Dr. Jonas Prida’s new book, “Conan Meets the Academy: Multidisciplinary Essays on the Enduring Barbarian,” has been published by McFarland Press. Jonas is an assistant professor of English at CSJ.
Jonas’ book contains 10 essays from various sources exploring the figure of Conan the Barbarian. The book is divided into two parts: the first group of essays looks at the original Conan, as written by Robert Howard and published in the 1930s pulp magazine Weird Tales. The second part investigates the culture figure of Conan in video games, movies, folklore and parody.
The collection draws from a variety of academic perspectives: There are some traditional literary discussions, a stylometry [statistical analysis of texts] paper, cultural studies papers, gender studies work, and a folklore paper.
The book is available both through McFarland and Amazon.