The Great Courses: Genre Fiction
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  • Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature |  The Great Courses

    Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Pamela Bedore
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    Can literature change our real world society? At its foundation, utopian and dystopian fiction asks a few seemingly simple questions aimed at doing just that. Who are we as a society? Who do we want to be? Who are we afraid we might become? When these questions are framed in the speculative versions of Heaven and Hell on earth, you won't find easy answers, but you will find tremendously insightful and often entertaining perspectives.

    I have been challenged to rethink.

    I've had trouble with this book. It has forced me to look again at some of my views & values regarding Gender types, Young adult literature and many o..Show More »

    Reviewed on 27 June 2017 by Mr (United Kingdom)
  • The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction |  The Great Courses

    The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction

    • ORIGINAL (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David Schmid
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    Great mystery and suspense writers have created some of the most unforgettable stories in all of literature. Even those who don't consider themselves fans of this intriguing genre are familiar with names such as Hercule Poirot, Sam Spade, Hannibal Lecter, and Robert Langdon, and understand the deep and lasting impact this writing has had on literature as a whole.

    Disappointing

    Shorter more focussed course or a wider choice of examples.

    I reached the stage of gritting my teeth every time he mentioned Edgar Allen Poe...Show More »

    Reviewed on 30 June 2017 by Adrian Marriette ()
  • How Great Science Fiction Works |  The Great Courses

    How Great Science Fiction Works

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Gary K. Wolfe
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    Robots, spaceships, futuristic megacities, planets orbiting distant stars. These icons of science fiction are now in our daily news. Science fiction, once maligned as mere pulp, has motivated cutting-edge scientific research, inspired new technologies, and changed how we view everyday life - and its themes and questions permeate popular culture. Take an unparalleled look at the influence, history, and greatest works of science fiction with illuminating insights and fascinating facts about this wide-ranging genre.

    Informative and enjoyable

    Informative and enjoyable

    Reviewed on 11 January 2016 by barbara ()
  • A Children's Guide to Folklore and Wonder Tales |  The Great Courses

    A Children's Guide to Folklore and Wonder Tales

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Hannah B. Harvey
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    In The Children's Guide to Folklore and Wonder Tales, Dr. Hannah Blevins Harvey unpacks more than 60 of our most beloved stories, fables, fairy tales, and songs from around the world - providing you with a fascinating, in-depth view into the history, context, and deeper meaning of the tales we know and love. As you travel through the catalogs of Grimm, Aesop, Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, Oscar Wilde, and so many more, you'll gain profound insights into how and why these stories came to be.

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