …
 
Greetings, Attic Wives and Lit witches, I'm the host of Fuckbois of Literature, Emily Edwards. [music] Thank you so much for tuning in, and sticking around. FBOL is the ultimate comedy podcast about books, and the shittiest people in lit. In case you haven’t noticed, we like to keep it casual, with informed but not academic takes on books, often la…
 
• Follow FBOL on Twitter: twitter.com/fuckboisoflit Our dear friend Val (@whiskeyandspite) is back for a discussion on abuse, gaslighting, and class through the lens of George Bernard Shaw's PYGMALION. CW for endless emotional abuse. SUMMARY Poverty-stricken flowerseller, Eliza Doolittle, is the subject of a bet between Henry Higgins and his friend…
 
In this special "mini" episode, Julia and Fern discuss their recent trip to Disneyland's Star Wars-themed park, Galaxy's Edge. They discuss the concept of transmedia, specifically how Star Wars exists in multiple forms: movies, TV series, books, video games, and now, amusement parks. How does Galaxy's Edge function as a greater part of the intertex…
 
• Follow FBOL on Twitter: twitter.com/fuckboisoflit Hey attic wives and lit witches and welcome to Fuckbois of Literature, I’m Emily Edwards. Since I found out a lot of y’all are still subscribed on our free platforms, I wanted to give you a little taste of our TWILIGHT episode. In this excerpt, Strats and I discuss the inherent grossness of Vampir…
 
In the second installment of our podcast keyword mini-series, we continue our reflection on the first year of SLL and ask the question, “Why Love?” We get into the entanglement of sex and romance, our favorite (and least favorite) romance tropes, and other kinds of love that matter to us in the stories we read, watch, and share. (If you took a shot…
 
• Follow FBOL on Twitter: twitter.com/fuckboisoflit Becca from the blog BOOK WITH WITH BECCA (@bec_here) is my guest this week to have another discussion, more nuanced on my part, about what I refer to as "the Internet's favorite book," aka, Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. As it turns out, everyone's kinda shitty in this book but it's still very…
 
• Follow FBOL on Twitter: twitter.com/fuckboisoflit If you’re a longtime listener, you know by now that I don’t pick the books we do every episode, the guest does. Mostly that’s so the onus of reading or rereading fresh for the recording session is on me; people normally choose books they love or have recently finished in order to not have to read …
 
In this week's episode, Fern teaches the class about queer coding! Join us as we delve into the history of queer coding and discuss queerbaiting, the Hays Code, and compulsory heterosexuality. Why do so many Star Wars fans think Luke Skywalker is gay? Why does Sabine Wren's dyed hair indicate queerness? And how can we read Ahsoka Tano as a queer fi…
 
Catherine and Steve discuss how they are spending their summer "vacation" reflecting on the past year and preparing for the year upcoming. Intro and Outro music: "Just smile" by LiQWYD https://soundcloud.com/liqwyd​ Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Download / Stream: https://hypeddit.com/link/xxtopb…
 
Join us for the first of our meta-mini-series on our titular keywords, "Why 'Sex'?" Instead of looking at a particular text, we reflect on the first year of SLL. We chat about our research, the ways we approach questions about sex, and the complexities of desire and desirability. (While you're listening, see if you can count how many accidental sex…
 
This episode, we’re joined by Frannie and Sophie, hosts of the Girls Like Us podcast, to chat Casey McQuiston’s runaway hit novel, Red, White, and Royal Blue. The four of us talk queer romance, political fantasy--and what it is that makes so many english majors want to start a podcast! You can find GLU on Instagram and Twitter (@GirlsLikeUsShow), a…
 
This week, Julia teaches Fern about Faustian bargains and deals with the devil! We discuss the plot and themes of Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, the Dark Side and Sith apprenticeship, and Sidious's role as Star Wars Satan. Do Sidious's apprentices (Maul, Dooku, and Vader) sell their souls when they turn to the Dark Side? How do these charact…
 
Catherine and Steve count down their favorite similes, metaphors, and images as they wrap up their discussion of The Great Gatsby. Intro and Outro music: "Just smile" by LiQWYD https://soundcloud.com/liqwyd​ Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Download / Stream: https://hypeddit.com/link/xxtopb…
 
This week, Fern and Julia go back to the basics as Fern teaches the class about story structure! We discuss Freytagian story structure (Freytag's Pyramid: Barely a Triangle™️), traditional vs. experimental structures, and linear and modular storytelling. When does a story benefit from a non-linear structure? What is the value of experimental storyt…
 
This week we talk about Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake, including hot takes such as: exploitation is bad, the humanities matter, and your teen's internet activity might be able to tell you if they're a psychopath. Chantelle also speaks out in defense of sci fi. (Did it need to be defended? Let's find out.)…
 
In this special episode, we’re joined by the delightful Dr. Leah Phillips to chat Tamora Pierce’s lasting legacy on the landscape of young adult literature, especially as it relates to sex. Join us as we cover everything from Alanna’s first period, to the sex appeal of Nawat the crow man, to some magical butt stuff (lol). If you love the fantastica…
 
Catherine and Steve discuss the value of handwritten journaling, text annotation, and real, physical books in our increasingly digital age. Intro and Outro music: "Just smile" by LiQWYD https://soundcloud.com/liqwyd​ Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Download / Stream: https://hypeddit.com/link/xxtopb…
 
In this week’s episode of Star Wars English Class, Julia teaches Fern about unreliable narrators! But to learn about unreliable narrators, we must first learn about story, plot, and narration (spoiler alert: that’s not the only list of three things in this week’s episode). How can the same story be told in different ways by different narrators? Wha…
 
Marci and Ako, the hosts of the PHENOMENAL podcast Colored Pages Book Club, join host Emily Edwards to discuss the intensely traumatic Tennessee Williams play, A Streetcar Named Desire. This is FBOL's final FULL, PUBLIC episode. For more, subscribe for $1 at our patreon: Patreon.com/fuckboisoflit In this episode we discuss: The hidden bigotry of th…
 
Steve and Catherine continue their close reading of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby with a deep-dive into Gatsby's parties and a discussion of "bonds" as the novel's guiding metaphor. Intro and Outro music: "Just smile" by LiQWYD https://soundcloud.com/liqwyd​ Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Download / Stream: https:/…
 
Come along as we go way back in time…or back a decade anyway, to the early 2010’s! In this La Petite SLL, we tackle the 2011 romantic comedy Crazy. Stupid. Love. Described by Corinne as “comfort film adjacent,” this classic film makes us think about how re-visiting the old rom coms we love can highlight the ways attitudes toward sex, romance, and e…
 
Roald Dahl, the author of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, THE WITCHES, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH and over a dozen other books for children, had a complicated past as Her Majesty's secret sexy spy, a constant philanderer, and a long and storied history of antisemitism. A short biography and introduction to the life of Roald Dahl. Transcript avail…
 
Marci and Ako, the hosts of the PHENOMENAL podcast Colored Pages Book Club, join host Emily Edwards to discuss the intensely traumatic Tennessee Williams play, A Streetcar Named Desire. CONTENT WARNINGS: Rape, sexual assault, sex work, domestic violence, addiction In this episode we discuss: America's mutable definition of whiteness White female co…
 
Catherine and Steve barely scratch the surface of the imagery and figurative language in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Intro and Outro music: "Just smile" by LiQWYD https://soundcloud.com/liqwyd​ Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Download / Stream: https://hypeddit.com/link/xxtopb…
 
In this episode, Fern teaches Julia about Camp! Camp is a mode of aestheticism that focuses on exaggeration, artifice, and playfulness. It is, according to Susan Sontag, “the good taste of bad taste,” a way of looking at a text that encourages readers to be “serious about the frivolous, frivolous about the serious.” Is Star Wars, with all its focus…
 
This past week, a confluence of events had us considering "the magic of childhood"- from Supreme Court rulings to Peter Pan winning Fuckboi Fever, but then that Orlando Sentinal Op-Ed about the Magic of Disney sent us over the top. We get a little heavy, but I promise the next Term Paper episode will be lighter. For a transcript, visit: https://www…
 
Catherine and Steve discuss the enduring popularity of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel and how they introduce it to students. Intro and Outro music: "Just smile" by LiQWYD https://soundcloud.com/liqwyd​ Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Download / Stream: https://hypeddit.com/link/xxtopb…
 
Episode Content Warning: Discussion of sexual assault, violence against women, and suicide. For our 10th episode, we dive into Emerald Fennell's Oscar Award winning revenge-thriller Promising Young Woman. The conversation takes a turn toward the academic as we think on consent, unpack the curious nature of rape-revenge films, and sort through our c…
 
In our second half of our discussion about Oscar Wilde and THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, guest Claire Willett (@ClaireWillett) muses on how Oscar would have reacted to r/relationships posts, the sanctity of a name, and how we have to remember Wilde as more than just Victorian England's greatest purveyor of quips and jokes.…
 
Writer Claire Willett (@clairewillett) joins host Emily Edwards for an in-depth conversation about Oscar Wilde, puns, and the duality of personality in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. Follow Fuckbois of Lit: On Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fuckboisoflit On Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/fuckboisoflit BE A PATRON! http://www.patreon.com/fuc…
 
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