The Modern Scholar

  • by Michael D.C. Drout
  • Narrated by Michael D.C. Drout
  • 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

In A Way with Words: Writing, Rhetoric, and the Art of Persuasion, widely published professor Michael D.C. Drout embarked on a thought-provoking investigation into the role of rhetoric in our world. Now, in A Way with Words II: Approaches to Literature, the renowned literary scholar leads a series of lectures that focus on the big questions of literature. Is literature a kind of lie? Can fiction ever be "realistic"? Why do we read? What should we read? Professor Drout provides insight into these and other provocative questions, including those related to the role of the text, author, and audience in the reading process. Throughout, Professor Drout introduces the major schools of literary and critical thought and employs illuminating examples from the world's most important literary works. Literature contributes to our understanding of what it means to be human in a myriad of complex ways, and for all those who appreciate the role of literature in our lives, this course proves a wonderful exploration of one of humankind's most cherished pursuits.


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The truth about Lit Theory is that it is such a dull and obsessive subject that not even Michael Drout can redeem it. In fact, it seems that Lit Theory in turn demeans him, reducing him back to his English Study roots where one can only dissect and obsess and navel gaze without ever coming to the only thing that gives novels a purpose in this world which is story. Literary Studies exist for one reason only and that is to give professional critics a job. However criticism is an outdated system which you are undermining just by reading this user generated net review.

The only enlightenment to be gained from listening to this course is the explanation of major theories so that you can understand just how silly they are. You might toss a credit this way if you are very bored or very curious but do not pay full price by any means.
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- Alyssa "I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett."

Drout is great

I have to agree with Jackson; not sure what that other reviewer is referring to.

These series of books have increased my awareness of literary constructs and rhetoric ten fold. Many favorite parts, but the chapters about Freud were captivating.
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- Edward Martinez

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-14-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books