Professor Arnold Weinstein, Ph.D.

Professor Arnold Weinstein
  • Brown University
  • Harvard University
Literature is not information-driven. Instead, it offers us a unique opportunity to see, even to experience, the subjectivity of others. This adds to our own stock.
Dr. Arnold Weinstein is the Edna and Richard Salomon Distinguished Professor at Brown University, where he has been teaching for over 35 years. He earned his undergraduate degree in Romance Languages from Princeton University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. Among his many academic honors, research grants, and fellowships is the Younger Humanist Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Fulbright Senior Lecturer Award as a visiting professor at Stockholm University, Brown University's award as best teacher in the humanities, Professeur InvitÈ in American Literature at the Ecole Normale SupÈrieure in Paris, and a Fellowship for University Professors from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Professor Weinstein is the author of many books, including Fictions of the Self: 1550ñ1800 (1981); Nobody's Home: Speech, Self, and Place in American Fiction from Hawthorne to DeLillo (1993); and A Scream Goes Through The House: What Literature Teaches Us About Life (2003). Northern Arts: The Breakthrough of Scandinavian Literature and Art from Ibsen to Bergman (Princeton University Press, 2008), was named one of the 25 Best Books of 2009 by The Atlantic. Professor Weinstein chaired the Advisory Council on Comparative Literature at Princeton University, is the sponsor of Swedish Studies at Brown, and is actively involved in the American Comparative Literature Association.
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"Professor Weinstein is quite simply the best teacher of literature - brilliant, charming, and entertaining.  He makes accessible the commonly inaccessible."

 

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"Professor Weinstein is the most perceptive and articulate literary critic I've ever encountered. Each of his lectures is a 30 minute work of art."

32 Courses and Sets

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32 Courses and Sets

  1. Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature

    Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature

    Arnold Weinstein
    4.4 out of 5
    66% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (63)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    More than a mere "slice of life," classic novels perform a sort of miracle, jolting us to see the remarkable, often provocative truths that underlie the human condition. To experience these extraordinary novels is to ask deep and sometimes unsettling questions about our lives and our world. Join us for an epic journey, as you traverse three centuries, sojourn in foreign lands, and enter remarkable realms of the...
  2. A Day's Read

    A Day's Read

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4.1 out of 5
    85% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (20)
    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...
  3. Classics of American Literature Sale

    Classics of American Literature

    Arnold Weinstein
    4.5 out of 5
    67% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (61)
    Save up to $570.00 Starting at $79.95 $749.95 $79.95$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...
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The Soul and the City: Art, Literature, and Urban Living

    The Soul and the City: Art, Literature, and Urban Living

    Arnold Weinstein
    4.6 out of 5
    69% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (23)
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $89.95 $89.95$89.95
    This course explores artists' complex renderings of the humanity of city life from the 18th to the 20th centuries, selecting particular moments and cities to illustrate urban themes such as anonymity, orientation, and exchange. Art represents the city in ways that go beyond quantifiable measures, serving as a record of subjective experience and providing a rich picture of how humans live in cities such as St....
  7. 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?
  8. (Set) Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement & Classics of American Literature  Set

    (Set) Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement & Classics of American Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $529.90 Starting at $529.90 $1,004.90 $529.90$1,004.90
    Explore the American spirit through the perspective of its unique philosophical movement and its wealth of literary masterpieces in this two-course set. In Emerson, Thoreau, and the Transcendentalist Movement, award-winning Professor Ashton Nichols introduces you to these two remarkable American thinkers and the diverse group of intellectual activists, literary figures, and social reformers whose ideas would remake...
  9. (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...
  10. (Set) Classic Novels & Understanding Literature and Life: Drama, Poetry and Narrative   Set

    (Set) Classic Novels & Understanding Literature and Life: Drama, Poetry and Narrative

    Arnold Weinstein
    Starting at $549.90 Starting at $549.90 $549.90 $549.90$549.90
  11. (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 $329.90 $329.90$329.90
  12. (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...
  13. (Set) Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature & Masterpieces of Short Fiction  Set

    (Set) Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature & Masterpieces of Short Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  14. (Set)  The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books & Classics of Americ Set

    (Set) The Skeptic's Guide to Great Books & Classics of Americ

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $489.90 Starting at $489.90 $489.90 $489.90$489.90
  15. (Set) Classics of Russian Literature & Classics of American Literature  Set on sale

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $915.00 Starting at $97.90 $1,124.90 $97.90$1,124.90
  16. (Set) Classics of American Literature & Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies  Set

    (Set) Classics of American Literature & Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,124.90 Starting at $1,124.90 $1,124.90 $1,124.90$1,124.90
  17. (Set) Classic Novels & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition  Set

    (Set) Classic Novels & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $1,124.90 $599.90$1,124.90
    Explore literature's most iconic writers and their unforgettable masterpieces. Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition surveys the lives and works of over 70 of Western literature's masterful writers, including Homer, Shakespeare, and Virginia Woolf. Then, investigate the dazzling, surprising, and deeply moving worlds revealed through great works such as Moby-Dick, The Brothers Karamazov, and As...
  18. (Set) Classics of American Literature & Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature  Set

    (Set) Classics of American Literature & Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature

    Arnold Weinstein
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $1,124.90 $599.90$1,124.90
    In this course set that pairs together two of our most popular literature courses, experience timeless works from both the history of American literature and also the history of the novel. In Classics of American Literature, 84 lectures cover some of the greatest works of American literature by Irving, Hawthorne, Poe, Melville, Whitman, Thoreau, Twain, James, Faulkner, Crane, Hemingway, Frost, and Steinbeck, and...
  19. (Set) Building Great Sentences & Understanding Literature and Life  Set

    (Set) Building Great Sentences & Understanding Literature and Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $479.90 Starting at $479.90 $479.90 $479.90$479.90

    Out of stock

    Discover what makes for great writing and reading in these two popular courses. Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft investigates the myriad ways we think about, talk about, and write great sentences. Understanding Literature and Life: Drama, Poetry and Narrative reveals fascinating insights into great works from these three powerful literary genres.
  20. (Set)  A Day's Read & Books That Have Made History Set

    (Set) A Day's Read & Books That Have Made History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90

    Out of stock