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Professor Peter Conn, Ph.D.

Professor Peter Conn
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Yale University
By looking carefully at these texts, many of them still popular, we can gain valuable insights into our national history and culture. We will also have occasion to speculate on American values and the changing nature of American society.

Dr. Peter Conn holds the Vartan Gregorian Chair in English at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has a secondary appointment in the Graduate School of Education. Since 1993, he has served as a visiting professor at the University of Nanjing. Professor Conn earned his Ph.D. from Yale University. Professor Conn is the author of numerous works on American literature and culture, including The American 1930s: A Literary History; Literature in America; and Pearl S. Buck: A Cultural Biography, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has lent his expertise as a literary consultant on numerous television projects, including the Emmy Award winning series The American Short Story. In 2004, he served as principal literary advisor to Oprah's Book Club for The Good Earth. A John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Professor Conn has directed National Endowment for the Humanities seminars for college and high-school teachers and was the recipient of an NEH Humanities Focus grant. Throughout his career, he has won numerous teaching awards, including the University of Pennsylvania's prestigious senior teaching prize, the Lindback Award.

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"Professor Conn is an interesting and entertaining teacher. His insights into the historical and social context of the books are enlightening and thoughtful."

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10 Courses and Sets

  1. 36 Books That Changed the World Collection

    36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Since the development of written language, books have played major roles in the world: Entertaining. Instructing. Inspiring. Even changing the course of history. Now, with 36 Books That Changed the World, a fascinating Great Courses Collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, take a riveting tour of the profound impact of books from thousands of years of history and from civilizations around the globe.
  2. Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America

    Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America

    Peter Conn
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    There's much more to our nation's best-selling books than the enormous sales figures they rake in. They also provide us with unique ways to appreciate and understand American culture. Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America is 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...
  3. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History Collection

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Alexander the Great. Jesus. Darwin. Churchill. These are just a few of the revolutionary individuals who have transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History is a unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog—one that takes you across time and around the globe to offer piercing insights into some of history’s most transformative figures.
  4. (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,...
  5. (Set) Life Lessons from the Great Books & Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America  Set

    (Set) Life Lessons from the Great Books & Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Discover a vast range of unforgettable reading experiences that shed light on life and American culture with this two-course set. Start with Life Lessons from the Great Books, which shows you how some of Western civilization's greatest literary masterpieces can provide you with guidance, inspiration, and consolation. Then, learn what key best-selling works in American literary history reveal about the cultural...
  6. (Set) Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America & History of the United States, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America & History of the United States, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $529.90 Starting at $529.90 $1,004.90 $529.90$1,004.90
    Survey the fascinating history of the greatest nation in the Western world with this two-course set that offers you a variety of perspectives on the story of the United States. Start with Great American Bestsellers: The Books that Shaped America, a pointed 24-lecture tour of what key best-selling works in the history of U.S. literature reveal about the cultural climate of the nation at particular points in its...
  7. (Set) Writing Creative Nonfiction & Great American Bestseller  Set

    (Set) Writing Creative Nonfiction & Great American Bestseller

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    The 24 lectures of Writing Creative Nonfiction by award-winning writing instructor and Professor Tilar J. Mazzeo of Colby College, a New York Times best-selling author, are a chance for you to explore the entire process of writing creative nonfiction, from brainstorming for the perfect idea to getting your final product noticed by literary agents and publishers. Then, with Great American Bestsellers: The Books That...
  8. (Set) Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life & Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America  Set

    (Set) Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life & Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Discover with this two-course set the ways that powerful and highly popular books have the power to not only to shape you but to shape history as well. In Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life, Professor J. Rufus Fears presents his choices of essential writings that shaped the minds of great individuals and offer an extraordinary gift of wisdom. And Great American Bestsellers: The Books That...
  9. (Set) Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America & Masterpieces of Short Fiction  Set

    (Set) Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America & Masterpieces of Short Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Gain astounding new insights into two corners of Western literature—American bestsellers and short fiction—with this revealing course set. Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America is a pointed tour of key best-selling works in the history of U.S. literature and what they reveal about our nation's culture at particular points in history. Masterpieces of Short Fiction takes you deep into...
  10. (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World Set

    (Set) 36 Revolutionary Figures of History & 36 Books That Changed the World

    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. Start by exploring 36 revolutionary figures that have changed the course of history. Then, dive into 36 books that have played a central role in shaping our culture – from entertaining and instructing to shaping our social mores.