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  1. Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement

    Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement

    Ashton Nichols
    4.2 out of 5
    71% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (70)
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    In this course, Professor Ashton Nichols introduces us to two remarkable figures Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and a diverse group of intellectual activists, literary figures, and social reformers whose ideas, often considered radical at the time of the Civil War, would remake American society.
  2. The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction Sale

    The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction

    David Schmid
    4.5 out of 5
    84% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (58)
    Save up to $300.00 Starting at $34.95 $384.95 $34.95$384.95
    Great mystery and suspense writers have created some of the most unforgettable stories in all of literature and they continue to grow in popularity. How did the genre become so prevalent? Why is it a go-to for so many readers around the world? What makes the dark and sometimes grisly themes appealing? In The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction, Professor David Schmid examines these questions and more.
  3. Books That Have Made History:  Books That Can Change Your Life Sale

    Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life

    J. Rufus Fears
    4 out of 5
    66% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (172)
    Save up to $305.00 Starting at $49.95 $374.95 $49.95$374.95
    What makes a written work eternal—its message still so fundamental to the way we live that it continues to speak to us, hundreds or thousands of years distant from the lifetime of its author? Professor J. Rufus Fears presents his choices of some of the most essential writings in history—works that shaped the minds of great individuals and offer an extraordinary gift of wisdom. This course focuses on intellectual...
  4. History of World Literature

    History of World Literature

    Grant L. Voth
    4.9 out of 5
    81% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (72)
    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. Life and Work of Mark Twain

    Life and Work of Mark Twain

    Stephen Railton
    4.3 out of 5
    68% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (57)
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Gain a deeper understanding of an American icon’s most beloved works as award-winning scholar Stephen Railton unravels the mystery of the “real” Mark Twain. How can we make sense of Twain’s ambivalence about his own fulfillment of the American dream? Many of the answers are available in the pages of his greatest works, the focus of this course.
  6. Masterpieces of Short Fiction

    Masterpieces of Short Fiction

    Michael Krasny
    3.7 out of 5
    60% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (43)
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    More than a shorter version of a novel, the short story is a unique and rewarding literary form in itself. In Masterpieces of Short Fiction, esteemed scholar and educator Dr. Michael Krasny takes you into 23 renowned short stories from iconic writers like Edgar Allan Poe and Ernest Hemingway. You explore how tales such as "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Killers" characterize the artistry and insight found in...
  7. Classics of American Literature Sale

    Classics of American Literature

    Arnold Weinstein
    4.5 out of 5
    68% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (64)
    Save up to $600.00 Starting at $74.95 $749.95 $74.95$749.95
    Classic stories and poems of American literature are found in the pages of Franklin, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Dickinson, Twain, Whitman, Faulkner, and many others. When was the last time you read them? Possibly not as recently as you'd like. Why? Not because you wouldn't love it. But perhaps the demands of your daily life or some other reason have prevented this pleasure. Now, here is the opportunity...
  8. Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America

    Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America

    Peter Conn
    4.7 out of 5
    91% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (59)
    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...
  9. The Western Literary Canon in Context

    The Western Literary Canon in Context

    John M. Bowers
    4.5 out of 5
    84% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (58)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    Explore how some of the most influential masterpieces of literature became part of the elite catalog of books known as the Western literary canon. In The Western Literary Canon in Context, you journey from the ancient world to the 20th century and investigate the literary and historical significance of works including the Odyssey, Beowulf, Moby-Dick, War and Peace, and Ulysses. Award-winning Professor John M. Bowers...
  10. The Skeptic's Guide to the Great Books

    The Skeptic's Guide to the Great Books

    Grant L. Voth
    4.6 out of 5
    83% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (42)
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $89.95 $89.95$89.95
    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...
  11. Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition Sale

    Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4.5 out of 5
    53% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (30)
    Save up to $669.95 Starting at $60.00 $749.95 $60.00$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,...
  12. Masterworks of Early 20th-Century Literature

    Masterworks of Early 20th-Century Literature

    David Thorburn
    4.7 out of 5
    78% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (50)
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Joyce, Faulkner, Conrad, Woolf, Kafka, Lawrence. Their works are some of the most challenging—yet rewarding—you'll ever encounter. But their novels are not what you might expect. The style is unfamiliar, the narrative is fragmented, and there isn't a clear plot. It's like nothing you've ever read before. Now you can explore this remarkable literary movement and gain insights into the secrets behind Modernism...
  13. Understanding Literature and Life: Drama, Poetry and Narrative

    Understanding Literature and Life: Drama, Poetry and Narrative

    Arnold Weinstein
    4.5 out of 5
    55% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (29)
    Starting at $349.95 Starting at $349.95 $349.95 $349.95$349.95
    This course is an introduction to the major texts of Western culture, from antiquity onward. It stresses the uniqueness of literary language, the formal and generic conventions of writing, the position that literature occupies as a site for historical and ideological conflicts, and the continuing human significance of the great works of the past and present.
  14. A Day's Read

    A Day's Read

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4.2 out of 5
    85% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (21)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $199.95 $199.95$199.95
    "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...
  15. 20th-Century American Fiction

    20th-Century American Fiction

    Arnold Weinstein
    4.5 out of 5
    50% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (24)
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $249.95 $249.95$249.95
    Professor Arnold Weinstein explores the works of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and others in this remarkable lecture series. Like no one else in the world, Americans grow up believing—or imagining—that they are masters of a destiny without constraint. How did this national ethos unleash a body of fiction dramatically different from anything that came before?
  16. Books that Matter: The Federalist Papers Sale

    Books that Matter: The Federalist Papers

    Joseph L. Hoffmann
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    Books That Matter: The Federalist Papers gives you the chance to delve into one of the most influential guides to the U.S. Constitution. Taught by acclaimed professor and legal scholar Joseph L. Hoffmann of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, these 12 thought-provoking lectures unpack the 85 brilliant essays by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay that serve essentially as the Bible of American...