The Great Courses: World Literature
Books in series5
ORIGINAL
(4.3 based on 300 ratings)
  • A Day's Read | The Great Courses

    A Day's Read

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Arnold Weinstein, Professor Emily Allen, Professor Grant L. Voth
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Join three literary scholars and award-winning professors as they introduce you to dozens of short masterpieces that you can finish - and engage with - in a day or less. Perfect for people with busy lives who still want to discover-or rediscover-just how transformative an act of reading can be, these 36 lectures range from short stories of fewer than 10 pages to novellas and novels of around 200 pages. Despite their short length, these works are powerful examinations of the same subjects and themes that longer "great books" discuss.

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

  • The History of World Literature | The Great Courses

    The History of World Literature

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Grant L. Voth
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Whether around the campfire, between the covers of a great book, or in the theater, the desire to tell stories has been a common human impulse for thousands of years. These 48 lectures take you on a journey through time and around the world-from the enormous auditoriums of ancient Greece to a quiet study in the home of a 19th-century New England spinster - to introduce the history of world literature. In this course, you'll sample some of the greatest literary expressions the world has known and experience storytelling in its many forms, including poetry, drama, and narrative.

    highly recommended!

    This is an encyclopaedia of Literature of the World, told with a great knowledge, insight and passion! I loved everything about this edition- the sele..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 13 2014 by Victoria (Provo, UT, United States)
  • Masterpieces of Short Fiction | The Great Courses

    Masterpieces of Short Fiction

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Michael Krasny
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    More than simply a shorter version of the novel, the short story is a unique and rewarding literary form in itself. It offers a world in miniature faithfully captured by the author's mastery of character, plot, setting, image, and theme. The time it takes to read a short story may be brief, but its impact lasts much longer. Short story writers see by the light of the flash," says author and Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer. "Theirs is the art of the only thing that one can be sure of-the present moment."

    A Few New Ideas for Short Fiction

    I enjoyed getting another point of view for stories I often teach.

    Reviewed on December 18 2013 by David L. Wilson (Greenville, SC)
  • Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature | The Great Courses

    Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Thomas A. Shippey
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (225)

    Odysseus. Robinson Crusoe. Harry Potter. What do these memorable characters have in common? Why do we turn to certain stories again and again? And what impact have they made on world history? These 24 eye-opening lectures give fresh insight into some of the greatest heroes in world literature, from warriors such as Beowulf and Odysseus to unexpected heroes such as Uncle Tom and Sancho Panza. Professor Shippey gives you an inside glimpse into the writer's process.

    Outstanding! Myth, Legend & History Come Alive

    I have done so several times! This is the Great Courses lecture I have most enjoyed listening to (and I have listened to quite a few). Professor Sh..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 18 2014 by SC in SC ()
  • 36 Books That Changed the World | The Great Courses

    36 Books That Changed the World

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Andrew R. Wilson, Brad S. Gregory, Charles Kimball, and others
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Certain works of literature, history, science, philosophy, political theory and religion offer powerful examples of how books can spark revolutions, birth great religions, spur scientific advancements, shape world economies, teach us new ways of thinking, and much more. And with this fascinating collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, you can now get a single course that represents 36 of our best lectures on literary works that changed the world.

    Good Except One Lecture

    Print version is not available so cannot comment on this.

    Reviewed on September 12 2014 by Rekha Reddy (Bangalore, India)