Genre Fiction
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  • Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature |  The Great Courses

    Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Pamela Bedore
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    Can literature change our real world society? At its foundation, utopian and dystopian fiction asks a few seemingly simple questions aimed at doing just that. Who are we as a society? Who do we want to be? Who are we afraid we might become? When these questions are framed in the speculative versions of Heaven and Hell on earth, you won't find easy answers, but you will find tremendously insightful and often entertaining perspectives.

    Great subject, not so great instructor

    Her ostentatious pronunciation of French names ranks among history's most awful crimes, and it seems strange that an expert in genre fiction would not..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 01 2017 by Amazon Customer ()
  • The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction |  The Great Courses

    The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction

    • ORIGINAL (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David Schmid
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    Great mystery and suspense writers have created some of the most unforgettable stories in all of literature. Even those who don't consider themselves fans of this intriguing genre are familiar with names such as Hercule Poirot, Sam Spade, Hannibal Lecter, and Robert Langdon, and understand the deep and lasting impact this writing has had on literature as a whole.

    I Admit I Cut a Few Classes

    This course might have been better off with 30 or even 24 lectures instead of these 36 too-often painfully repetitious segments. Although the course o..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 05 2016 by Carol (Massachusetts)
  • How Great Science Fiction Works |  The Great Courses

    How Great Science Fiction Works

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Gary K. Wolfe
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    Robots, spaceships, futuristic megacities, planets orbiting distant stars. These icons of science fiction are now in our daily news. Science fiction, once maligned as mere pulp, has motivated cutting-edge scientific research, inspired new technologies, and changed how we view everyday life - and its themes and questions permeate popular culture. Take an unparalleled look at the influence, history, and greatest works of science fiction with illuminating insights and fascinating facts about this wide-ranging genre.

    Deserves a Hugo of Its Own

    After listening to these 24 lectures by Professor Gary Wolfe, I think the Hugo Awards for outstanding achievement in science fiction writing needs a n..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 01 2016 by Carol (Massachusetts)