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Professor Timothy Spurgin, Ph.D.

Professor Timothy Spurgin
  • Lawrence University
  • University of Virginia
Working on these courses was exciting and fun. Even more rewarding, has been the chance to hear from listeners, especially those that say the lectures have gotten them back into reading or convinced them to try a new author.
Dr. Timothy Spurgin is the Bonnie Glidden Buchanan Professor of English Literature and Associate Professor of English at Lawrence University, where he has taught for more than 15 years. He received his B.A. at Carleton College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Virginia. A respected and admired lecturer, Professor Spurgin teaches courses on Romanticism, contemporary critical theory, and the English novel, among other topics. He has also served two terms as director of Lawrence University's freshman program-recognized as one of the best in the nation. Professor Spurgin has received two coveted teaching awards from Lawrence University-the Outstanding Young Teacher Award and the Freshman Studies Teaching Prize-and he is a three-time recipient of the Babcock Award, given by university students to the individual who, through involvement and interaction with students, has made a positive impact on the campus community. Professor Spurgin's scholarly work has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dickens Studies Annual, and Dickens Quarterly.
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"Professor Timothy Spurgin is outstanding. He is highly organized with excellent pedagogical skills and a pleasant voice. This is one of the best courses I have ordered thus far."

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21 Courses and Sets

  1. Art of Reading

    Art of Reading

    Timothy Spurgin
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Learn how to make your future reading experiences more enriching and enjoyable with these 24 insightful lectures. Designed to maximize your effectiveness as an artful reader, The Art of Reading brings together concepts, tools, and techniques rarely found together in a single package. Teaching with an engaging and conversational style, award-winning Professor Timothy Spurgin shows you how to approach even the most...
  2. The English Novel

    The English Novel

    Timothy Spurgin
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Professor Spurgin heightens our awareness of the deep roles novelists such as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf play in our lives: honing our intellect, quenching our emotional thirsts, and shaping our sense of ourselves and of the world we live in.
  3. (Set) Masterpieces of Short Fiction & The English Novel  Set

    (Set) Masterpieces of Short Fiction & The English Novel

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    The 24 illuminating lectures of Masterpieces of Short Fiction sample two centuries' worth of great short stories by some of the acknowledged masters of the genre, including Poe, Kafka, and Hemingway. The English Novel traces this powerful literary form from its beginnings in the 18th century (with Samuel Richardson's Pamela) to the work of Modernists such as James Joyce and Virginia Woolf.
  4. (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...
  5. (Set) How to Read and Understand Shakespeare & Art of Reading  Set

    (Set) How to Read and Understand Shakespeare & Art of Reading

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Get all the tools you need to interpret and appreciate any novel or story, or play by Shakespeare in this course set that shows you how to divine the deeper meanings of these works yourself. In How to Read and Understand Shakespeare, Professor Marc C. Conner gives you a set of more than 40 interpretive tools, drawn from the texts themselves, that give you direct insight into Shakespeare's plays. Then, in The Art of...
  6. (Set) Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature & Art of Reading  Set

    (Set) Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature & Art of Reading

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Learn how to read literature with deeper insight with this practical and entertaining course set. First, in Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature, learn why some of the most enduring characters in literature have been mainstays of our culture and have even changed history. Then, in The Art of Reading, learn concepts and techniques to better understand what you are reading and to...
  7. (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...
  8. (Set) Art of Reading & Masterpieces of Short Fiction  Set

    (Set) Art of Reading & Masterpieces of Short Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Make your future reading experiences more enriching and enjoyable with this two-course set on ways to read more insightfully as well as on a collection of powerful tales you can engage with in just one sitting. The Art of Reading brings together reading concepts and techniques that show you how to approach even the most daunting novel or short story with increased confidence. And Masterpieces of Short Fiction...
  9. (Set) Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything & Art of Reading  Set

    (Set) Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything & Art of Reading

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Become a more effective writer and reader with this wonderful two-course set. First, in Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything, discover the perfect reference guide for writers, filled with exciting examples, engaging prompts, and unforgettable insights. Then, in The Art of Reading, learn how to approach even the most daunting novel or short story with increased confidence and make future...
  10. (Set) How to Become a SuperStar Student, 2nd Edition  & Art of Reading  Set

    (Set) How to Become a SuperStar Student, 2nd Edition & Art of Reading

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $394.90 Starting at $394.90 $454.90 $394.90$454.90
    Give your students the keys to lasting academic success in high school, college, and beyond with these two courses. In How to Become a SuperStar Student, 2nd Edition, they'll learn how to strengthen and enhance their study skills with invaluable tips and strategies on studying, homework, group presentations, and more. And in The Art of Reading, they'll learn tips and techniques for making almost any short story or...
  11. (Set) Art of Reading, Building Great Sentences & Argumentatio Set

    (Set) Art of Reading, Building Great Sentences & Argumentatio

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $389.85 Starting at $389.85 $764.85 $389.85$764.85
    Discover the secrets of great writing, artful reading, and effective reasoning with this enjoyable and accessible three-course set. First, investigate the myriad ways we think about, talk about, and write sentences in Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft. Then, learn how to make your reading experiences more enriching and enjoyable with The Art of Reading, Afterward, strengthen your ability to...
  12. (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
  13. (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...
  14. (Set) Building Great Sentences; Analysis and Critique; & Art of Reading  Set

    (Set) Building Great Sentences; Analysis and Critique; & Art of Reading

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $389.85 Starting at $389.85 $764.85 $389.85$764.85
    Hone the way you think about, write, and read with this three-course set. In Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft, learn how to build and appreciate elegant and informative sentences. In Analysis and Critique: How to Engage and Write about Anything, explore all the vital elements of successful writing. And in The Art of Reading, learn tools and techniques that will make future reading experiences...
  15. (Set)  The Critical Thinkers Toolkit Set

    (Set) The Critical Thinkers Toolkit

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,289.70 Starting at $1,289.70 $1,529.70 $1,289.70$1,529.70
    To be a critical thinker, you have to embrace multiple facets in your approach. Learn how to look at challenges from every fundamental perspective with this comprehensive six-course set including Critical Decision Making and Game Theory. From approaching a conflict to persuasively arguing a point of view, this set will prepare you to think through, and effectively make, good choices.
  16. (Set) Art of Reading & Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft  Set

    (Set) Art of Reading & Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Discover a wealth of practical and accessible insights that can enhance and improve your reading and writing with this engaging two-course set. Start by learning how to make your future reading experiences more enriching and enjoyable with The Art of Reading. Then, investigate the myriad ways we think about, talk about, and write sentences in Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft.
  17. (Set) Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator & Art of Reading  Set

    (Set) Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator & Art of Reading

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Tap into the art and craft of great teaching and insightful reading with this two-course set delivered by award-winning professors. In The Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator, develop and enhance your teaching style using invaluable methods, tools, and advice. In The Art of Reading, maximize your effectiveness as a reader with concepts and techniques that will make even the most daunting novel or...
  18. (Set) The English Novel & Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies  Set

    (Set) The English Novel & Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  19. (Set) Writing Creative Nonfiction & Art of Reading  Set

    (Set) Writing Creative Nonfiction & Art of Reading

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    This immensely practical two-course set will help improve your writing of the stories that you want to share with others as well as show you how to make your future reading experiences more enriching and enjoyable. 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, in Professor Tilar J. Mazzeo's...
  20. (Set) Prime Thinking Skills  Set

    (Set) Prime Thinking Skills

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,779.60 Starting at $1,779.60 $2,104.60 $1,779.60$2,104.60
    In today's 21st-century marketplace, it pays to be an effective critical thinker; to have the specific knowledge and skills necessary for success in both the workplace and at home. With these Great Courses, you'll find information and strategies aimed at transforming you into a prime thinker. Make smarter, savvier decisions. Hone your reading and interpretation skills. Tap into the secret knowledge of how experts...
  21. (Set) Building a Better Vocabulary & Art of Reading Set

    (Set) Building a Better Vocabulary & Art of Reading

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $349.90 Starting at $349.90 $639.90 $349.90$639.90
    Enhance your enjoyment of reading with this set. In Building a Better Vocabulary, tease apart the fine nuances between similar words. Then, in Art of Reading, learn techniques that will increase both your comprehension and your pleasure when you read.