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Professor Arnold Weinstein, Ph.D.

Professor Arnold Weinstein
  • Brown University
  • Harvard University
Literature is not information-driven. Instead, it offers us a unique opportunity to see, even to experience, the subjectivity of others. This adds to our own stock.
Dr. Arnold Weinstein is the Edna and Richard Salomon Distinguished Professor at Brown University, where he has been teaching for over 35 years. He earned his undergraduate degree in Romance Languages from Princeton University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. Among his many academic honors, research grants, and fellowships is the Younger Humanist Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Fulbright Senior Lecturer Award as a visiting professor at Stockholm University, Brown University's award as best teacher in the humanities, Professeur InvitÈ in American Literature at the Ecole Normale SupÈrieure in Paris, and a Fellowship for University Professors from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Professor Weinstein is the author of many books, including Fictions of the Self: 1550ñ1800 (1981); Nobody's Home: Speech, Self, and Place in American Fiction from Hawthorne to DeLillo (1993); and A Scream Goes Through The House: What Literature Teaches Us About Life (2003). Northern Arts: The Breakthrough of Scandinavian Literature and Art from Ibsen to Bergman (Princeton University Press, 2008), was named one of the 25 Best Books of 2009 by The Atlantic. Professor Weinstein chaired the Advisory Council on Comparative Literature at Princeton University, is the sponsor of Swedish Studies at Brown, and is actively involved in the American Comparative Literature Association.
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30 Courses and Sets

  1. Classics of American Literature

    Classics of American Literature

    Arnold Weinstein
    Starting at $399.95 Starting at $399.95 $749.95 $399.95$749.95
    Classic stories and poems of American literature are found in the pages of Franklin, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Dickinson, Twain, Whitman, Faulkner, and many others. When was the last time you read them? Possibly not as recently as you'd like. Why? Not because you wouldn't love it. But perhaps the demands of your daily life or some other reason have prevented this pleasure. Now, here is the opportunity...
  2. Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature Sale

    Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature

    Arnold Weinstein
    Save up to $305.00 Starting at $39.95 $69.95 $39.95$69.95
    More than a mere "slice of life," classic novels perform a sort of miracle, jolting us to see the remarkable, often provocative truths that underlie the human condition. To experience these extraordinary novels is to ask deep and sometimes unsettling questions about our lives and our world. Join us for an epic journey, as you traverse three centuries, sojourn in foreign lands, and enter remarkable realms of the...
  3. A Day's Read

    A Day's Read

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    "Great books" such as Don Quixote, War and Peace, and Bleak House constitute a grand reading list that many of us, with our busy lives, can't easily manage. But there's another strategy for reading the "great books" that is truly manageable; one that allows you to get all the power of brilliant authors in a single day. Join three literary scholars and award-winning professors as they introduce you to dozens of short...
  4. The Soul and the City: Art, Literature, and Urban Living

    The Soul and the City: Art, Literature, and Urban Living

    Arnold Weinstein
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $89.95 $89.95$89.95
    This course explores artists' complex renderings of the humanity of city life from the 18th to the 20th centuries, selecting particular moments and cities to illustrate urban themes such as anonymity, orientation, and exchange. Art represents the city in ways that go beyond quantifiable measures, serving as a record of subjective experience and providing a rich picture of how humans live in cities such as St....
  5. Understanding Literature and Life: Drama, Poetry and Narrative Sale

    Understanding Literature and Life: Drama, Poetry and Narrative

    Arnold Weinstein
    Save up to $280.00 Starting at $69.95 $69.95 $69.95$69.95
    This course is an introduction to the major texts of Western culture, from antiquity onward. It stresses the uniqueness of literary language, the formal and generic conventions of writing, the position that literature occupies as a site for historical and ideological conflicts, and the continuing human significance of the great works of the past and present.
  6. 20th-Century American Fiction

    20th-Century American Fiction

    Arnold Weinstein
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $249.95 $249.95$249.95
    Professor Arnold Weinstein explores the works of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and others in this remarkable lecture series. Like no one else in the world, Americans grow up believing—or imagining—that they are masters of a destiny without constraint. How did this national ethos unleash a body of fiction dramatically different from anything that came before?
  7. (Set) Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature & Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft  Set

    (Set) Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature & Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Get a fascinating window into the power of the written word with this two-course set that explores the essence of great writing. Experience the startling brilliance that makes a work of literature a "classic" in Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature. Then, investigate the myriad ways we think about, talk about, and write sentences in Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft.
  8. (Set) Classics of American Literature & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Classics of American Literature & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $799.90 Starting at $799.90 $1,499.90 $799.90$1,499.90
    Now is your chance to discover more insights about the literature that has defined our lives. Study the classic stories and poems that illustrate our great nation's character in Classics of American Literature. Then, meet more than 60 of Western civilization's greatest authors and unpack their unforgettable works in Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition.
  9. (Set) Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement & Classics of American Literature  Set

    (Set) Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement & Classics of American Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $529.90 Starting at $529.90 $1,004.90 $529.90$1,004.90
    Explore the American spirit through the perspective of its unique philosophical movement and its wealth of literary masterpieces in this two-course set. In Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement, award-winning Professor Ashton Nichols introduces you to these two remarkable American thinkers and the diverse group of intellectual activists, literary figures, and social reformers whose ideas would remake...
  10. (Set) Classics of British Literature & Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature  Set

    (Set) Classics of British Literature & Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Immerse yourself in some of the world's most absorbing and unforgettable literary experiences—without having to read thousands of pages! Classics of British Literature is a rare chance for you to step beyond the surface of some of this country's most cherished works and experience the times they came from and the issues with which their authors grappled. Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great...
  11. (Set) Classic Novels & Understanding Literature and Life: Drama, Poetry and Narrative   Set

    (Set) Classic Novels & Understanding Literature and Life: Drama, Poetry and Narrative

    Arnold Weinstein
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $549.90 $549.90$549.90
  12. (Set) A Day's Read & Art of Reading Set

    (Set) A Day's Read & Art of Reading

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $449.90 $329.90$449.90
  13. (Set) Classics of American Literature; Classics of British Literature; Classics of Russian Literature; & History of World Literature  Set

    (Set) Classics of American Literature; Classics of British Literature; Classics of Russian Literature; & History of World Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,099.80 Starting at $1,099.80 $2,164.80 $1,099.80$2,164.80
    Read between the lines of literary masterpieces from America and around the world and discover the fascinating ways these immortal works reflect the spirit of their respective countries in this engrossing four-course set. Classics of American Literature covers some of the greatest works in the American literary canon. Classics of British Literature is a rare chance for you to step beyond the surface of British...
  14. (Set) Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature & Masterpieces of Short Fiction  Set

    (Set) Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature & Masterpieces of Short Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  15. (Set)  The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books & Classics of Americ Set

    (Set) The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books & Classics of Americ

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $674.90 $489.90$674.90
  16. (Set) Classics of Russian Literature & Classics of American Literature  Set

    (Set) Classics of Russian Literature & Classics of American Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $1,124.90 $599.90$1,124.90
  17. (Set) Classics of American Literature & Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies  Set

    (Set) Classics of American Literature & Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $1,124.90 $599.90$1,124.90
  18. (Set) Classic Novels & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition  Set

    (Set) Classic Novels & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $1,124.90 $599.90$1,124.90
    Explore literature's most iconic writers and their unforgettable masterpieces. Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition surveys the lives and works of over 70 of Western literature's masterful writers, including Homer, Shakespeare, and Virginia Woolf. Then, investigate the dazzling, surprising, and deeply moving worlds revealed through great works such as Moby-Dick, The Brothers Karamazov, and As...
  19. (Set) Classics of American Literature & Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature  Set

    (Set) Classics of American Literature & Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature

    Arnold Weinstein
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $1,124.90 $599.90$1,124.90
    In this course set that pairs together two of our most popular literature courses, experience timeless works from both the history of American literature and also the history of the novel. In Classics of American Literature, 84 lectures cover some of the greatest works of American literature by Irving, Hawthorne, Poe, Melville, Whitman, Thoreau, Twain, James, Faulkner, Crane, Hemingway, Frost, and Steinbeck, and...
  20. (Set) Building Great Sentences & Understanding Literature and Life  Set

    (Set) Building Great Sentences & Understanding Literature and Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $479.90 Starting at $479.90 $479.90 $479.90$479.90
    Discover what makes for great writing and reading in these two popular courses. Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft investigates the myriad ways we think about, talk about, and write great sentences. Understanding Literature and Life: Drama, Poetry and Narrative reveals fascinating insights into great works from these three powerful literary genres.
  21. (Set)  A Day's Read & Books That Have Made History Set

    (Set) A Day's Read & Books That Have Made History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $539.90 $399.90$539.90
  22. (Set) A Day's Read & History of World Literature Set

    (Set) A Day's Read & History of World Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $629.90 $449.90$629.90
    Delve into some of the greatest works of literature in both short forms as well as longer classics in this course set that combines the insights of three award-winning literature professors. First, in A Day's Read, Professors Arnold Weinstein, Grant L. Voth, and Emily Allen introduce you to 36 masterpieces that you can read through in less than a day. Then, in The History of World Literature, Professor Voth takes...
  23. History of World Literature; C Set

    History of World Literature; C

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,249.65 Starting at $2,249.65 $3,169.65 $2,249.65$3,169.65
    With this engrossing seven-course set, develop an extraordinary familiarity with the authors and works that have defined human civilization—all without reading hundreds of thousands of pages! Explore literary masterpieces from around the world with Classics of American Literature, Classics of Russian Literature, Classics of British Literature, and The History of World Literature. Then delve into iconic works...
  24. (Set) Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature & The History of World Literature  Set

    (Set) Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature & The History of World Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Read between the lines of history's greatest literary masterpieces in this insightful two-course set. First, discover the startling brilliance and unique characteristics that make a work of literature a "classic" in Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature. Then, travel around the world and sample diverse literary masterworks from ancient Greece, Classical Japan, postwar Britain, Stalinist Russia,...
  25. (Set) Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition; Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature; & Western Literary Canon in Context  Set

    (Set) Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition; Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature; & Western Literary Canon in Context

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $799.85 Starting at $799.85 $1,499.85 $799.85$1,499.85
  26. (Set) Life and Work of Mark Twain/Classics of American Literature Set

    (Set) Life and Work of Mark Twain/Classics of American Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $529.90 Starting at $529.90 $1,004.90 $529.90$1,004.90
  27. (Set) Classics of British Literature & Classics of American Literature  Set

    (Set) Classics of British Literature & Classics of American Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.90 Starting at $649.90 $1,269.90 $649.90$1,269.90
    Discover the fascinating ways that literary masterpieces from Great Britain and the United States reflect the spirit of their respective countries in this engrossing two-course set. In Classics of British Literature, step beyond the surface of works by Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, and others to experience the diverse issues with which they grappled. Then, learn how the greatest works of our own literary...
  28. (Set)  A Day's Read & Life Lessons from The Great Books Set

    (Set) A Day's Read & Life Lessons from The Great Books

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $539.90 $399.90$539.90
  29. (Set) A Day's Read & Masterpieces of Short Fiction Set

    (Set) A Day's Read & Masterpieces of Short Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $449.90 $329.90$449.90
  30. (Set) Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America & Classics of American Literature  Set

    (Set) Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America & Classics of American Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $529.90 Starting at $529.90 $1,004.90 $529.90$1,004.90
    Uncover fascinating new ways to look at and read our nation's breathtaking literary heritage in this course set taught by two expert literary scholars. In Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America, embark on a pointed 24-lecture tour of key best-selling works in the history of U.S. literature and what they reveal about the cultural climate of our nation at particular points in its history. Next,...