Learn Through Videos: Literature and Linguistics

This is a collection of links to educational videos related to literature and linguistics, which are made for a general audience. The videos listed in this collection include lectures and documentary films about literature and linguistics. They introduces some of great epics, plays and poetry that have made their way around the world through time and translation; explore the lives and works of great writers including Will Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Leo Tolstoy; teach how sentences work and how to write better sentences; explore the aspects of linguistic principles and processes that underlie oral and written language proficiency; and try to unlock the hidden truth behind the ancient Greek and Norse Gods, monsters and heroes.

Invitation to World Literature
Great epics, plays, poetry, and other literary texts have made their way around the world through time and translation, and are still captivating audiences today.

In Search of the Novel
Discover creative strategies for bringing novels to life, featuring the words and works of 10 novelists, including Charles Dickens, Mary Shelley, J. K. Rowling, and Toni Morrison.

Conversations in Literature
Teachers, academics, and authors gather as a "community of readers," immersing themselves in classic and contemporary literature from Hamlet to works by Langston Hughes, James Dickey, and Alice Walker.

Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft
This is a series of videos that provides an understanding of the variety of ways to construct sentences, from the definition of a sentence to the impact of several sentences in sequence.

In Search of Shakespeare
This is a documentary series, presented by Michael Wood, about William Shakespeare' life somewhat obscured by the historical record.

Will Shakespeare
This is a 1978 historical drama series created and written by John Mortimer, about the life of William Shakespeare.

Playing Shakespeare
This is a series of master classes with Director John Barton and a group of the leading actors of the day, considering the art and technique of acting in Shakespeare's plays.

Leo Tolstoy
Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828-1910), as known as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories.

Charles Dickens
A collection of web documents and films about British novelist Charles Dickens. It includes his great novels: Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, and Great Expectations.

James Joyce
James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (1882-1941) was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century.

Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure
This is a four-part BBC documentary series presented by Michael Palin, following in Hemingway's footsteps across the globe to celebrate one hundred years after the birth of Ernest Hemingway.

The Romantics
Peter Ackroyd explores the turbulent story of the pioneers of modern imagination: their private pleasures, personal dreams and political passions.

News Writing
This series teaches the writing, reporting, editing, and communicating of information in the public interest.

Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning
Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning consists of 24 lectures taught by Professor David Zarefsky, introducing the formal study of argumentation.

What is Reading?
Neuroscience is beginning to explore what happens when we read by monitoring the areas of the brain that are stimulated while we read.

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