Reading the Greats: A History of Western Literature

What We Talk About When We Talk About Literature

What is literature? And why should we study it?

That’s Ancient History: Classic Greek & Roman Literature

The story of the roots of the Western canon in Ancient Greece and Rome.

It’s Practically Medieval: Literature in the Early and High Middle Ages

How medieval writers developed the Western tradition from their classical predecessors.

The Dawn of Modernity: Late Middle Ages & Italian Renaissance Literature

The dawn of the Early Modern era.

Nothing But the Truth: The Victorian Era & Literary Realism

The long 19th century and the developments that came in the Victorian era.

Isn’t It Romantic(ism)?

The birth of Romanticism - an era of emotion and individual expression.

Light Bulb Moments: From Elizabethan to Enlightenment

How the Renaissance era gave way to Enlightenment values.

Break It Down Now: Postmodernism and Beyond

The second half of the 20th century and the radical upheaval of all assumptions.

Making It New with Literary Modernism

The revolution in literature that occurred in the early 20th century.