By Dr. Erica McCrystal
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In Villains 101, Dr. Erica McCrystal welcomes you to an audio lecture hall where you will discover the history behind some of the greatest villains of literature and media. Dr. McCrystal discusses different critical perspectives and interpretations of a new villain in each episode. She also looks at the ways in which the villain has been adapted, as each adaptation helps build a better understanding of the character.
||CleanMaleficent||In adapting an old fairy tale, Disney created a truly menacing villainness for Sleeping Beauty. This episode looks at the elements that make Maleficent a perfect villainness. It also analyzes her transformation into a heroine in the recent film...||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDracula||With Count Dracula, Bram Stoker created a perfect Gothic monster who arouses fear as he systemically tries to expand his vampire race. But Dracula can also be read as a victim who is hunted and attacked. Tune in to hear more about the history behind...||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHans Gruber||Hans Gruber, the mastermind behind the Nakatomi heist in the film Die Hard, is a brilliant villain. He is a fast thinker and a composed killer. In this episode, I examine the strategy, intellect, and skills of this great Christmastime villain.||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDarth Vader||The Star Wars film franchise has shown audiences the transformation of passionate, fiery Anakin Skywalker into evil, heartless Darth Vader. In this episode, I analyze Vader from political, philosophical, and psychological perspectives.||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr. Evil||While many villains are terrifying and keep the reader or audience in nervous anticipation, Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers film trilogy brings humor to villainy. This episode digs into a villain who struggles to fulfill his ridiculous plans but who...||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Joker||This episode brings a history and analysis of Batman's nemesis, the Joker. The Joker is an intriguing villain because he is unpredictable, wild, and irrational. This episode looks at different versions of the clown prince of crime in comics and film...||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFreddy Krueger||In Episode 3, Dr. McCrystal discusses Freddy Krueger from the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. This segment provides an analysis about how monstrosity is created and fueled, what kind of monster Freddy is, and where he is located.||10/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Wicked Witch of the West||The Wicked Witch of the West is an iconic villain who is popular in literature, film, and musical theatre. This episode discusses the ways that evil is manifested in an individual. The Wicked Witch has represented uncontrollable forces and evil...||10/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMr. Hyde||Episode 1 discusses Mr. Hyde from Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This segment focuses on degeneration and monstrosity in the nineteenth century and the ways in which Mr. Hyde has been adapted...||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|