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This program examines the incredible social and political changes
that took place during
Jane Austen's lifetime and how those changes were reflected in the behavior of
characters, as well as in her narrations and commentaries, earning the author
a revered place in the world of literature. (52 mins.)
|Jane Austen (Longman)
Longman series of writers
traces faithfully Austen's
history in English people are reflected in
Austen's style of writing
introduction is intended in particular for those who are embarking
upon upon a study of the
|The Yorkshire of The Bronte Sisters
|The Bronte sisters- Charlotte, Emily, and
Anne-lived in Yorkshire the whole of their lives, and it is almost impossible
to appreciate their work fully without knowing the landscape that forms the substance
of their novels and poems. Almost every person they met, every place they visited,
every scene they saw found itself into the work of one or more of the sisters.
This program introduces those who have read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights to
familiar territory: Haworth and its surrounding moors, the fields and streams
and lakes of Yorkshire, the house in which Charlotte worked (and hated working!)
as governess and which she portrayed in Jane Eyre. In all, it provides a remarkable
look at three extraordinary English women authors.
Here is a far-ranging portrait of today's foremost science writer.
Living in an otherworldly paradise in Sri Lanka while linked by
laser to practical reality, Clarke talks about the writers who
influenced him, principally H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. In this
program the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey discusses his presentand
future work, as well as the relationship between science and
|Prologue to Chaucer, A
|This scholarly program reaches out to students of The Canterbury Tales to
relate its characters and themes to everyday life in late 14th century England.
Period art of exceptional reichness is combined with location photography that
retraces the April pilgrimage to Archbishop Becket's shrine at the Canterbury;
excerpts are read from various tales; and the famous beginning is heard in Middle
This program introduces the forms, themes, and major works in
Medieval English literature, particularly the achievement of
Chaucer. It shows how epic
developed into romance, the importance of Arthurian legends, and the
themes of other works like Pearl, Sir Gawain, Le Mort D'Arthur, and
|Chaucer Reads Chaucer
useful tape if you want the class to hear some authentic Middle English, but use
just a bit (Dr. Marguerite Connor).
Reads Chaucer: The Miller's Tale
Queen Victoria's day, "The Miller's Tale" was expurgated from the
complete Canterbury Tales. Fortunately,
the modern sensibility responds with the laughter Chaucer intended to the most
notoriously misdirected kiss in European literature. Here the tale is told as
Chaucer might have told it - in Middle English (with modern English subtitles)
and appropriate costume, to an audience of contemporaries who share Chaucer's
astonishing combination of grossness and delicacy.
Chaucer: Poet and Pilgrim
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|Examines the life
and ideas of Geoffrey Chaucer and traces the route of his
|Charles Dickens (Longman)
Charles Dickens is one of Britain¡¦s greatest writers. His novels
have been popular around the world for more than 150 years. Through
his writing he fought for better conditions for children and the
poor, but most of all he is remembered today for his wonderful
stories and his unforgettable characters.
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|Born to a life of obscurity and
despair, his genius made him one of the most beloved and influential
writers of all time. An A & E Biography.
|Thomas Hardy and Dorset
Thomas Hardy Dorset¡¦s greatest
literary son, liked to move places and buildings
within his novels and poems. They are still here in his beloved
county for all to see, but must first be found. This film enables
you to find and enjoy them.
| William Golding
This program is an introduction to Lord of the Files.
Golding talks about the
origins of Lord of the Flies in his childhood, when he learned about
the intricacies and brutalities of the English class.
|Writers in conversation KAZUO
ISHIGURO with Clive Sinclair
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|Growing up in the shadow
of the atom bomb - Need for critical encouragement - Moral crisis of post-war
Japan - Role of research - Codes which govern modern Japanese fiction - using
English to write about Japanese worlds. Biographical Information: Kazuo Ishiguro
was born in Nagasakiin 1954 and came to Britain in 1960. He attended the University
of Kent at Canterbury and the University of East Anglia. His first novel, A Pale
View of Hills (discussed with Malcolm Bradbury in Audio recording 17), was awarded
the Winifred Holtby Prize by the Royal Society of Literature and received exceptional
critical acclaim. His following novels include An Artist of The Floating World
and The Remains of the Day which won the 1989 Booker Prize.
(Lannan Literary Videos)
|Kazuo Ishiguro, born in
Nagasaki, Japan and raised in England, is the author of four novels
including A Pale View of Hills, An Artist of the Floating World,
and The Remains of the Day, which received the prestigious Booker Prize.
Mr. Ishiguro read from his fourth novel, The Unconsoled, on October 19,1995.
Pico Iyer, born in Oxford, England, is an essayist, journalist, and novelist.
His first novel, Cuba and the Night, was published in 1995. His works of
nonfiction are Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk,
and Falling Off the Map. (Color, 60 mins)
The world of James
Joyce begins with his
transition of life - to traces back to the writer's birthplace to
present Joyce's life story
leave Dublin and starts a new life.
| John Keats:
1.Poet 2.His life and death
|The program begins with the
poets' death and subsequently present Keat's life story and idea of
|The main focus of this
program is on Milton's epic masterpiece, Paradise Lost. But first
the character of the man himself is illustrated through the sonnet
to his dead wife, Katherine, whom (because he was already blind when
he met her) he had never seen.
|This documentary biography
offers a perceptive look at the George the promise of Utopia Orwell
who saw through the temptations of communist propaganda.
Photographed in the magnificent 16th-century house and grounds of
Beckley Park, Oxford shire, this program follows Shakespeare's
development as dramatist and supreme bender of the English tongue to
his own ends. The chronological path leads, by means of extracts,
from Romeo and Juliet, King Henry V, Twelfth Night, Hamlet.
|Sir Walter Scott
illustrated to introduce Scott's talent of being poet story are
presented. His work represents the spirit of Scotland poet and
|GRAHAM SWIFT in conversation with
|WITH DAVID PROFUMO using writing to explore the unknown,' Psychological
aspects of writing - writing as therapy - Drawing upon emotion and intellect -
Storytelling - third and first person narratives One of the most important talents
to have recently emerged in fiction, Graham Swift is the author of a number of
novels including Out of This World, Shuttlecock, which was awarded the Geoffrey
Faber Memorial Prize, Waterland, which was shortlised for the Booker prize and
won the Guardian Fiction prize, and The Sweet Shop Owner. He is co-editor of the
anthology, The Magic Wheel and author of the collection of short stories Learning
to Swim and Other Stories.
spoke of "emotion recollected in tranquility" as his own method of
work as he saw it, Wordsworth
had a more complicated kind of poetics and wider (and deeper)
sources. Photographed in the Lake District, which was the setting
for much of Wordsworth's
composition, this program gives an idea of the range of his poetry.
William Wordsworth The Lake Poets
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The works of William
Wordsworth are read
by Ted Hughes.
In August 1817 the
Edinburgh Review used the term "Lake Poets" to describe the work of
Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Southey. The term was used in a derisory
context. Now, 180 years later, the term is used in anything but a
We now see the work of
the Lake Poets, in particular that of Wordsworth and Coleridge, and
specifically that written in the legendary 10-year period between
1797 and 1807, as defining the nature of modern poetry. This poetic
revolution is a fascinating story. Certainly the location couldn't
be bettered: the most outstandingly beautiful and atmospheric
landscape in the British Isles: the Lake District. (60