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    • The Modern Scholar

    • Way with Words: Writing Rhetoric and the Art of Persuasion
    • By: Professor Michael D. C. Drout
    • Narrated by: Professor Michael D. C. Drout
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Esteemed professor Michael D. C. Drout brings his expertise in literary studies to the subject of rhetoric. From history-altering political speeches to friendly debates at cocktail parties, rhetoric holds the power to change opinions, spark new thoughts, and ultimately change the world.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Very Unique Read...(J/K)

    • By Jade on 06-10-09

    Regular price: $49.95

    • The Modern Scholar

    • A Way With Words Part III: Grammar for Adults
    • By: Professor Michael D.C. Drout
    • Narrated by: Professor Michael D.C. Drout
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Since others judge you by the way you speak, the intricacies of grammar, in fact, should not be relegated to the realm of fussy "guardians of the language," but are rather essential clues all can employ to communicate more exactly. In such a light, this course forms an invaluable guide for everyone from all fields of interest.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable & Informative

    • By Cora on 06-25-16

    Regular price: $49.95

    • The Modern Scholar: Tolkien and the West

    • Recovering the Lost Tradition of Europe
    • By: Professor Michael Drout
    • Narrated by: Michael Drout
    • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
    • Original Recording
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    The works of J.R.R. Tolkien are quite possibly the most widely read pieces of literature written in the 20th century. But as Professor Michael Drout illuminates in this engaging course of lectures, Tolkien's writings are built upon a centuries-old literary tradition that developed in Europe and is quite uniquely Western in its outlook and style. Drout explores how that tradition still resonates with us to this day, even if many Modernist critics would argue otherwise. He begins the course with the allegory of a tower....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Professor Who Loves Tolkien As Much As You Do

    • By Phebe on 12-19-12

    Regular price: $49.95

    • The Modern Scholar: The Norsemen - Understanding Vikings and Their Culture

    • By: Professor Professor Michael D.C. Drout
    • Narrated by: Professor Michael D.C. Drout
    • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Professor Michael D.C. Drout of Wheaton College immerses listeners in the extraordinary legacy of Viking civilization, which developed in what is now Scandinavia during the early Middle Ages. During the course of these lectures, Professor Drout explores how these peoples conquered all of Northern Europe, traveled as far as Byzantium in the East and North America in the West, and left a literary legacy that includes numerous works studied and enjoyed to this day.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best download in months!

    • By Margaret on 12-23-12

    Regular price: $49.95

    • The Modern Scholar: The Anglo-Saxon World

    • By: Prof. Michael D. C. Drout
    • Narrated by: Michael D. C. Drout
    • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Had the Angles and Saxons not purposefully migrated to the isles of the Britons and brought with them their already-well-developed use of language, Angelina Jolie may never have appeared in the movie Beowulf. Professor Michael D.C. Drout is at his best when lecturing on the fascinating history, language, and societal adaptations of the Anglo-Saxons.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazingly good

    • By Matthew on 02-13-10

    Regular price: $49.94

    • The Modern Scholar

    • A History of the English Language
    • By: Michael Drout
    • Narrated by: Michael Drout
    • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Professor Drout addresses the foundation of language and its connection to specific portions of the brain. The components of language are explained in easy-to-understand terms and the progression of the language from Germanic to Old, Middle, and Modern English is fully illustrated - including such revolutionary language upheavals as those brought about by the Norman Conquest and the Great Vowel Shift.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hits all the right marks

    • By Maria on 11-02-10

    Regular price: $49.95

    • A Way with Words IV

    • Understanding Poetry
    • By: Prof. Michael D. C. Drout
    • Narrated by: Prof. Michael Drout
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
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    In part IV of this fascinating series, Professor Drout submerses listeners in poetry's past, present, and future. Addressing such poetic luminaries as Milton,Wordsworth, Shelley, and Keats, these lectures explain in simple terms what poetry is while following its development through the centuries.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Drout Rules!

    • By B. Leddy on 10-26-11

    Regular price: $39.72

    • The Modern Scholar

    • A Way With Words, Part II: Approaches to Literature
    • By: Professor Michael D.C. Drout
    • Narrated by: Professor Michael D.C. Drout
    • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In A Way with Words II: Approaches to Literature, Michael D.C. Drout leads a series of lectures that focus on the big questions of literature. Throughout, he introduces the major schools of literary and critical thought and employs illuminating examples from the world's most important literary works. This course proves a wonderful exploration of one of humankind's most cherished pursuits.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Drout is great

    • By Edward Martinez on 09-21-09

    Regular price: $49.95

    • Modern Scholar: How to Think

    • The Liberal Arts and Their Enduring Value
    • By: Professor Professor Michael D. C. Drout
    • Narrated by: Professor Professor Michael D. C. Drout
    • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
    • Original Recording
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    In How to Think: The Liberal Arts and Their Enduring Value, Professor Michael D. C. Drout gives an impassioned defense and celebration of the value of the liberal arts. Charting the evolution of the liberal arts from their roots in the educational system of Ancient Rome through the Middle Ages and to the present day, Drout shows how the liberal arts have consistently been "the tools to rule", essential to the education of the leaders of society. Offering a reasoned defense of their continuing value, Drout also provides suggestions for improving the state of the liberal arts in contemporary society.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A defense of the Liberal Arts

    • By Steve and/or Jodene on 10-19-13

    Regular price: $49.94

    • Bard of the Middle Ages - The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer

    • The Modern Scholar
    • By: Prof. Michael Drout
    • Narrated by: Michael Drout
    • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Through his writing, Chaucer's wit, charm, and eloquence give us a deeper understanding of not only the time in which he lived, but of how human emotion, frailty, and fortitude are the base elements of human existence. Despite social upheaval and the changing fortunes of his patrons and peers, Chaucer remained a favored subject during three distinct and contrasting reigns. His experiences provided Chaucer an appreciation for his good (and bad) fortune - and that of others - made evident in his writing.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Highly recommended

    • By Jeff on 01-10-15

    Regular price: $49.95

    • The Modern Scholar

    • From Here to Infinity: An Exploration of Science Fiction Literature
    • By: Professor Michael D. C. Drout
    • Narrated by: Professor Michael D. C. Drout
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The best science fiction asks essential questions: What does it mean to be human? Are we alone in the universe, and what does it mean if we're not? Esteemed professor Michael D. C. Drout traces the history of science fiction in this series of stimulating lectures. From Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to today's cutting- edge authors, Drout offers a compelling analysis of the genre, including a look at the golden age of science fiction, New Wave writers, and contemporary trends in the field.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really interesting, engaging lecture

    • By Jens on 12-15-08

    Regular price: $49.95

    • The Modern Scholar

    • Rings, Swords, and Monsters: Exploring Fantasy Literature
    • By: Professor Michael D.C. Drout
    • Narrated by: Professor Michael D.C. Drout
    • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this course, the roots of fantasy and the works that have defined the genre are examined. Incisive analysis and a deft assessment of what makes these works so very special provides a deeper insight into beloved works and a better understanding of why fantasy is such a pervasive force in modern culture.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An Informative, Stimulating, and Enjoyable Class

    • By Jefferson on 09-27-11

    Regular price: $49.95

    • The Modern Scholar: Singers and Tales

    • Oral Tradition and the Roots of Literature
    • By: Professor Michael D. C. Drout
    • Narrated by: Professor Michael D. C. Drout
    • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
    • Original Recording
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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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting and insightful

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-13-16

    Regular price: $49.95