Professor Ronald B. Herzman, Ph.D.

Professor Ronald B. Herzman
  • State University of New York, Geneseo
  • University of Delaware
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Dr. Ronald B. Herzman is Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at the State University of New York at Geneseo, where he has taught since 1969. He graduated with honors from Manhattan College and earned his master's degree and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Delaware. Dr. Herzman's teaching interests include Dante, Chaucer, Francis of Assisi, Shakespeare, the Bible, and Arthurian literature. He has written many articles and book chapters and is the coauthor of The Apocalyptic Imagination in Medieval Literature and coeditor of Four Romances of England. Professor Herzman received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1976, and in 1991, Manhattan College awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. Professor Herzman and Professor William R. Cook have been collaborating intensively since 1973, when they team-taught a course at SUNY-Geneseo called The Age of Chaucer. Subsequent courses included The Age of Dante and The Age of Francis of Assisi. Both prolific writers in their own right, together they have published The Medieval World View with the Oxford University Press, currently in its second edition. In 2003, Professors Cook and Herzman were presented with the Medieval Academy of America's first-ever CARA Award for Excellence in Teaching Medieval Studies.

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26 Courses and Sets

  1. Dante's Divine Comedy

    Dante's Divine Comedy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4.8 out of 5
    85% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (107)
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Two gifted teachers share the fruit of two lifetimes’ worth of historical and literary expertise in this rewarding introduction to one of the greatest poems ever written. You will explore invaluable background information on Dante’s life, why he wrote the Divine Comedy, how to approach English editions, and many of the poem’s characters and episodes.
  2. St. Augustine's Confessions

    St. Augustine's Confessions

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4.5 out of 5
    73% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (75)
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    This course examines all 13 books, or chapters, of this masterpiece that inspired Dante and Martin Luther and encouraged Christianity to accept the thinking of Plato. It provides the background needed to understand the Confessions as Augustine intended and analyzes his account—told in stories that are as powerful as any in world literature—of the events leading to his Christian conversion.
  3. 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
    54% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (31)
    Save up to $600.00 Starting at $74.95 $749.95 $74.95$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,...
  4. Francis of Assisi

    Francis of Assisi

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    4.3 out of 5
    75% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (93)
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $89.95 $89.95$89.95
    When Francis of Assisi died in 1226, he left behind little material wealth. And yet he did leave behind a spiritual legacy that survives and changes lives even today. Francis of Assisi, delivered by the veteran teaching team of Professors William R. Cook and Ronald B. Herzman, gives you a well-rounded and fully informed introduction to this luminous man and his influence on the course of both Christian and Western...
  5. 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.
  6. (Set) Classical Mythology & Dante's  Divine Comedy Set

    (Set) Classical Mythology & Dante's Divine Comedy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
  7. (Set) How to Read and Understand Shakespeare & Dante's Divine Comedy  Set

    (Set) How to Read and Understand Shakespeare & Dante's Divine Comedy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Get the tools and literary and historical background to understand the virtuoso works of these two powerhouse figures in literature. In How to Read and Understand Shakespeare, you get a set of more than 40 interpretive tools to understand for yourself any of Shakespeare’s plays. And in Dante’s Divine Comedy, you’ll dig deep into this profound poem to see how it addresses fundamental questions...
  8. (Set) Western Literary Canon in Context & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Western Literary Canon in Context & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $1,124.90 $599.90$1,124.90
    Gain insights into the great works and authors of the Western literary tradition. The Western Literary Canon in Context is a thorough investigation of more than 30 key works in the Western literary canon and their critical roles in the development of literature. Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition is an 84-lecture survey of the writers who shaped Western storytelling into what it is today.
  9. (Set) Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition & Classics of British Literature  Set

    (Set) Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition & Classics of British Literature

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.90 Starting at $649.90 $1,269.90 $649.90$1,269.90
    Comb through the powerful and enduring works by some of the most brilliant writers in history with this two-course set. Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition spans 30 centuries of the finest literature ever written and covers almost five dozen timeless works, from the epics and dramas of the ancient Hebrews and Greeks to the prose fiction of the 20th century. Classics of British Literature is...
  10. (Set) St. Augustine's  Confessions  & After the New Testament  Set

    (Set) St. Augustine's Confessions & After the New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  11. (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
  12. (Set) Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,124.90 Starting at $1,124.90 $1,124.90 $1,124.90$1,124.90
    Learn new ways to read some of Western civilization's greatest literary treasures. In Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life, discover enduring life lessons in works such as the Iliad, Beowulf, and Gandhi's Autobiography. Then, survey over 70 masterpieces of literature by iconic Western authors including Shakespeare, Milton, Dostoevsky, Conrad, Woolf, and Faulkner in Great Authors of the...
  13. (Set) Shakespeare's Tragedies & Dante's  Divine Comedy   Set

    (Set) Shakespeare's Tragedies & Dante's Divine Comedy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  14. (Set) History of World Literature & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition  Set on sale

    (Set) History of World Literature & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $1,073.00 Starting at $102.90 $1,269.90 $102.90$1,269.90
    Sample brilliant literary masterpieces from around the world in The History of World Literature, which covers such vibrant works as The Epic of Gilgamesh and Things Fall Apart. Then, survey the lives and works of Western literature's masterful writers—including Homer, Shakespeare, and Virginia Woolf—in Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition.
  15. (Set) Classics of American Literature & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Classics of American Literature & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $799.90 Starting at $799.90 $1,499.90 $799.90$1,499.90
    Now is your chance to discover more insights about the literature that has defined our lives. Study the classic stories and poems that illustrate our great nation's character in Classics of American Literature. Then, meet more than 60 of Western civilization's greatest authors and unpack their unforgettable works in Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition.
  16. (Set) St. Augustine's  Confessions  & Luther: Gospel, Law, and Reformation  Set

    (Set) St. Augustine's Confessions & Luther: Gospel, Law, and Reformation

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  17. (Set) Building Great Sentences & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition  Set

    (Set) Building Great Sentences & Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,004.90 Starting at $1,004.90 $1,004.90 $1,004.90$1,004.90
    Learn how great sentences are crafted and sample how the West's greatest writers used them to create timeless literary treasures with this enlightening two-course set. First, investigate the myriad ways we think about, talk about, and write great sentences in Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft. Then, learn how authors from Homer to St. Augustine to Dickens to Faulkner employed powerful writing in...
  18. (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition; Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition; & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition  Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition; Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition; & How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,149.85 Starting at $2,149.85 $2,149.85 $2,149.85$2,149.85
    Explore the greatness of Western culture with this epic three-course set that surveys the best that our civilization's intellectual, literary, and musical traditions have to offer. Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition is a comprehensive survey of Western philosophy from its origins in classical Greece to the revolutionary views of the 20th century. Great Authors of the Western Literary...
  19. (Set) Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies & Dante's  Divine Comedy   Set

    (Set) Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies & Dante's Divine Comedy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90
    Read between the lines of enduring masterpieces by two of Western civilization's greatest writers in this illuminating course set. Start by exploring Dante's great work of spiritual and medieval poetry in Dante's Divine Comedy. Then, in Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, get an introduction to some of the hallmark plays of William Shakespeare and discover exactly what makes him the definitive author of...
  20. (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...