Reader, it’s Jane Eyre – Crash Course Literature 207

Reader, it’s Jane Eyre – Crash Course Literature 207

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course Literature, and today we’re going to be talking about Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre.” It’s a classic! It says so right on the spine. Mr. Green! Mr. Green! You sound like Dirty Harry. Yup, I got a cold, Me From the Past. Plus, it was just kind of […]

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Race, Class, and Gender in To Kill a Mockingbird: Crash Course Literature 211

Race, Class, and Gender in To Kill a Mockingbird: Crash Course Literature 211

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course Literature, and today we continue our discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird. So the takeaway from last week’s video about Mockingbird was this: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view–until you climb into his skin and walk around in […]

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Lord of the Flies: Crash Course Literature 305

Lord of the Flies: Crash Course Literature 305

Hi, I’m John Green. This is Crash Course Literature and today we’re gonna discuss Lord of the Flies. Mr Green! Mr Green! I hate that book. You know, Me From The Past, I’ve been thinking a lot about selfhood lately. Like, how is it that I am still the same technical person I was when […]

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Love or Lust? Romeo and Juliet Part II: Crash Course English Literature #3

Love or Lust? Romeo and Juliet Part II: Crash Course English Literature #3

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course English Literature, and today we return to Romeo and Juliet, a tale of love and woe. Or else a tale of lust and woe. Anyway, it’s definitely a tale of woe. As the play begins, Romeo is telling us that he is completely in love with a […]

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Like Pale Gold – The Great Gatsby Part I: Crash Course English Literature #4

Like Pale Gold – The Great Gatsby Part I: Crash Course English Literature #4

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course Literature. So the two books most often cited as the “Great American novel” are The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and this slender beast, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The US is a country founded on the principles of freedom and equality; Huck Finn is a […]

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Free Will, Witches, Murder, and Macbeth (Part 1): Crash Course Literature #409

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course Literature and today we’ll be discussing Macbeth. Some people… …call it the Scottish play or the Bard’s play because allegedly, back in the 17th century a coven of witches cursed the play to punish Shakespeare for including their spells. But that’s just not credible. So I’m going […]

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Aliens, Time Travel, and Dresden -Slaughterhouse-Five Part I: Crash Course Literature 212

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course Literature, and today we’re gonna talk about Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five. Mr. Green, Mr. Green! You mean, like the Motown group that sings that song – glad all over! No singing, Me From the Past! And no, it is not a Motown group! You’re thinking of the […]

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The Handmaids Tale Part 1: Crash Course Literature #403

The Handmaids Tale Part 1: Crash Course Literature #403

Hi, I’m John Green. This is Crash Course Literature and last week we wrapped up our discussion of George Orwell’s 1984. Lately here at Crash Course, we’ve been a bit preoccupied with dystopias — which is to say, imagined futures where things have gone horribly wrong. You know, as opposed to the present. I’ve always […]

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Japan in the Heian Period and Cultural History: Crash Course World History 227

Japan in the Heian Period and Cultural History: Crash Course World History 227

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course World History and today we’re going to return to medieval times. Mr. Green? Mr. Green? Finally, we get to watch jousting and eat with our hands and root for the Blue Knight. Yeah, No, Me from the Past, for starters, Medieval Times doesn’t closely reflect Europe in […]

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Race & Ethnicity: Crash Course Sociology #34

Race & Ethnicity: Crash Course Sociology #34

How do you define race? If you had to describe why you think you’re a member of one race and someone else was a member of a different one, you’d probably focus on appearances – your skin, your hair, maybe even the structures of your bodies and faces. But most of the time, those physical […]

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