Maria Stewart: Crash Course Black American History #14

Clint Smith teaches you about Maria Stewart, a Black woman who lived in the 19th century, and was a pioneering abolitionist, writer, and orator. When studying history, we often focus on the big picture and world-changing events. Today we’ll focus on how one woman flouted the social conventions of her time and place and becameContinue reading “Maria Stewart: Crash Course Black American History #14”

Gilded Age Politics:Crash Course US History #26

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”

Liberals, Conservatives, and Pride and Prejudice, Part 2: Crash Course Literature 412

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”

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”

Free Will, Witches, Murder, and Macbeth, Part 1: Crash Course Literature 409

The Sound! The Fury! Today, we’re talking about Shakespeare’s Scottish play, Macbeth. So, was Macbeth really predestined to do all the murdering and bad kinging and other terrible stuff? That’s the big question in Macbeth, and it’s one of the ideas we’re going to talk about today, among many. Also, Yoda joins us for theContinue reading “Free Will, Witches, Murder, and Macbeth, Part 1: Crash Course Literature 409”

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”

The Yellow Wallpaper: Crash Course Literature 407

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.

The Parable of the Sower: Crash Course Literature 406

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”

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”

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