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The Literature of Crisis by Marsh McCall

The Literature of Crisis


by Marsh McCall

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In addition to their other offerings through Stanford on iTunes, Stanford University is offering this course for free through iTunes U on audio download. This Intro to Humanities course entitled "The Literature of Crisis" explores crisis when it occurs at the personal, familial, and societal levels through six major works of literature. Professor Martin Evans and Marsh McCall are both dynamic lecturers that lead listeners through these works.

While it seems a lot can be derived from the lectures without reading the works, you may want to read (or listen to) some of the works yourself in conjuction with listening to the lectures. Here are the works they examine (with links to these titles on audio book):

Apology by Plato

The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius

Oedipus the King by Sophocles

Hamlet by Shakespeare

The Aeneid by Virgil

Candide by Voltaire

This course is available to download through iTunes.

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Your Thinking About Faith, Reason and Free Will Not Be The Same After Listening To These Lectures
Reviewer llyon
 July 04, 2008
I cherish these lectures. I attended college in the '60's and didn't have the maturity to understand how someone who lived so long ago, who didn't understand that the earth went around the sun or any of the other scientific achievements of our current age could have anything valuable to say to me. I realize now that people struggled then as now with basically the same issues and crisis as now and treatment by the ancients are works of beauty.

Professor's McCall and Evans are master teachers who acted more like guides through the material. I've listened to these lectures several times and learn something new each time. Like a good book where the characters become your friends, you will not want this class to end.

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