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In this course, Professor Michael D. C. Drout traces literature back to its ultimate sources in oral tradition. Drout shows us how works as varied as the Odyssey, Beowulf, the Finnish Kalevala, and epic songs from the former Yugoslavia were shaped by their origins as songs sung - and composed - before a live audience. Understanding the oral roots of these great works lets us see them in a whole new light. From classical texts to contemporary digital media, Drout demonstrates how the dynamics of oral tradition shape the verbal art that makes us who we are.

©2014 Michael D. C. Drout (P)2014 Crescite Group, LLC

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Interesting and insightful

As always, Professor Drout's enthusiasm made this a great read.
I've just started the Illiad so this series of lectures are very pertinent.

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Inspiring

Dr. Drout, we've never met, but I'm a student of yours. I've been listening to your lectures since I myself was in college and had to pick them up from the library.

I can tell your mentor ment a lot to you. The final lecture in this course made me tear up. I was an English teacher for ten years. Your lessons, and his, live on in my students. That's the consolation after losing a great teacher and mentor.

Thank you.

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Loved it. Listened while walking and was enriched by the stories and learning. Thank you.

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excellent

this is the missing jigsaw piece in mosy humanities programs. orality vs. text is a fundamental part of how our society communicates and Drout is surprisingly artuculate about it

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  • M. R. Albert
  • 08-24-21

Perfectible

In my humble oppinion, Professor Drout uses too many words to convey the information; besides, his classes lack a clear structure as he rambles too much. Therefore, his explanations are sometimes abstruse and difficult to follow. However, the information provided is very interesting and can hardly be found elsewhere. Perhaps he could have used the excess of words to give more examples. He talks too fast sometimes, but his voice and diction are pleasant.

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  • Patrick Francis
  • 01-03-20

Fascinating educational listening.

Each lecture was pretty mind-blowing in its own way. Scratching my arm now, craving more.