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NEWS: Academics reveal history behind monster myths and legends for Netflix Series

By ChiUni 09 Jan 2018

THE history of legendary tales from European mythology has been revealed by two University of Chichester lectures as part of a new Netflix series released this month.

Myths and Monsters, available from Saturday 23 December, unearths the unexpected stories of the world’s most popular myths. Dr Miles Leeson and Dr Paul Quinn, of the Department of English, Creative Writing, History and Politics, appear in the six-part series.

The academics were approached by Netflix producers following their research at the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales, and Fantasy which is based at the University. It provides a forum for writers and scholars to study mythology and other traditional stories.

Dr Leeson, a Senior Lecturer in English literature, said: “It was great to work with the team from 3DD productions to share the work that is being undertaken at the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales, and Fantasy based at Chichester. Paul and I spent two hours each being interviewed by them crew discussing myths and folklore tropes from across Europe, and we're looking forward to seeing what the finished series looks like later in the month.”
Myths and Monsters, presented by English actor Nicholas Day, investigates the mythic landscape of Europe and the origins of it most famous legends to reveal why they have endured so long. Episode one, Heroes and Villains, explores the extraordinary Slavic story of Ivan and Koschei the Deathless, the origins of King Arthur and wizard Merlin, and the journey of Odysseus as he resists the Sirens’ songs.

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