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Monsters, Gods, and Heroes: Approaching the Epic in Literature

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Nik
Feb 23, 2013 Nik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a "The Modern Scholar" lecture series about the essentials of epic literature in the classic sense of poetic verse, prior to the change to the prose of the novel in the 1800's. You start with Homer's Iliad and end with Spencer's Fairy Queen for classics. There is discussion about some contemporary contenders of epic novels the last 2 lectures with Milton, Joyce, Twain, Tolstoy and Tolkien to name a few. The professor also suggests more classic and contemporary "epic-like" books to read ( ...more
Kathleen
Feb 21, 2008 Kathleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Finally finished! This was my introduction to the epics: Homer’s Iliad & Odyssey, Aeneid, Beowulf, Dante’s Divine Comedy, Faerie Queene, and Paradise Lost. Although it is much easier to listen and learn through commentary than to read them in full, they are still very heavy topics. The professor, Timothy Schutt Ph.D. is passionate about the topic and keeps the interest going. Glad I listened but I don't think I'll read further...at least for now.
Phillip
Dec 05, 2014 Phillip rated it it was amazing
I have been listening to audio classes for the past couple of years. I have probably listened to somewhere between 10 to 20 courses. I would say this one is in the top 3 that I have listened to.

The professor discusses what epic poetry is, does a summary of the major epics and provides interpretations. Then he sums up with the state of the epic.

It is good stuff.
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Sep 10, 2016 Maggie rated it really liked it
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as always, an excellent summary of essential collected knowledge on the epics. well done. it's always fun going back to school and "sitting" in class again.
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For eighteen years Professor Timothy Baker Shutt has taught at Kenyon College in rural Gambier, Ohio, famed for its splendid teaching, for its literary tradition, and for its unwavering commitment to the liberal arts. No teacher at Kenyon has ever been more often honored, both by the college and by his students, for his exceptional skills in the classroom and as a lecturer. Professor Shutt’s cours ...more
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