In this series of lectures we explore the philosophy of American literature through nineteenth century classics like The Scarlett Letter, The Last of the Mohicans, and Moby-Dick. In assessing the American tradition of literature as offering a critique of progressive optimism, we turn to learn that F. Scott Fitzgerald continues this noble tradition of skepticism toward liberalism, progressivism, and American optimism within his own novels.
LECTURE ONE: THE PHILOSOPHY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE
LECTURE TWO: F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
LECTURE THREE: HOW TO UNDERSTAND AMERICAN LITERATURE
LECTURE FOUR: THE SCARLETT LETTER (SUMMARY)
LECTURE FIVE: THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (SUMMARY)
LECTURE SIX: MOBY-DICK (SUMMARY)
Hesiod, Paul Krause in real life, is the editor-in-chief of VoegelinView. He is writer, classicist, and historian. He has written on the arts, culture, classics, literature, philosophy, religion, and history for numerous journals, magazines, and newspapers. He is the author of Finding Arcadia, The Odyssey of Love and the Politics of Plato, and a contributor to the College Lecture Today and Making Sense of Diseases and Disasters. He holds master’s degrees in philosophy and religious studies (biblical studies & theology) from the University of Buckingham and Yale, and a bachelor’s degree in economics, history, and philosophy from Baldwin Wallace University.
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