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! […]

C.S. Lewis (Image: Ronhjones/Public domain)
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. […]

Ovid as imagined in the Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493. (Image: Michel Wolgemut/Public domain)
Ancient Literature

Virgil and Ovid: Poetry in the Golden Age of Rome

December 1, 2017

The reign of Augustus has often been called the Golden Age of Rome. This was the age of many great cultural achievements including the writing of Roman poetry by the master poets Virgil and Ovid. […]

Image of a Killer pointing the gun at a terrified woman
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. […]

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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? […]

American Literature

Discussing The Future Of Dystopian Works

August 22, 2017

Whether it’s the current political climate or just a resurgence in popularity, dark novels such as “1984,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “Parable of the Sower” are flying off the shelves. What’s next for dystopian writing? […]

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