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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33 Courses and Sets

  1. (Set) Life and Work of Mark Twain/Classics of American Literature Set

    (Set) Life and Work of Mark Twain/Classics of American Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $529.90 Starting at $529.90 $1,004.90 $529.90$1,004.90
  2. (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,...
  3. (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...
  4. (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
  5. (Set) A Day's Read & Masterpieces of Short Fiction Set

    (Set) A Day's Read & Masterpieces of Short Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $329.90 $329.90$329.90
  6. (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...
  7. (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

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  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) Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition; Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature; & Western Literary Canon in Context  Set

    (Set) Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition; Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature; & Western Literary Canon in Context

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $799.85 Starting at $799.85 $1,499.85 $799.85$1,499.85
  10. (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...
  11. (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
  12. (SET) Rise of the Novel & Classic Novels Set

    (SET) Rise of the Novel & Classic Novels

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Why is the novel so enduring? Discover the answer in this illuminating set of courses that encompasses the entire history of the form. First, dive into some of the world’s most notable early novels and learn what this literary form can tell us about human nature and our unquenchable thirst for great stories in Rise of the Novel: Exploring History’s Greatest Early Works. Then, in Classic Novels: Meeting the...
  13. (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 $399.90 $399.90$399.90
    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.