[DWJ] Great Courses was Re: What are you reading?
ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Tue Nov 3 14:16:54 EST 2009
On Nov 2, 2009, at 7:55 PM, Elizabeth Parks wrote:
> The Teaching
> Company has the Great Courses series, where they get pretty good
> to teach a lecture on a certain subject. ... I do
> recommend most of them, though, especially anything by Robert
> Bucholz or
> Garret Fagan, and especially especially John McWhorter's courses on
Yay John McWhorter! I am now a diehard fan thanks to the Great Courses.
The ones on the history of science are good, too, by Lawrence Principe
[who also did an excellent one on Science and Religion] and Frederick
Gregory. I haven't tried the ones on 20th C science.
Peter Saccio is good on Shakespeare.
If you're a McWhorter fan, you will probably not want to bother with
_The History of the English Language_, particularly if you have read
McWhorter's _Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue_. History of the English
Language has a few moments, but not enough.
The problem with the Great Courses is that if you dislike the lecturing
style of the professor, the course suffers severely. [Well, that's
the case, right?] There's an otherwise interesting course on World
History that I can't even listen to anymore, and a course on the History
of China I couldn't even get through once.
Mornings are a delusion of the
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