The Great Courses: 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.

    Fascinating Lectures on Utopian and Dystopian Literature

    First of all, in regard to the "hijacked by feminism" complaint made by another reviewer: I'd hardly say that a discussion of Charlotte Perkins Gilma..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 06 2017 by CRG2 (Florida)
  • 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.

    Eye Opening and Enjoyable

    I would so listen to this again. It was interesting and informative and I liked the narrator's personal views on certain subject matters. This lecture..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 21 2017 by Amazon Customer ()
  • 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)
  • A Children's Guide to Folklore and Wonder Tales |  The Great Courses

    A Children's Guide to Folklore and Wonder Tales

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Hannah B. Harvey
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    In The Children's Guide to Folklore and Wonder Tales, Dr. Hannah Blevins Harvey unpacks more than 60 of our most beloved stories, fables, fairy tales, and songs from around the world - providing you with a fascinating, in-depth view into the history, context, and deeper meaning of the tales we know and love. As you travel through the catalogs of Grimm, Aesop, Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, Oscar Wilde, and so many more, you'll gain profound insights into how and why these stories came to be.

    Interesting material

    Be sure to understand that the story parts of this were performed for an audience of small kids so there are some silly sound effects and kid focused ..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 13 2017 by Amazon Customer ()