Conan Meets the Academy: Multidisciplinary Essays on the Enduring Barbarian

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Robert E. Howard penned a series of fantasy stories in 1932 featuring Conan, a hulking warrior from Cimmeria who roamed the mythical Hyborian Age landscape engaging in heroic adventures. More than the quirky manifestation of Depression-era magazines, Conan the Barbarian has endured as a cultural mainstay for over 70 years. This multidisciplinary collection offers the first scholarly investigation of Conan, from Howard's early stories, through midcentury novels and Arnold Schwarzenegger's iconic films, to the 2011 cinematic remake of Conan the Barbarian. Drawing on disciplines such as stylometry, archeology, cultural and folklore studies and literary history, the essays examine statistical analyses of the words in Conan texts, the literary genesis of Conan, later-day parodies, Conan video games, and much more. This volume reveals the hidden scholarly depth of this seemingly unsophisticated fictional character.

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Jonas Prida is Assistant Provost at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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"Takes a variety of approaches to the topic, including archaeology, cultural studies, folklore, and literary history"--Communication Booknotes Quarterly
"This collection of 10 essays explores Robert Howard's Conan the Barbarian from the persepctives of stylometry, cultural studies, archaeology, folklore studies and literary history" --Reference & Research Book News

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