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Introduction to Literature (12 Parts)

Synopsis
Professor Allan Gedalof and others discuss, analyse, and even perform literary works. The series aims to teach viewers to read critically, stressing the use of language, and provides analytical tools that can be applied to all reading.
Language
English
Country
Canada
Year of production
1993
Availability
for UK availability check with the distributor
Subjects
English language and literature
Keywords
drama in English; gender representation; poetry; Romantic movement; Victorian life; writers

Distribution Formats

Type
VHS
Format
NTSC
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
30 minutes each
Year
2004

Sections

Title
Language of poets, The
Synopsis
Host Professor Allan Gedalof explores the language of poetry, in the written word and performance, the relationship between sound and meaning, and the importance of metre or rhythm. Terms covered are onomatopoeia, accentual-syllabic metre, rhetorical metre, iambic foot, and iambic pentameter.
Duration
30 mins

Title
Wife of Bath by Geoffrey Chaucer, The
Synopsis
Professor Michael Moore joins host Allan Gedalof to examine the character of Dame Alisoun, the Wife of Bath in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. As one of the earliest important female characters in English literature, she raises many questions about the nature of men and women and their relations.
Duration
30 mins

Title
Tempest bt William Shakespeare, The
Synopsis
Focusing on Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, co-hosts Allan Gedalof and Michael Moore explore our willingness to suspend disbelief and imagine our way into a drama In The Tempest, Shakespeare draws attention to the power and implication of theatrical deception and illusion, misrepresentation, and manipulation.
Duration
30 mins

Title
Paradise Lost by John Milton
Synopsis
Professor Elizabeth Harvey joins Allan Gedalof to discuss the portrayal of women in the seventeenth-century epic poem Paradise Lost. This work reinforces powerful negative myths about women.
Duration
30 mins

Title
Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Synopsis
Professor Michael Moore discusses Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem "Kubla Khan," romantic literature generally, and the notorious claims Coleridge made about having composed the work during a drug-induced dream.
Duration
30 mins

Title
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Synopsis
Professor Maggie Berg and Allan Gedalof use Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte as an example of what can happen when we try to impose order on a complex text. After looking at problems with traditional treatments, they suggest other ways of reading the text.
Duration
30 mins

Title
Goblin Market by Christina Rosetti
Synopsis
By examining her wonderful but strange poem Goblin Market," host Michael Moore looks at how Christina Rossetti’s work resisted the dominant attitudes of the Victorian era. Paradoxically, this unusual fantasy about sensation and sensuality was embraced by Victorian society.
Duration
30 mins

Title
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
Synopsis
Allan Gedalof and Professor Gerald Parker take to the stage to explore the many oppositions at work in Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. The hosts alternate between performing various scenes and analyzing them.
Duration
30 mins

Title
Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope, The
Synopsis
By examining parts of The Rape of the Lock, Alexander Pope’s eighteenth-century masterpiece, Allan Gedalof illustrates what a mock epic is and how it works. He shows how the mock epic plays with ideas of proportion, applying the loftiest of literary forms to the most unworthy of subjects.
Duration
30 mins

Title
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Synopsis
Allan Gedalof explores Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels and reveals the monster that lurks in Lemuel Gulliver. Commonly believed to be a children’s story, this classic is really a stinging attack on human beings beliefs about themselves and their most noble institutions and achievements.
Duration
30 mins

Title
Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro
Synopsis
Allan Gedalof and Professor Catherine Ross examine Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro, and show how Munro’s experiences of the world and literature itself go into shaping her fiction. They also examine some parallels between Munro and the central figure of the book.
Duration
30 mins

Title
Victim must be found by Howard Engel, A
Synopsis
Benny Cooperman, hero of A Victim Must Be Found by Howard Engel, is the focus of Allan Gedalofs study of the historical development of the detective character and the mystery story in literature. He also looks at the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Sam Spade.
Duration
30 mins

Production Company

Name

TV Ontario

Web
http://www.tvo.org External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 416 484 2886
Fax
+1 416 484 2896
Address
Box 200
Station Q
Toronto
Ontario
M4T 2T1
Canada

Distributor

Name

Visual Education Centre

Email
kriss@visualed.com
Web
http://www.visualed.com External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 416 252 5907
Fax
+1 416 251 3720
Address
41 Horner Avenue
Unit 3
Etobicoke
Toronto
Ontario
M8Z 4XA
Canada

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