The Great Courses: World Literature
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  • 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

    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.

    Stories not included, only discussed

    The analysis is certainly very interesting and good but the short stories themselves are not actually read during the lectures. To properly enjoy thi..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 15 2016 by Julie Jester ()
  • 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

    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.

    Excellent introduction to world literature

    Yes, it's the kind of presentation that covers so much in a given time that going back and hearing it again always increases what the "reader" takes i..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 16 2014 by Richard (Riverside, CA, 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

    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

    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

    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.

    Cut and Paste version will disappoint!!

    This and its companion 36 Revolutionary Figures that Changed the World, is a compilation of material created for clearly different purposes and then p..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 16 2014 by george (Bathurst, Australia)
  • Great Mythologies of the World |  The Great Courses

    Great Mythologies of the World

    • ORIGINAL (31 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Grant L. Voth, Professor Julius H. Bailey, Professor Kathryn McClymond, and others

    The deep-seated origins and wide-reaching lessons of ancient myths built the foundation for our modern legacies. Explore the mythologies of Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Learn what makes these stories so important, distinctive, and able to withstand the test of time. Discover how, despite geographical implausibilities, many myths from across the oceans share themes, morals, and archetypes.

    Three Fantastic Lecturers, + one iffy one.

    Multi-lecturer courses are always prone to fluctuations in quality… But 3 out of 4 ain't bad!

    Kathryn McClymond covers the myths of ancient E..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 03 2015 by Christopher (BROOKLYN, NY, United States)