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Professor John Sutherland, Ph.D.

Professor John Sutherland
  • University College London; California Institute of Technology
  • Edinburgh University
It is vital, while appreciating that universal, transcendent, and classic quality of literature, to appreciate, as fully as one can, the conditions that gave birth to these works of literature, to reinsert them, back into history.

Dr. John Sutherland is the Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus of Modern English Literature at University College London and Visiting Professor of Literature at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He earned his B.A. and M.A. from Leicester University and his Ph.D. from Edinburgh University. Professor Sutherland taught at Edinburgh University and University College London, the site of England's longest-standing university English department, for 10 years each, before assuming his current post at Caltech. His numerous awards and honors include the Associated Student Body of Caltech Excellence in Teaching Award and Caltech's Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar Award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has served as a judge for the prestigious Man-Booker award. Professor Sutherland is the author of scores of scholarly articles, yet he is also one of the best-known academics outside of academia. His latest books are Curiosities of Literature (2009), an anthology of literary oddity; and a second edition of The Longman Companion to Victorian Fiction (2009)-a massive encyclopedia which he regards as his major effort in scholarship. He also wrote Is Heathcliff a Murderer? Puzzles in 19th-Century Fiction, which spent a glorious week or two on The Sunday Times bestseller list; and Inside Bleak House, a companion to the BBC TV dramatization of Dickens's novel.

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"Professor Sutherland does a superb job of giving deep and useful readings of his list of great works by great writers. He not only puts their writings in historical and literary context, he also deals with their subject matter in an insightful way."

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8 Courses and Sets

  1. Classics of British Literature

    Classics of British Literature

    John Sutherland
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $519.95 $249.95$519.95
    How does literature connect a nation to its past? Few nations can offer a literary legacy that addresses this question as well as that of Great Britain. Professor John Sutherland's examination of Britain's literary treasures and their creators will show you how each is linked to those who have come before—whether building on their predecessors' work or casting it aside to challenge readers and audiences with a new...
  2. (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...
  3. (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...
  4. (Set) Art of Reading & Classics of British Literature  Set

    (Set) Art of Reading & Classics of British Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
    Enhance the way you read and understand classic works of literature with this engaging two-course set. First, make your future reading experiences more enriching and enjoyable with The Art of Reading, which shows you how to approach even the most daunting novel or short story with increased confidence. Then, test out your enhanced reading skills on Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen, Swift, Conrad, Wilde, and...
  5. (Set) Classics of British Literature & Classics of Russian Literature  Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $894.90 $449.90$894.90
    Explore the history and spirit of two great nations through their literary masterpieces. Classics of British Literature reveals the times and conditions behind unforgettable works such as Paradise Lost, Robinson Crusoe, Wuthering Heights, and Heart of Darkness. Classics of Russian Literature is an equally penetrating look at how Russia is reflected in the literature of authors including Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Gogol,...
  6. 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...
  7. (Set) Classics of British Literature & Classics of American Literature  Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $1,011.00 Starting at $142.90 $258.90 $142.90$258.90
    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...
  8. (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...