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TTC Video Ц Classics of American Literature

 
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Course No. 250 (84 lectures, 30 minutes/lecture)
Taught by Arnold Weinstein
Brown University
Ph.D., Harvard University

 

Course Lecture Titles
01. Introduction to Classics of American Literature
02. Benjamin Franklins Autobiography – The First American Story
03. Washington Irving – The First American Storyteller
04. Ralph Waldo Emerson Yesterday – Americas Coming of Age
05. Emerson Today – Architect of American Values
06. Emerson Tomorrow – Deconstructing Culture and Self
07. Henry David Thoreau – Countercultural Hero
08. Thoreau – Stylist and Humorist Extraordinaire
09. Walden – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
10. Edgar Allan Poe
11. Poe – Ghost Writer
12. Poes Legacy – The Self as “Haunted Palace”
13. Nathaniel Hawthorne and the American Past
14. The Scarlet Letter – Puritan Romance
15. Hawthornes A – Interpretation and Semiosis
16. The Scarlet Letter – Political Tract or Psychological Study
17. Hawthorne Our Contemporary
18. Herman Melville and the Making of Moby-Dick
19. The Biggest Fish Story of Them All
20. Ahab and the White Whale
21. Moby-Dick – Tragedy of Perspective
22. Melvilles Benito Cereno – American (Mis)adventure at Sea
23. Benito Cereno – Theater of Power or Power of Theater
24. Walt Whitman – The American Bard Appears
25. Whitman – Poet of the Body
26. Whitman – Poet of the City
27. Whitman – Poet of Death
28. The Whitman Legacy
29. Uncle Toms Cabin – The Unread Classic
30. Stowes Representation of Slavery
31. Freedom and Art in Uncle Toms Cabin
32. Emily Dickinson – In and Out of Nature
33. Dickinsons Poetry – Language and Consciousness
34. Dickinson – Devotee of Death
35. Dickinson – “Amhersts Madame de Sade”
36. Dickinsons Legacy
37. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – American Paradise Regained
38. Huckleberry Finn – The Banned Classic
39. Huckleberry Finn – A Childs Voice, a Childs Vision
40. Huckleberry Finn, American Orphan
41. Mark Twains Puddnhead Wilson – Black and White Charade
42. Henry James and the Novel of Perception
43. The Turn of the Screw – Do You Believe in Ghosts
44. Turning the Screw of Interpretation
45. Stephen Crane and the Literature of War
46. The Red Badge of Courage – Brave New World
47. Stephen Crane – Scientist of Human Behavior
48. Charlotte Perkins Gilman – War Against Patriarchy
49. The Yellow Wallpaper – Descent into Hell or Free at Last
50. Robert Frost and the Spirit of New England
51. Robert Frost – At Home in the Metaphor
52. Robert Frost and the Fruits of the Earth
53. T.S. Eliot – Unloved Modern Classic
54. T.S. Eliot – The Waste Land and Beyond
55. F. Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby – American Romance
56. The Great Gatsby – A Story of Lost Illusions
57. Fitzgeralds Triumph – Writing the American Dream
58. Ernest Hemingways The Sun Also Rises – Novel of the Lost Generation
59. The Sun Also Rises – Spiritual Quest
60. Ernest Hemingway – Wordsmith
61. Hemingways The Garden of Eden – Female Desire Unleashed

62. The Garden of Eden – Combat Zone
63. William Faulkners The Sound and the Fury – The Idiots Tale
64. The Sound and the Fury – Failed Rites of Passage
65. The Sound and the Fury – Signifying Nothing
66. Absalom, Absalom – Civil War Epic
67. Absalom, Absalom – The Language of Love
68. Absalom, Absalom – The Overpass to Love
69. The Grapes of Wrath – American Saga
70. John Steinbeck – Poet of the Little Man
71. The Grapes of Wrath – Reconceiving Self and Family
72. Invisible Man – Black Bildungsroman
73. Invisible Man – Reconceiving History and Race
74. Invisible Man – What Did I Do, to Be So Black and Blue
75. Eugene ONeill – Great God of American Theater
76. Long Days Journey Into Night – Theres No Place Like Home
77. Tennessee Williams – Managing Libido
78. A Streetcar Named Desire – The Death of Romance
79. Death of a Salesman – Death of an Ethos
80. Death of a Salesman – Tragedy of the American Dream
81. Toni Morrisons Beloved – Dismembering and Remembering
82. Beloved – A Story of Thick Love
83. Beloved – Morrisons Writing of the Body
84. Conclusion to Classics of American Literature

 





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