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How to Read and Understand Shakespeare Course
Shakespeare's plays are masterworks, but they can be hard to understand for a modern English speaker. Gain direct insight into Shakespeare's writing in this course which explains how to enter Shakespeare's world, how to grasp what's happening in his plays,…
24 videos
Writing and Civilization - From Ancient Worlds to Modernity Course
The written word is so central to our lives that it can seem as if it has always existed. Yet writing is a relatively recent invention. Trace the remarkable saga of "visible speech" from its earliest origins to its future…
24 videos
Heroes and Legends - The Most Influential Characters of Literature Series
Heroes hold a special place in our imagination. Names such as Odysseus, Beowulf, and Queen Guinevere summon up mythic legends, while Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, and Huckleberry Finn are some of the most recognizable figures in world literature. Study some of…
24 videos
Great Mythologies of the World Course 1 - Ancient Europe
Epic battles between titanic gods. The creation, re-creation, and repair of the world. Perilous quests for lost treasures and the comfort of home. Magical items imbued with the power to protect - and destroy. Mythology has provided fascinating and thrilling…
12 videos
Great Mythologies of the World Course 2 - The Middle East and South Asia
Epic battles between titanic gods. The creation, re-creation, and repair of the world. Perilous quests for lost treasures and the comfort of home. Magical items imbued with the power to protect - and destroy. Mythology has provided fascinating and thrilling…
12 videos
Great Mythologies of the World Course 3 - Africa
Epic battles between titanic gods. The creation, re-creation, and repair of the world. Perilous quests for lost treasures and the comfort of home. Magical items imbued with the power to protect - and destroy. Mythology has provided fascinating and thrilling…
12 videos
Great Mythologies of the World Course 4 - Asia and the Pacific
Epic battles between titanic gods. The creation, re-creation, and repair of the world. Perilous quests for lost treasures and the comfort of home. Magical items imbued with the power to protect - and destroy. Mythology has provided fascinating and thrilling…
12 videos
Great Mythologies of the World Course 5 - The Americas
Epic battles between titanic gods. The creation, re-creation, and repair of the world. Perilous quests for lost treasures and the comfort of home. Magical items imbued with the power to protect - and destroy. Mythology has provided fascinating and thrilling…
12 videos
King Arthur: History and Legend Series
The saga of King Arthur and his court is the most enduringly popular mythic tradition of Western civilization. For over 1500 years, the Arthurian narrative has enthralled writers, artists, and a limitless audience spanning the Western world and beyond--and its…
24 videos
How to Publish Your Book
With the advent of submission conveniences offered by the Internet, today's authors face unprecedented competition in the writing market. Adding to that the publishing market is in a constant state of flux, making publishers wary about taking on new authors.…
24 videos
How Great Science Fiction Works
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…
24 videos
Becoming a Great Essayist
If you have a clever anecdote, an interesting memory, a new way to explain how something works, or an opinion on a social or political issue, then you have an essay in you. Unlike a novel, history book, or scientific…
24 videos
The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction
Great mystery and suspense writers have created some of the most unforgettable stories in all of literature and they continue to grow in popularity. How did the genre become so prevalent? Why is it a go-to for so many readers…
36 videos
Books that Matter: The City of God
Plunge into Augustine's magnum opus with BOOKS THAT MATTER: THE CITY OF GOD - a historical and theological journey through the final years of the ancient world. Taught by Professor Charles Mathewes, these 24 in-depth lectures guide you chapter-by-chapter through…
24 videos
Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature
Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature plunges you into the history and development of utopian ideas and their dystopian counterparts. You'll encounter some of the most powerful and influential texts in this genre as you travel centuries into the…
24 videos