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British Literature

Victorian Writers and Critics Clashed over Content—Who Won?

February 25, 2019

The late Victorian period is known for great literary talent and the controversies that embroiled it. For example, authors and critics clashed over the depictions of sexuality and of unhappy marriages in print and on the stage. But is it really true that there is no bad PR? […]

World Literature

The Great Books: How Many Have You Read?

June 26, 2018

What are “The Great Books”? Professor Rufus J. Fears took up this question in “Life Lessons from The Great Books” and came up with this list. How many have you read? Are there any books you would add? See the whole list on The Great Courses Daily! […]

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British Literature

The Life, Writings, and Legacy of C. S. Lewis

April 5, 2018

C. S. Lewis is one of the greatest writers and thinkers of the twentieth century. In the midst of a post-Christian age, Lewis dared to advocate a genial return to orthodox Christian doctrine. Here, we take a brief view of the legacy of C. S. Lewis. […]

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Literature

Noir and Nationhood in the Twenty-First Century

December 1, 2017

Professor David Schmid examines Film Noir in a new light, suggesting that we need to accentuate the ways in which noir can critique the dominant discourses of nationhood, especially the premium such discourses place on belonging, hierarchy, and the status quo. […]

Literature

Theseus—The Hero of Athens

December 1, 2017

Theseus—a hero who is especially associated with Athens—shows up in a great deal of classic Greek literature. Why is this? […]

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