The Great Courses: World Literature
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  • 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
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    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.

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  • The History of World Literature

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Grant L. Voth
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    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.

    Kim says: "So interesting"
    So interesting

    I know this is really long, but if you have the time to invest, it's a great overview spanning all history. This professor is excellent!!!

    Reviewed on June 12 2014 by Kim ()
  • Masterpieces of Short Fiction

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Michael Krasny
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    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."

    David L. Wilson says: "A Few New Ideas for Short Fiction"
    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

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Thomas A. Shippey
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    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.

    Virginia says: "Seriously PERFECT"
    Seriously PERFECT

    Top! Such an interesting mix of characters and Professor Shippey is a wonderful professor. You couldn't ask for me in a lecture series.

    Reviewed on March 24 2014 by Virginia (Raleigh, NC, United States)