Kenyon College professor Dr. Timothy B. Shutt examines Dante´s greatest work, The Divine Comedy, both in terms of its autobiographical elements and its allegorical meaning for the human race. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Professor Timothy B. Shutt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/reco/002057/sp_reco_002057_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A recipient of the Whiting Foundation Teaching Fellowship, Katherine Elkins is also the co-director of the Integrated Program in the Humane Studies at Kenyon College. In this lecture series, Elkins examines the development of the modern novel by investigating four great modernist authors: James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Marcel Proust, and Virginia Woolf. The lectures explore the authors’ most respected works and illustrate how each author’s unique style and vision made a major contribution to the look and shape of the novel today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Professor Katherine Elkins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/006745/bk_reco_006745_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One of the Modern Scholar’s most popular professors, Timothy B. Shutt, brings his literary acumen and trademark enthusiasm to the study of the epic poems that sit at the very wellspring of Western culture. The earliest surviving works of Greek literature, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey exert a continuing influence on modern culture, even today shaping people’s values and conduct. In the tales of Achilles and Hector, of Odysseus and Penelope, Homer explored the notion of arête, which translates as ´´excellence´´ or ´´virtue´´. In these illuminating lectures, Professor Shutt delves into these great works, illustrating in fascinating detail the nature of their continuing relevance. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Timothy B. Shutt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/006163/bk_reco_006163_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It is during the Middle Ages that modern Europe, indeed, modern Western culture as we know it, comes to be. Classical Mediterranean culture drew from the ancient Middle East, and more directly, from the Hebrews, Greeks, and Romans. The Middle Ages add the Northlands, Celts, and Germans, and ultimately, Slavs as well, to the mix. And the Middle Ages saw the birth of the immediate predecessors of our own ideas about love and marriage as important concerns in their own right, utterly central to a happy and fulfilling personal life.Beyond that, the Middle Ages saw the composition of some of the greatest and most rewarding literary works ever written, the works of Chaucer and Dante no doubt preeminent among them, but by no means are they alone in their surpassing merits.In this course, we will look at some of those other splendid works - Beowulf, the little-known, but utterly splendid Njal´s Saga, and Sir Gawain the Green Knight among them. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Prof. Timothy Shutt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/003375/bk_reco_003375_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Esteemed professor Joseph Luzzi addresses the place of classic literature in the modern world with this riveting series of lectures. Advocating ´´the art of reading” as a way to answer essential questions of day-to-day life, Luzzi delves into the works of such literary titans as Plato, Shakespeare, and Virginia Woolf. By doing so, he tackles such age-old questions as ´´How do we fall in love?” and ´´How do we confront evil?” PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Professor Joseph Luzzi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/006489/bk_reco_006489_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Professor Drout addresses the foundation of language and its connection to specific portions of the brain. The components of language are explained in easy-to-understand terms and the progression of the language from Germanic to Old, Middle, and Modern English is fully illustrated - including such revolutionary language upheavals as those brought about by the Norman Conquest and the Great Vowel Shift.One of the most interesting aspects of the English language lies in its variants, such as the ´´soda´´ vs. ´´pop´´ debate and the place of African-American English in modern culture. These and other dialectual curiosities are looked at in detail and placed in the context of today´s world. Finally, Professor Drout examines the future, not only of the English language, but of all the world´s languages. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Prof. Michael Drout. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/003370/bk_reco_003370_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
William Goldbloom Bloch is a respected professor of mathematics at Wheaton College. This intriguing lecture series, Mathematics Is Power, delves into both the history of mathematics and its impact on people’s everyday lives from a non-mathematician’s perspective. Bloch first examines the history of mathematics and age-old questions pertaining to logic, truth, and paradoxes. Moving on to a discussion of how mathematics impacts the modern world, Bloch also explores abstract permutations such as game theory, cryptography, and voting theory. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Professor William Bloch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/006969/bk_reco_006969_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The 20th-century American presidency is something of a mystery. Some presidents performed exceptionally well in office, displaying strong leadership and winning the respect of the American people as well as the rest of the world. Others fell short of expectations and are remembered at best as marginal chief executives.What was it that allowed some to rise to greatness while others failed? What elusive mix of character traits, circumstance, and determination combine to mold the shape of a presidential administration?This course explores the tenures of the men who held our nation´s highest office during the 20th-century. The lectures look at each president and examine his strengths and weaknesses, as well as the times in which he served. Through this analysis, listeners will develop a better understanding not only of this supreme office and how it has taken shape, but also how it has shaped America and, indeed, the modern world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Dallek. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/002176/bk_reco_002176_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Located in the heart of Israel, Jerusalem is the center for the spiritual world´s three largest religions. Throughout its millennia-old history, Jerusalem has been known by many names: Salem, Zion, Hierosolymae, Al-Quds and others, and no city has ever been in more dispute.In scripture, the city´s history began nearly 4,000 years ago, when Abraham met Melchizedek, King of Salem. Its significance as a ´´holy land´´ is evident by the number of religions that call it their spiritual home. Jews, Christians, and Muslims have struggled for its possession. In the 26 times a new group took over leadership of the city, the ´´City of Peace´´ has seen very little of its namesake, even through modern times, and 35 times it was at least partially destroyed.In light of the volatile nature of the Middle East, and today´s ongoing conflicts, it is important that we understand why Jews, Christians, and Muslims all lay claim to Jerusalem. Through an in-depth study of the various holy sites in Jerusalem, you´ll begin to see which are considered sacred and to whom. And through an investigation of Mark Twain´s The Innocents Abroad, you will see the many different perspectives of pilgrims in days of long ago, and even today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Frank E. Peters. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/002172/bk_reco_002172_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.