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Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life
This Academy Award nominated documentary is the first authorized film look at the life and work of the controversial Russian-born author Ayn Rand. The writer of such renowned novels as The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged is the subject of Michael…
Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger
Transgender-dyke. Reluctant-Polyamorist. Sadomasochist. Recovering-Scientologist. Pioneering Gender Outlaw. - Meet Auntie Kate. Trailblazing performance artist-theorist-activist, Kate Bornstein, takes us on a mind-bending quest through her world dismantling gender and seeking answers to the age-old question: What makes life worth living? Kate…
Harry Potter--Whistle-Blower Hero
Episode 24 of Heroes and Legends
Finish your course with one of the most unexpected hits of our time--and a smash hit at that. What can the surprising success of Harry Potter teach us about successful heroes? And what do his battles against Lord Voldemort tell…
Austen - The Life and Work of Jane Austen
Jane Austen produced some of the finest novels in English literature. The film covers her life and ends with an overview of her work.
Elizabeth Bennet--A Proper Pride
Episode 12 of Heroes and Legends
Meet the charming heroine from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The story of her complicated relationship with Mr. Darcy is a realistic Cinderella story and has lent itself to numerous adaptations, including Bridget Jones's Diary. Consider the integral role that…
The Harlem Renaissance & Beyond
This examination of current black literature deepens appreciation of black literary traditions and relates literary expression to social struggle. The spirit of Harlem and its people is evoked by excerpts from Hughes, Cullen and McKay. Selections from Brooks, Horne and…
Eileen Myles: An Interview
Part of the Series: Video Data Bank On Art & Artists: Criticism and Theory
In this interview, American writer, artist, performer Eileen Myles (b.1949) discusses the various philosophies that motivate her work, including the language of film, embodied performance, and the alienation evoked by bodily vulgarity. Myles links her wide range of artistic and…
Dickinson - The Life and Work of Emily Dickinson
Recognized as one of the best American poets in history, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) made great strides while living in an age of predominantly male poets. This film traces Dickinson's life in 19th Century New England and her remarkable work during…
The Mystery of Agatha Christie with David Suchet
PBS
David Suchet, TV's Poirot, has spent more of his life acting out the plots and dramas created by Agatha Christie than anyone else in the world. Suchet is embarking on a journey to learn more about the woman who created…
In Black And White - Six Profiles of African American Authors
The first video series devoted to the life and work of contemporary African American authors. It introduces students and general readers to six of America's most talented and challenging writers: Charles Johnson, Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Alice Walker, John Edgar…
6 videos
Kathy Acker with Angela McRobbie
Part of the Series: Writers Talk Series
Topics Discussed in the Interview: Post-structuralist and post-modern writing Influence of William Burroughs Seventies' American punk culture The cut-up method
Icons Of Our Time: Agatha Christie
Part of the Series: Icons Of Our Time
Agatha Christie's novels have been translated into 44 languages and sold in a 103 countries. After Shakespeare, she is the world's best selling author in any genre with over 2 billion books sold. On the 75th anniversary of the creation…
A Wish for Wings
Part of the Series: In Search of the Brontes
BBC
The early life of Charlotte, Anne and Emily.Their parents - Patrick and Maria (nee Branwell) - have six children: five girls and one boy, born between 1813 and 1820. Patrick, a clergyman, is appointed the curate at Howarth in Yorkshire,…
Fairy-Tale Heroines--New-Style Princesses
Episode 22 of Heroes and Legends
Cinderella. Snow White. Rapunzel. These fairy-tale heroines are imbued in our cultural consciousness. What lessons are they meant to teach? And do these lessons align with our current cultural values? Study the composite fairy-tale heroine, both in the classic fairy…
J. K. Rowling
Part of the Series: ICONS: Big Star Profiles
The adventures of that certain boy wizard, Harry Potter, were enough to propel J.K Rowling into millionaire status, but by 2007 the story that began it all came to an end. Rowling said goodbye to the series with the launch…
Margaret Atwood with Hermione Lee
Part of the Series: Writers Talk Series
Topics Discussed in the Interview: Themes of women 'breaking out' Visual imagery as inspiration Literature informed by fairy tales Writing as a woman from the male point of view Mythology in contemporary literature Using humor
Gone Like Dreams
Part of the Series: In Search of the Brontes
BBC
By 1844, the Brontes have lived through many trials and tribulations but they have no idea of the tragedy that is still to come. Charlotte, Emily and Anne retreat to Haworth parsonage following unsuccessful periods working as governesses. Threatened by…
Women of Mystery: Three Writers Who Forever Changed Detective Fiction
First we read Nancy Drew, girl detective. Then what? Women of Mystery explores the writing lives of three authors (Sara Paretsky, Sue Grafton & Marcia Muller) who started a literary revolution and, in the process, captured readers' imaginations around the…
The Paper Mirror
In the winter of 2010, Alison Bechdel is entrenched in the process of writing "Are You My Mother", a hauntingly personal graphic memoir about her mother, and a follow up of sorts to 2006's award-winning "Fun Home." Known best for…
William Burroughs with Kathy Acker
Part of the Series: Writers Talk Series
Topics Discussed in the Interview: Early connection with the beats Verbal and visual thinking Political ramifications of the cut-up method Background to 'Junkie', 'Queer', and 'The Naked Lunch'