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  1. Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature

    Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature

    Thomas A. Shippey
    4.5 out of 5
    80% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (70)
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Heroes hold a special place in our imagination. Names such as Odysseus, Beowulf, and Queen Guinevere summon up mythic legends, while Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, and Huckleberry Finn are some of the most recognizable figures in all of world literature. What do these memorable characters have in common? And what impact have they made on world history? Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of...
  2. Classics of Russian Literature

    Classics of Russian Literature

    Irwin Weil
    4.6 out of 5
    75% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (78)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    Russian literature famously probes the depths of the human soul. This course explores masterpieces at all levels—characters, plots, scenes, and sometimes even single sentences. Professor Irwin Weil, a passionate and illuminating teacher, has chosen a rich sampling of Russia’s greatest writers, based on his 50-year love affair with the language and its literature.
  3. The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction

    The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction

    David Schmid
    4.5 out of 5
    85% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (60)
    Starting at $219.95 Starting at $219.95 $384.95 $219.95$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.
  4. Classics of British Literature

    Classics of British Literature

    John Sutherland
    4.5 out of 5
    84% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (57)
    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...
  5. Great American Short Stories: A Guide for Readers and Writers

    Great American Short Stories: A Guide for Readers and Writers

    Jennifer Cognard-Black
    4.9 out of 5
    92% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (14)
    Starting at $149.95 Starting at $149.95 $269.95 $149.95$269.95
    Whether you want to write short stories, simply want better insight as a reader, or even if you are looking for a new lens through which to view American history, the 24 rich and informative lectures of Great American Short Stories: A Guide for Writers and Readers will show you the ins and outs of this infinitely adaptable—and intrinsically American—literary form.
  6. How Great Science Fiction Works Sale

    How Great Science Fiction Works

    Gary K. Wolfe
    4.5 out of 5
    90% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (84)
    Save up to $210.00 Starting at $39.95 $269.95 $39.95$269.95
    Science fiction can take us places in time and space where no other art can. It has motivated cutting-edge scientific research, inspired new technologies, and changed how we view everyday life—and its themes and questions permeate popular culture. Take an unparalleled look at the influence, history, and greatest works of science fiction with illuminating insights and fascinating facts about this wide-ranging genre.
  7. Masterpieces of Short Fiction

    Masterpieces of Short Fiction

    Michael Krasny
    3.6 out of 5
    57% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (45)
    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...
  8. The English Novel

    The English Novel

    Timothy Spurgin
    4.7 out of 5
    80% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (73)
    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.
  9. Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind: Literature's Most Fantastic Works

    Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind: Literature's Most Fantastic Works

    Eric S. Rabkin
    3.5 out of 5
    46% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (75)
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Explore classic masterpieces of the imaginative mind from famous authors such as Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, Jules Verne, J. R. R. Tolkien, Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and more. From talking frogs to human robots, from Mad Hatters to mad scientists, Professor Rabkin helps you discover the magic, wonder, and profound significance of that literature.
  10. Classics of American Literature

    Classics of American Literature

    Arnold Weinstein
    4.5 out of 5
    64% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (68)
    Starting at $399.95 Starting at $399.95 $749.95 $399.95$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...
  11. 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
    (61)
    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...
  12. Masterpieces of Ancient Greek Literature

    Masterpieces of Ancient Greek Literature

    David J. Schenker
    4.6 out of 5
    64% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (37)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    Masterpieces of Ancient Greek Literature offers a view of literature that highlights the importance of the ancient Greeks to so much of the world that came after them, and particularly to our own way of living in and seeing that world.
  13. Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4.5 out of 5
    54% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (31)
    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,...
  14. 36 Books That Changed the World Collection

    36 Books That Changed the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    3.4 out of 5
    61% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (13)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $199.95 $199.95$199.95
    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.
  15. Modern British Drama

    Modern British Drama

    Peter Saccio
    4.8 out of 5
    65% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (23)
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $89.95 $89.95$89.95
    Waiting for Godot. The Importance of Being Earnest. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Since Shakespeare's time, no period has produced more brilliant and varied theater in Great Britain than its last 100 years. For Modern British Drama, Professor Peter Saccio has selected the major British playwrights of the past century to cover: Wilde, Shaw, Coward, Beckett, Osborne, Pinter, Stoppard, Churchill, and Hare....
  16. 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?
  17. How Science Shapes Science Fiction Sale

    How Science Shapes Science Fiction

    Charles L. Adler
    4.6 out of 5
    80% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (5)
    Save up to $190.00 Starting at $59.95 $269.95 $59.95$269.95
    View scientific knowledge through the lens of fiction in and explore theories, concepts, and formulas that may seem daunting in more academic settings. How Science Shapes Science Fiction showcases the ways fiction has an amazing capacity to teach us about ourselves and the nature of the world we live in.