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Professor Grant L. Voth, Ph.D.

Professor Grant L. Voth
  • Monterey Peninsula College
  • Purdue University
No idea of any single culture will ever capture the entire human sense of god, or creation, or the hero; and to get a more complete human picture, we have to look at the myths of many cultures.
Dr. Grant L. Voth is Professor Emeritus at Monterey Peninsula College in California. He earned his M.A. in English Education from St. Thomas College in St. Paul, MN, and his Ph.D. in English from Purdue University. Throughout his distinguished career, Professor Voth has earned a host of teaching awards and accolades, including the Allen Griffin Award for Excellence in Teaching, and he was named Teacher of the Year by the Monterey Peninsula College Students' Association. He is the author of insightful scholarly books and articles on subjects ranging from Shakespeare to Edward Gibbon to modern American fiction, and he wrote many of the official study guides for the BBC's acclaimed project, The Shakespeare Plays. Before joining the faculty at Monterey Peninsula College, Professor Voth taught at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University and for several years served as a consultant on interdisciplinary studies programs for the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has led travel-study tours to countries including England, Ireland, France, Greece, and Turkey, and he is a frequent guest lecturer for the internationally acclaimed Carmel Bach Festival in Carmel, California.

"Professor Voth opens our eyes to other wonderful books that seem perennially over-shadowed and not quite able to find a sunny patch for themselves."


"Dr. Voth, a talented teacher, lifts us out of our familiar box of Great Literature and shows us the other side of the tracks: the also-rans, the not quite so great literature, but still great reading, thrilling stories, and engaging themes."


"Professor Voth's knowledge of and enthusiasm for world literature is inspirational. I found myself with a free week to keep watching his lectures and that's just what I did."

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  1. Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas Collection

    Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas

    Grant L. Voth, Ph.D.
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    The Great Courses has introduced millions of lifelong learners to some of the biggest ideas out there. Enjoy a collection of 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get a fresh learning experience in a wide range of disciplines. Religious writings that may have been forged; a universal template of world myths; the science of tasting colors—Join us for an intriguing tour of big ideas!
  2. The Skeptic's Guide to the Great Books

    The Skeptic's Guide to the Great Books

    Grant L. Voth, Ph.D.
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $134.95 $89.95$134.95
    Open yourself up to works that are just as engaging and insightful about great human themes and ideas as anything you'd find on a college-level reading list. Professor Grant L. Voth's The Skeptic's Guide to the Great Books is your opportunity to discover new literary adventures that make worthy substitutes to works from the Western canon. In these 12 lectures, you'll get an introduction to works that redefine what...
  3. A Day's Read

    A Day's Read

    Grant L. Voth, Ph.D.
    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. History of World Literature

    History of World Literature

    Grant L. Voth, Ph.D.
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $519.95 $249.95$519.95
    Whether around the campfire or between the covers of a book, the urge to express life's meaning is a human constant. Distinguished scholar Grant L. Voth guides you through the great works of literature that reflect the deep need for self-expression, in a journey that will take you from the auditoriums of Ancient Greece to the quiet study of a 19th-century New England spinster. You'll sample some of the greatest...
  5. Myth in Human History

    Myth in Human History

    Grant L. Voth, Ph.D.
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    Discover the truths hidden within the world's most enduring myths in the entertaining and illuminating Myth in Human History. Delivered by engaging storyteller and award-winning Professor Grant L. Voth, these 36 lectures are a comprehensive survey of great myths and the diverse cultures behind them. Taking you from the islands of ancient Greece and Japan to the plains of North America and Africa to the shores of New...