In This Labyrinth: The Phantom of the Opera In Erik's Times and Ours
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This podcast brings together my love for/obsession with The Phantom of the Opera and my academic background in Disability-centred intersectional analysis to explore Phantom, and what makes it resonate so powerfully with us Phans, in all its great depth and richness. It explores the vast wealth of symbolism, history, and, yes, even politics in and around the various incarnations of the story, and in and around the story's power over us. And in doing so, I hope this show will enrich others' Phanship as much as these explorations have enriched mine over the years I've been doing them in my academic work!
||CleanEpisode 9-the-angels-shadow: Review: The Angel's Shadow by Louise Anne Bateman||Review and discussion of Louise Anne Bateman's Phanfic novel The Angel's Shadow. Warning, spoiler alert! Also, CW for mild discussion of depression, suicide and sexuality.||12/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 08-masquerade-from-poe-to-alw: Masquerade: from Poe to ALW||In which I explore the masquerade scenes in POTO, and their relationship to the short story by Poe - Masque of the Red Death - that inspired them.||11/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7-my-power-over-you-grows-stronger-yet: My Power Over You Grows Stronger Yet!||In this episode, I talk about Phantom, Phanship and obsession!||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 06-your-spirit-and-my-voice: Your Spirit And My Voice!||Where I explore how Phantom shaped my Disabled identity and politics, in honour of Disability Pride 2018!||9/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 05-our-strange-duet: Our Strange Duet: The Oft Overlooked Power of the Title Song!||In which I nerd out on the awesome, multi-layered intricacies of the song entitled "The Phantom of the Opera" from the ALW stage-musical!||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 04-turning-from-true-beauty: Turning From True Beauty||In which I discuss some of the issues I have with the 2004 film adaptation of the ALW Phantom. Spoiler Alert!||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 03-that-man-and-mystery: That Man And Mystery: POTO and the Trouble With Normal part 2, ALW||Part 2 of my discussion of Phantom and the concept of "normal/normalcy" in which I talk about the ALW musical.||7/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRIP Gillian Lynne.||A short tribute to Gillian Lynne, the original choreographer of the ALW stage-musical of Phantom, who recently passed away at the age of 92.||7/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 02-poor-unhappy-erik: Poor, Unhappy Erik: POTO and the Trouble With Normal part 1, Leroux.||An exploration of the original novel of Phantom by Gaston Leroux in its historical context, and how the novel treats the concept of "normal"/"normalcy". Content warning for references to sexism, racism, colonial and ableist violence, and eugenics.||7/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 01-whose-is-the-face: Whose Is The Face In The Mask?||Introducing myself and the podcast!||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|