Why Read a Classic?

Why should we read the classics? Continue the in-depth exploration of timeless classics of American literature that we began in the spring of 2020. In her Great Courses lecture series, Professor Arnold Weinstein of Brown University shows us the richness of American writing, what these authors tell us of our history, values, and conflicts, and how they not only influenced or reflected the perceptions and understanding of their time, but what they can tell us about our time, our beliefs, and our understanding of people and society. The professor upends the common stereotype of classics as stodgy, difficult-to-comprehend relics of some remote era and unearths the real meaning of classic and how these authors speak to us today. Since our semester time frame can't accommodate all the authors presented in the Great Courses series, we will explore six authors across the spectrum of American history, including Emerson, Hawthorne, Steinbeck, Ellison, Williams, and Morrison.

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