This 16-part series offers a comprehensive review of American literary movements and authors within the context of history and culture. It takes an expanded view of American literary movements, bringing in a diversity of voices and tracing the continuity among them. The programs are coordinated with the Norton Anthology of American Literature.
2003. Annenberg Learner. 16 videos, 27 minutes each.
“Afoot and light-hearted, I take to the open road…” Using Walt Whitman’s poetry as a touchstone, this fascinating documentary examines the mystique of the road in American literature, art, and music.
2011, Cold Chicago Productions. 106 minutes.
A thorough text study also requires a thorough context study, as there are often historical events, political attitudes, societal norms and trends that influenced the author’s literary choices. This series delves into the notion of the American Dream and its influence on the beliefs and behaviours of the time, focusing on four works of 20th century American literature.
2020, ClickView/VEA. 4 videos, 6-10 minutes each.
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This collection of 166 titles comprises a treasure trove of BBC productions of famous literary works, many that were buried in the BBC archive for the past few decades. From Dickens to Shakespeare, from Chekhov to Arthur Miller, from Jane Austen to Mary Shelley, a great breadth of works is included.
Publication dates range from 1980-2019.
Subtopics include: 16th-17th Century British & Irish Lit.;18th Century British & Irish Lit.; 19th Century British & Irish Lit.; 20th-21st Century British & Irish Lit.; Early through Middle Ages ; Shakespeare ; Survey: British & Irish Literature
Subtopics include: 16th-17th Century Drama; 18th-19th Century Drama; 20th-21st Century Drama; Classical & Medieval Drama; Critical Perspectives in Theater; Playwriting and Plays; Production and Design; Shakespearean Drama; Survey: Drama and the Theater