The Great Courses No.2120: The Western Literary Canon In Context

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The Great Courses No.2120: The Western Literary Canon In Context

The Great Courses No.2120: The Western Literary Canon In Context
36 lectures | 31 minutes each | Year Released: 2008
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The Western literary canon has come to epitomize the official—and sometimes controversial—list of works that every educated person should know. Among its more than 3,000 works are the Odyssey, Beowulf, Hamlet, and War and Peace—all of which have stood the test of time to become essential aspects of Western culture and our reading lives. Even if you haven't read some of them, you've undoubtedly heard of them—their mere titles are synonymous with greatness. But what exactly is the Western literary canon? Why does it contain certain works and not others? What is its history? What is its future? Most important: What do particular works in the Western canon tell us about the development of literature and civilization?
Content:

01.The Bible and the Literary Canon
02.The Bible as Literature
03.The Epic of Gilgamesh—Western Literature?
04.Homer's Odyssey and the Seafaring Hero
05.The Context of Athenian Tragedy
06.Herodotus versus Thucydides
07.Socrates and Plato—Writing and Reality
08.Aristotle's Poetics—How We Tell Stories
09.Virgil's Aeneid and the Epic of Empire
10.Love Interest—Ovid's Metamorphoses
11.St. Augustine Saves the Classics
12.All Literature is Consolation—Boethius
13.Beowulf—The Fortunate Survivor
14.King Arthur, Politics, and Sir Gawain
15.Dante and the Canon of Christian Literature
16.Boccaccio—Ancient Masters, Modern Rivals
17.Chaucer—The Father of English Literature
18."Man for All Seasons"—More and His Utopia
19.Hamlet—English Literature Goes Global
20.Brave New Worlds—Shakespeare's The Tempest
21.Cervantes's Don Quixote and the Novel
22.The Rebel as Hero—Milton's Paradise Lost
23.Voice of an Age—Voltaire's Candide
24.Pride and Prejudice—Women in the Canon
25.Nationalism and Culture in Goethe's Faust
26.Melville's Moby-Dick and Global Literature
27.Cult Classic—The Charterhouse of Parma
28.East Meets West in War and Peace
29.Joyce's Ulysses and the Avant-Garde
30.The Magic Mountain and Modern Institutions
31.Mrs. Dalloway and Post-War England
32.T. S. Eliot's Divine Comedy
33.Faulkner and the Great American Novel
34.Willa Cather and Mosaics of Identity
35.Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings—Literature?
36.Postcolonialism—The Empire Writes Back

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