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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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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WORLDBUILDING CULTURES – Terrible Writing Advice

WORLDBUILDING CULTURES – Terrible Writing Advice

Is your fantasy or science fiction world missing something? How can this be? We have a whole slew of races pilfered straight from the Silmarillion. We have a detailed map with magically splitting rivers and everything. Our cyberpunk setting’s international political borders were lifted straight from the 80s. We even have an alien ecosystem built […]

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Metaphors in Writing and Literature

Metaphors in Writing and Literature

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” Shakespeare’s words have a ring of truth, even though they might not be literally true. Metaphors like this one help bring ideas to life, but what is a metaphor? Metaphors are a type of figurative language. Figurative language uses figures of speech […]

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Writing Fiction & Poetry : How to Identify Narrative Style in Literature

Writing Fiction & Poetry : How to Identify Narrative Style in Literature

What is narrative style in literature? It is not to be confused with prose style which is a choice of words but narrative style is the choice of who is going to be the narrator, who is going to tell the story? We have three basic modes, first person, second person, third person, just like […]

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Power in Literature, Short Stories Part 4: Plot

Power in Literature, Short Stories Part 4: Plot

We speak student! Power in Literature: Plot a la Shmoop. We’ve thought through symbols, settings, and themes. so one of the words that we’ve used a couple times is plot What is plot? Plot is, plain and simple the narrative arc of the story it’s what happens there’s a very famous way to map the […]

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1984 by George Orwell, Part 1: Crash Course Literature 401

1984 by George Orwell, Part 1: Crash Course Literature 401

Hi I’m John Green and welcome to season 4 of CrashCourse literature. Today, we’re transporting you to one of my favorite (slash least favorite) dystopias, George Orwell’s 1984. I feel like that eye is looking at me. The book starts like this: It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking […]

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10 More On TV As Platform And Podium from “Why The Monkees Matter: Even 50 Years Later

10 More On TV As Platform And Podium from “Why The Monkees Matter: Even 50 Years Later

This is a quote by Peter obviously. Who knows who’s sitting behind him? Janis Joplin. These guys were friends. So there’s also this ridiculous myth that nobody in music like The Monkees back then. That’s all not true. They lived in Laurel Canyon which is an area right above Hollywood. They had houses next to […]

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Is Twitter the Newest Form of Literature? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

Is Twitter the Newest Form of Literature? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

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If White People Were Described Like People Of Color In Literature

(classical music) – He looked at her longingly, as he imagined her exotic mashed potato skin laying gently against his. – His skin glistened in the sun like a glazed donut. The glazed part, not the donut part. – She didn’t know it yet, but the girl of her dreams had just walked in. Her […]

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