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Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature Inhaltsangabe

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.

Utopian and dystopian writing sits at the crossroads of literature and other important academic disciplines such as philosophy, history, psychology, politics, and sociology. It serves as a useful tool to discuss our present condition and future prospects - to imagine a better tomorrow and warn of dangerous possibilities. To examine the future of mankind through detailed and fascinating stories that highlight and exploit our anxieties in adventurous, thought-provoking, and engaging ways. From Thomas More's foundational text Utopia published in 1516 to the 21st-century phenomenon of The Hunger Games, dive into stories that seek to find the best - and the worst - in humanity, with the hope of better understanding ourselves and the world. Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature delivers 24 illuminating lectures, led by Pamela Bedore, Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, which plunge you into the history and development of utopian ideas and their dystopian counterparts. You'll encounter some of the most powerful and influential texts in this genre as you travel centuries into the past and thousands of years into the future, through worlds that are beautiful, laughable, terrifying, and always thought-provoking.

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    • Great Utopian and Dystopian Works of Literature

    • Autor: Pamela Bedore, The Great Courses
    • Sprecher: Pamela Bedore
    • Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 27 Min.
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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.

    Regulärer Preis: 37,95 €

    • The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction

    • Autor: David Schmid, The Great Courses
    • Sprecher: David Schmid
    • Spieldauer: 18 Std. und 56 Min.
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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.

    Regulärer Preis: 45,95 €

    • How Great Science Fiction Works

    • Autor: Gary K. Wolfe, The Great Courses
    • Sprecher: Gary K. Wolfe
    • Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 31 Min.
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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.

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    • Sehr interessant, aber eher "The History, Presents and Future of SF" als "How great SF works"

    • Von Michael Ramsauer Am hilfreichsten 22.01.2017

    Regulärer Preis: 37,95 €

    • A Children's Guide to Folklore and Wonder Tales

    • Autor: The Great Courses, Hannah B. Harvey
    • Sprecher: Hannah B. Harvey
    • Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 27 Min.
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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.

    Regulärer Preis: 39,95 €