Dune

Dune

 

Frank Herbert’s Dune stands not only as one of the pillars of 20th-century science fiction, but as one of the greatest achievements of fictional world-building.  Reading Dune is a fascinating and immersive experience, and in our discussions we will follow Paul Atreides as he first encounters and then merges with the strange ways of the planet Arrakis.  Whether you are a water-soft off-worlder visiting Arrakis for the first time or an experienced sand walker well accustomed to stillsuit discipline, our discussions should bring you to a new appreciation of Herbert’s great work.

Join Corey Olsen, the Tolkien Professor and the president of the Mythgard Institute, for an in-depth twelve-week study of Dune, the first volume in Frank Herbert’s series. As part of the Mythgard Academy series, the class is tuition-free and open to the public. The first 100 participants for each session are able to participate in the discussion live, and both video and audio recordings of the classes will be available on this web page, through the Mythgard podcast feed, and on our iTunes U course.

To help our students interact with each other and support one another in their learning, Mythgard provides several interaction opportunities. One is the chat available on this page (at the bottom right of this screen), which you can use to chat with other students during class. There is a little icon on the bottom left pane of the chat widget to open the chat in a separate window, which you should find useful. Next, we have a free forum open to all students, made possible through Signum University. We will use this forum as our class discussion board. You must register in order to use the forums, but this is a simple process of filling out the registration form (please note that the same registration is used for RITD and the Mythgard Academy, so you only need to register once!). Also, please go to the page and “Like” our Mythgard Academy Facebook page to get updates and reminders about the class.

Dune is available from Amazon and also available as an audiobook, as a movie, and a TV miniseries. A new documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune, describes another film version that was never produced.

 

CLASS SCHEDULE

This class will be on Wednesday nights! We had to change nights to coordinate with other Mythgard courses.

Week 1: Caladan
iTunes U: Get StartedRead: Book 1, 1-75
[stopping before the chapter with the epigram that begins: "With the Lady Jessica and Arrakis"]
Add the Podcast FeedVideo Recording
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Lecture Slides

Week 2: Arrakis
Read: Book 1, 76-157
[stopping before "On that first day when Muad'dib rode through"]
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Lecture Slides

Week 3: Mahdi
Read: Book 1, 158-236
[stopping before "There is no escape"]
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Lecture Slides

Week 4: Lisan-al-Gaib
Read: Book 1, 237-324
[stopping at the end of Book I]
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Lecture Slides

Week 5: Q&A Session 1
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Lecture Slides

Week 6: Atreides
Read: Book 2, 327-420
[stopping before "Family life of the Royal Creche"]
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Lecture Slides

Week 7: Paul-Muad’Dib
Read: Book 2, 421-500
[stopping before "God created Arrakis to train the faithful"]
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Lecture Slides

Week 8: Reverend Mother
Read: Book 2, 501-587
[stopping at the end of Book II]
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Week 9: Q&A Session 2
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Week 10: Fremen
Read: Book 3, 591-688
[stopping at "How often is it that the angry man"]
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Week 11: Kwisatz Haderach
Read: Book 3, 689-794
[through to the end!]
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Week 12: Q&A Session 3
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Note on readings: Dune‘s chapters, unfortunately, are not numbered, so it is difficult to indicate succinctly where the starting and ending points are for each class session.  Since many people are reading many different editions for the class, however, I have tried to provide a description of the endpoint of each class’s reading assignment.

 

Stay Involved

Like all Mythgard Academy classes, this course is made possible by the generosity of everyone who supported our fundraising campaign last fall through Indiegogo. The topics of our Academy classes are nominated and elected entirely by our generous donors. After their first foray into science fiction with Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, the Mythgard Academy electors have turned back to Tolkien, choosing to follow up this winter’s popular study of Unfinished Tales with The Book of Lost Tales I.

If you missed our fundraising campaign but would still like to take part in our class voting process to decide our future topics for the rest of the year, it isn’t too late! Check out the terms as laid out in the Indiegogo campaign (linked above), and then make your own contribution to us directly.
- Dr. Corey Olsen

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