In which John Green teaches you about the Gilded Age and its politics. What, you may ask, is the Gilded Age? The term comes from a book by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner titled, “The Gilded Age.” You may see a pattern emerging here. It started in the 1870s and continued on until theContinue reading “Gilded Age Politics:Crash Course US History #26”
Hong Kong authorities arrested the authors of a children’s book this week and accused them of sedition. The book, “Defenders of Sheep Village,” explores the politics of a protest movement, facing off against an increasingly assertive China using animals. Nick Schifrin has the story.
This is it! The final episode of CC Literature season 4 is a deeper look at Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Today we’ll explore the novel’s take on materialism, and we’ll talk about whether the novel has a liberal or conservative message. Which matters because people have interpreted the book in various ways. Oh, andContinue reading “Liberals, Conservatives, and Pride and Prejudice, Part 2: Crash Course Literature 412”
In which a series about literature, which is wanting of an episode on Jane Austen, gets the first of two episodes. It’s Pride and Prejudice, everybody! John Green talks about Pride and Prejudice as a product of Regency England, gives you a short biographical look at author Jane Austen, and familiarizes you with the webContinue reading “Pride and Prejudice, Part 1: Crash Course Literature 411”
John Green teaches you about Virginia Woolf’s modernist novel, To the Lighthouse. Let’s face it. You’re not reading To the Lighthouse for the plot. There’s not a whole lot of plot, unless you count the tension about the beef stew. You’re reading it because it’s a pioneering literary work that explores point of view, narrativeContinue reading “To the Lighthouse: Crash Course Literature 408”
Today on Crash Course Literature, John Green teaches you about The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The Yellow Wallpaper tells the story of a woman who is a prisoner in her own home, in the name of caring for her mental health. The narrator stares all day the yellow wallpaper.
This week, John is teaching you about the near-future dystopia in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower. Parable of the Sower tells the story of Lauren Oya Olamina, and her life growing up in a post-climate change, semi-lawless America. It’s not great. The book reads as a dystopia, as a bildungsroman, and as a sacredContinue reading “The Parable of the Sower: Crash Course Literature 406”
John Green teaches you about Voltaire’s hugely important Enlightenment novel, Candide. Candide tells a pretty wild story, but for the most part, it’s about the best of all possible worlds. Which, spoiler alert, doesn’t seem to be the best of all possible worlds. Voltaire’s novel is a pretty frank look at Enlightenment philosophy that findsContinue reading “Candide: Crash Course Literature 405”
This week, John Green continues to teach you about Margaret Atwood’s speculative fiction, The Handmaid’s Tale. In this installment, we’re looking at Atwood’s desire to tell a story from a female point of view, and what exactly it means to tell a story in that way, and if in fact there is an inherently maleContinue reading “The Handmaid’s Tale, Part 2: Crash Course Literature 404”
In which John Green teaches you about Margaret Atwood’s speculative fiction novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. John looks at some of the themes in this classic dystopian novel, many of which are kind of a downer. The world of Gilead that Atwood created looks at a lot of the issues that we deal with today, andContinue reading “The Handmaid’s Tale, Part 1: Crash Course Literature 403”