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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.
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"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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26 Courses and Sets

  1. Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas Collection

    Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    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. 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...
  3. The Skeptic's Guide to the Great Books

    The Skeptic's Guide to the Great Books

    Grant L. Voth
    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...
  4. History of World Literature

    History of World Literature

    Grant L. Voth
    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
    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...
  6. (Set) The Skeptic's Guide to the Great Books & Art of Reading Set

    (Set) The Skeptic's Guide to the Great Books & Art of Reading

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $314.90 $219.90$314.90
    Discover new ways to approach and read both iconic and unexpectedly captivating works of literature with this two-course set. In The Skeptic's Guide to the Great Books, discover 12 new literary adventures that make worthy substitutes to works from the Western canon. Then, in The Art of Reading, learn practical reading concepts and techniques that will help you approach even the most daunting novel or short story...
  7. (Set) Myth in Human History & History of World Literature  Set

    (Set) Myth in Human History & History of World Literature

    Grant L. Voth
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Sample some of the world's greatest literary masterpieces and myths—all in the company of engaging storyteller and award-winning Professor Grant L. Voth. First, discover the truths hidden within the world's most enduring myths in the entertaining and illuminating Myth in Human History. Then, in The History of World Literature, get concise summaries and thought-provoking interpretations of works as diverse as...
  8. (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
  9. (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...
  10. (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
  11. (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...
  12. (Set) Myth in Human History & Classical Mythology  Set

    (Set) Myth in Human History & Classical Mythology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Travel around the world and sample some of the greatest myths in the history of human civilization with this intriguing two-course set. Get a comprehensive survey of some of the world's most enduring myths and the diverse cultures behind them with Myth in Human History. Then, focus on the most important characters and stories from Greek and Roman mythology with Classical Mythology.
  13. (Set)  The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books & Analysis and Criti Set

    (Set) The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books & Analysis and Criti

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $314.90 $219.90$314.90
  14. (Set) Classics of Russian Literature & History of World Literature  Set

    (Set) Classics of Russian Literature & 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 some of the world's richest literary masterpieces in this two-course set taught by award-winning professors. Start with Classics of Russian Literature, which introduces you to works such as Dostoevsky's Crime and Broaden your literary horizons with this two-course set in which literary scholars and engaging professors introduce you to masterpieces from all around the world. Experience how...
  15. (Set) History of World Literature & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition  Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.90 Starting at $649.90 $1,269.90 $649.90$1,269.90
    Sample brilliant literary masterpieces from around the world in The History of World Literature, which covers such vibrant works as The Epic of Gilgamesh and Things Fall Apart. Then, survey the lives and works of Western literature's masterful writers—including Homer, Shakespeare, and Virginia Woolf—in Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition.
  16. (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
  17. (Set) Myth in Human History & Exploring the Roots of Religion  Set

    (Set) Myth in Human History & Exploring the Roots of Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Go back in time in search of human history's most powerful, enduring myths and some of the archaeological remains of its oldest faiths in this two-course set. In Myth in Human History, survey the world's great myths and the diverse cultures behind them. And in Exploring the Roots of Religion, learn how sacred buildings, tomb structures, and more provide us with insight into early spiritual beliefs from around the...
  18. (Set)  The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books & Books That Have Ma Set

    (Set) The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books & Books That Have Ma

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $289.90 Starting at $289.90 $404.90 $289.90$404.90
  19. (Set)  War and World History & Myth in Human History Set

    (Set) War and World History & Myth in Human History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Profound and illuminating, we look to the mythologies of past civilizations to learn more about history, culture and people. Myths in Human History takes you on an in-depth journey through the stories of ancient Greece, Japan, Africa, and more. Then get a different perspective of culture and history with War and World History to see how the realities of culture and people can often clash with violent results.
  20. (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,...
  21. (Set)  The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books & Great Authors of t Set

    (Set) The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books & Great Authors of t

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $674.90 $489.90$674.90
  22. (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
  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)  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
  25. (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History Set

    (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $539.90 $399.90$539.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Begin by exploring 36 ideas – philosophy, science and more – that have changed the face of civilization. Then, dive into ancient history and hopscotch around the world and across time to experience the fascinating variety of what the past has to offer.
  26. (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas Set

    (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $719.90 $499.90$719.90