This experience is optimized for Internet Explorer version 9 and above.

Please upgrade your browser

Video title

Priority Code

Cancel

Professor James A. W. Heffernan, Ph.D.

Professor James A. W. Heffernan
  • Dartmouth College
  • Princeton University
Ultimately, my teaching springs from a passion to learn, which is what I strive to share with my listeners. School is just the beginning of education. If you want to stay alive to the very end of your life, never stop learning.

Dr. James A. W. Heffernan is Professor of English, Emeritus at Dartmouth College, where he was also Frederick Sessions Beebe '35 Professor in the Art of Writing. He earned his A.B. cum laude from Georgetown University and his Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. Professor Heffernan taught a range of courses at Dartmouth, including European Romanticism, English Romantic poetry, methods of literary criticism, and the 19th-century English novel. For many years he also taught a senior seminar on Joyce's Ulysses that was regularly oversubscribed. Professor Heffernan received five grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He published, among other books, Representing the French Revolution: Literature, Historiography, and Art (1992) and Museum of Words: The Poetics of Ekphrasis from Homer to Ashbery (1993). The volume titled British Writers: Retrospective Supplement (Scribner's) includes his comprehensive essay on Joyce's work. He is the coauthor of Writing: A College Handbook, now in its fifth edition. He also published nearly 50 articles. Widely known for his work on the relationship between literature and visual art, Professor Heffernan has lectured at international conferences in Israel, Sweden, Austria, Ireland, Holland, and Germany, as well as in various parts of the United States.

Testimonials

"Professor Heffernan was well prepared and made the 20th century's most difficult novel, Joyce's Ulysses, come alive and comprehensible."

16 Courses and Sets

List Grid

Filter

16 Courses and Sets

  1. Joyce's Ulysses

    Joyce's Ulysses

    James A. W. Heffernan
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    James Joyce's great novel Ulysses is a big, richly imagined, and intricately organized book with a huge reputation, which many consider to be as fully conceived and vibrant as anything in Homer or Shakespeare. Dartmouth's Professor James Heffernan lays out the brilliance, passion, humanity, and humor of Joyce's modern Odyssey in 24 exciting lectures that no literature lover should miss.
  2. Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.95 Starting at $399.95 $749.95 $399.95$749.95
    From Mesopotamia to Mississippi, from the anonymous writer of the Epic of Gilgamesh to William Faulkner, writing 3,600 years later, many of the greatest figures of Western culture have been its writers. This course is your guide to a rich sampling of their masterpieces, chosen, explained, and analyzed by five outstanding professors. In addition to novelists, poets, and dramatists, you will study historians,...
  3. (Set) Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $1,124.90 $599.90$1,124.90
    Learn new ways to read some of Western civilization's greatest literary treasures. In Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life, discover enduring life lessons in works such as the Iliad, Beowulf, and Gandhi's Autobiography. Then, survey over 70 masterpieces of literature by iconic Western authors including Shakespeare, Milton, Dostoevsky, Conrad, Woolf, and Faulkner in Great Authors of the...
  4. (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
  5. (Set) Joyce's Ulysses/Iliad/Odyssey of Homer Set

    (Set) Joyce's Ulysses/Iliad/Odyssey of Homer

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $309.85 Starting at $309.85 $449.85 $309.85$449.85
  6. (Set) Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition & Art of Reading  Set

    (Set) Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition & Art of Reading

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $529.90 Starting at $529.90 $1,004.90 $529.90$1,004.90
    Learn new ways to read and appreciate masterpieces from the Western literary canon. First, survey 30 centuries of our civilization's most enduring novelists, poets, playwrights, essayists, and other writers with Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition. Next, maximize your effectiveness as an artful reader with The Art of Reading, which shows you how to approach even the most daunting novel or...
  7. (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition; Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition; & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition  Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition; Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition; & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,099.85 Starting at $1,099.85 $2,149.85 $1,099.85$2,149.85
    Explore the greatness of Western culture with this epic three-course set that surveys the best that our civilization's intellectual, literary, and musical traditions have to offer. Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition is a comprehensive survey of Western philosophy from its origins in classical Greece to the revolutionary views of the 20th century. Great Authors of the Western Literary...
  8. (Set) Western Literary Canon in Context & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Western Literary Canon in Context & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $1,124.90 $599.90$1,124.90
    Gain insights into the great works and authors of the Western literary tradition. The Western Literary Canon in Context is a thorough investigation of more than 30 key works in the Western literary canon and their critical roles in the development of literature. Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition is an 84-lecture survey of the writers who shaped Western storytelling into what it is today.
  9. (Set) Masterworks of Early 20th-Century Literature & Joyce's  Ulysses   Set

    (Set) Masterworks of Early 20th-Century Literature & Joyce's Ulysses

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  10. (Set) Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition & Classics of British Literature  Set

    (Set) Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition & Classics of British Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.90 Starting at $649.90 $1,269.90 $649.90$1,269.90
    Comb through the powerful and enduring works by some of the most brilliant writers in history with this two-course set. Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition spans 30 centuries of the finest literature ever written and covers almost five dozen timeless works, from the epics and dramas of the ancient Hebrews and Greeks to the prose fiction of the 20th century. Classics of British Literature is...
  11. (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.
  12. (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
  13. (Set) Life and Work of Mark Twain/Joyce's Ulysses  Set

    (Set) Life and Work of Mark Twain/Joyce's Ulysses

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  14. (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.
  15. (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...
  16. (Set) Building Great Sentences & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition  Set

    (Set) Building Great Sentences & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $529.90 Starting at $529.90 $1,004.90 $529.90$1,004.90
    Learn how great sentences are crafted and sample how the West's greatest writers used them to create timeless literary treasures with this enlightening two-course set. First, investigate the myriad ways we think about, talk about, and write great sentences in Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft. Then, learn how authors from Homer to St. Augustine to Dickens to Faulkner employed powerful writing in...