Pride and Prejudice, Part 1: Crash Course Literature 411

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”

Gender, Guilt, and Fate – Macbeth, Part 2: Crash Course Literature 410

This week on Crash Course Literature, John Green is continuing to talk about Shakespeare’s dark, bloody, Scottish play, Macbeth. This time around, we’re looking at the play’s characters operate, how the play deals with gender, and the Macbeth as an early anti-hero. He’s no Walter White, but you can definitely love to hate him. OrContinue reading “Gender, Guilt, and Fate – Macbeth, Part 2: Crash Course Literature 410”

To the Lighthouse: Crash Course Literature 408

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”

Candide: Crash Course Literature 405

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”

Invisible Man: Crash Course Literature 308

This week, we’re on to reading Ralph Ellison’s great novel about the black experience in America after World War II, Invisible Man. John will teach you about Ellison’s nameless narrator, and his attempts to find his way in a social order that dehumanizes him and renders him invisible at every turn. Ellison’s novel follows itsContinue reading “Invisible Man: Crash Course Literature 308”

Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Crash Course Literature 304

This week, we’re learning about sonnets, and English Literature’s best-known purveyor of those fourteen-line paeans, William Shakespeare. We’ll look at a few of Willy Shakes’s biggest hits, including Sonnet 18, “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day,” Sonnet 116, “Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediment,” and Sonnet 130, “MyContinue reading “Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Crash Course Literature 304”

The Raft, the River, and The Weird Ending of Huckleberry Finn: Crash Course Literature 303

This week, we’re continuing our discussion of Mark Twain’s ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.’ This is part two of our talk about Huck Finn, and this time we’re looking at the metaphors in the book, a little bit about what the metaphors like the Island and the River and the Raft might mean, and whyContinue reading “The Raft, the River, and The Weird Ending of Huckleberry Finn: Crash Course Literature 303”

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Part 1: Crash Course Literature 302

In which John Green teaches you about Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This week, we’ll talk a little bit about Samuel Langhorne Clemens, who wrote under the name Mark Twain, and how he mined his early life for decades to produce his pretty well-loved body of work. By far the best of Twain’sContinue reading “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Part 1: Crash Course Literature 302”

Their Eyes Were Watching God: Crash Course Literature 301

In which John Green reads Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” and talks to you about it. You’ll learn about Zora Neale Hurston’s life, and we’ll also look at how the interpretations of the book have changed over time. Also, this book will give you a healthy appreciation for the rabies vaccine,Continue reading “Their Eyes Were Watching God: Crash Course Literature 301”

The Poetry of Sylvia Plath: Crash Course Literature 216

In which John Green teaches you about the poetry of Sylvia Plath. When a lot of people think about Sylvia Plath, they think about her struggles with mental illness and her eventual suicide. Her actual work can get lost in the shuffle a bit, so this video really tries to focus on the poetry. You’llContinue reading “The Poetry of Sylvia Plath: Crash Course Literature 216”

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