We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
From Plato to Post-modernism: Understanding the Essence of Literature and the Role of the Author Lecture
From Plato to Post-modernism: Understanding the Essence of Literature and the Role of the Author
Written by: 
The Great Courses
Narrated by: 
Professor Louis Markos
From Plato to Post-modernism: Understanding the Essence of Literature and the Role of the Author Lecture

From Plato to Post-modernism: Understanding the Essence of Literature and the Role of the Author

Regular Price:$34.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Any lover of Shakespeare or the Romantic poets can concede that poetry is pleasurable. But is it good for you? Can it teach you anything? These are questions that have beguiled and engaged eminent critics for millennia, and now you can develop your own answers and options with these 24 lectures.

The source of poetry's wellspring; the relationship between poetry and human progress; the possible truths (and lies) involved in the literary arts; the role of the author; these lectures tap into an enormous range of material to explore these and other provocative issues. You'll follow the strands of this "conversation" between philosophy and the literary arts down the millennia, profiting from in-depth analyses of works by Plato, Aristotle, Horace, Sir Philip Sidney, Dryden, Pope, Wordsworth, Shelley, Coleridge, Matthew Arnold, T.S. Eliot, Northrop Frye, Foucault, Derrida, and more.

Throughout these lectures, you'll meet the poet in many guises. These include: the divine poet (a supernatural creator who transcends the laws of nature), the alchemical poet (the inspired individual who fuses humanity's divided nature into one), the common poet (the poet who roots himself or herself in the real world and speaks for the common individual), the playful poet (who champions sensitivity of feeling, contradictory truths, and uncertainties), and the prisoner poet (who's a product of, and a slave to, his or her own subconscious suppositions).

By concentrating on critical reflections about poetry - the oldest of the literary arts - you'll come away with lessons on how to understand literature, and all of the arts, more generally. More importantly, you'll be prepared to join in these critical conversations yourself.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©1999 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)1999 The Great Courses

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (33 )
5 star
 (24)
4 star
 (4)
3 star
 (3)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
4.4 (26 )
5 star
 (18)
4 star
 (4)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.5 (26 )
5 star
 (18)
4 star
 (4)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Jennifer 01-01-15
    Jennifer 01-01-15 Member Since 2007

    MedWonk

    HELPFUL VOTES
    18
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    82
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Passionate Profesdor"

    Unless you were an English Literature major, you probably never considered poetry or fictional prose in this way. Perhaps you've heard of critical theory but weren't sure what it was. Maybe you've encountered it in the context of philosophy, political science, or linguistics, but these contexts are spin-offs of the original, which is poetical literature.
    Does poetry matter to society? Can a poetical work be sublime and timeless, or is it always a mere transient expression of a social niche? To what extent do poems reflect the author's original thinking rather than the social influences on the author? Do critics of poetical literature add value for readers?
    The professor knows these are unfamiliar questions to anyone who did not major in literature, and he is excited to convey them to.a lay audience. His voice is always clear, animated, and easy to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 04-12-14
    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 04-12-14 Member Since 2016

    Audiobook addict.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1168
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    283
    98
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    218
    9
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very good until it it gets to the 20th Century"

    Professor Markos is a passionate teacher on the history of poetry. I was a little disappointed that he was only covering poetry when I started the course, but quickly got engrossed in his lectures because he has organized the course very well and so some of the more difficult concepts of that emerge in the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries were very well explained.

    However, when Prof. Markos gets to the 20th century, it becomes very clear just how disenchanted he is with even modernity, not to mention post-modernity. His derision is obvious and unhelpful. Primarily because, for instance, people like Derrida are some of the hardest philosophers to understand when it comes to literature. I could have used less derision and more information.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  •  
    David 08-11-15
    David 08-11-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Be warned"

    The title and description of this great course is misleading. There is very little at all regarding the role of the author. Also, much of the material was completely ruined for me by the professor's pre-occupation with his own Christian worldview. The lectures are less about the "essence of literature and the role of the author" than they are about his own (inaccurate) views of many philosophers and a lot of bizarre Christian apologetics. I wouldn't recommend this course to someone looking for a general history of literary theory.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 12-24-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    30
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "More Phil than Lit - Christian Op re Evolution"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The class was not what i expected, however, the information was actually better. I enjoyed the philosophical approach even though I was expecting more specific references to literature and authors. I listen again to many of the lectures in the future. My issue with the class: Professor Markos makes evident that he has strong Christian beliefs, that is not a problem. The problem arises in the 21st lecture when he states that evolution and creationism are both myths - neither can be proved. This is an opinion that is stated as a fact. To state that evolution may occur within a species but there is no proof of any general evolution should be followed with a disclaimer that it is his opinion based on his religion. Otherwise, a very informative class.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jean Payens New York City 04-15-16
    Jean Payens New York City 04-15-16 Member Since 2015

    Paladin

    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    26
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "As a philosopher"

    I can say that this is one of the best/most accurate portrayals of not only the arts but of objective truths. Bravo

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Max Pynchon Mission Hills, CA USA 03-27-16
    Max Pynchon Mission Hills, CA USA 03-27-16 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great series of lectures by the brilliant Louis Markos"

    Louis Markos is an amazing lecturer and Professor and this expansive course brought me back to the place I love -- studying literature. But it is Prof Markos that made it work for me. I'm going to get his other course. INSPIRING!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gina Marcucci 12-05-15

    Gina

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Worthwhile Listening"
    Would you consider the audio edition of From Plato to Post-modernism: Understanding the Essence of Literature and the Role of the Author to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed hearing the lectures as they were originally given.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The vast amount of information rendered.


    Any additional comments?

    I was amazed at how well this lecturer took us over such a great expanse of time and made sense of the paradigms and paradigm shifts in the field of literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lori Tian Sailiata/Lara Britt Walla Walla, Washinton 04-03-16
    Lori Tian Sailiata/Lara Britt Walla Walla, Washinton 04-03-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    110
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Aside from his views on feminism..."

    Prof Louis Markos makes no bones about his personal leanings. He is a long-time professor at an evangelical Christian college. But don't let that deter you if you are left-leaning like myself. There's plenty to love here. I intend to listen to this multiple times. My only displeasure is his dismissal of Feminist theory. But I can get my Kristeva hit elsewhere.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.