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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…
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…
In Black And White - Six Profiles of African American Authors
In Black and White is 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…
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Gone Like Dreams
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…
A Wish for Wings
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,…
Elizabeth Bennet--A Proper Pride
Episode 12 of Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature Series
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…
William Burroughs with Kathy Acker
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' About the Writers Talk Series The Writers Talk Series is one of…
Harry Potter--Whistle-Blower Hero
Episode 24 of Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature Series
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…
Toni Morrison with A.S.Byatt
Writer Toni Morrison talks to A.S. Byatt about her work.
Maya Angelou
Topics Discussed in the Interview: Writing through the black experience The human spirit in adversity Prose and poetry readings About the Writers Talk Series The Writers Talk Series is one of the most important literary resources available on video. Each…
Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman
To everyone's surprise, fifty-five years after the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird , Harper Lee published another novel. Go Set a Watchman was written before Lee's beloved masterpiece, as director Mary McDonagh Murphy explains in this update of her…
Ken Bugul: Nobody Wants Her - Portait of an Author
Ken Bugul is a Senegalese writer, who has settled in Africa, where her soul is anchored. Ken Bugul is style. Both in her works and in life. She is pure energy and has a passion for freedom. Novel after novel,…
The Brontes: Fantasy And Reality
Excerpts from journals, letters, poetry and prose enrich this narrative biography of Anne, Charlotte and Emily Bronte. The program introduces the sisters' major works and illuminates their basic, recurrent themes. Samples of their own art-work, on-location photography of northern England,…
Rita Dove - An American Poet
The film is made in part of a series of in-depth, on-camera, conversations with Poet Laureate Rita Dove--conducted and recorded by Eduardo Montes-Bradley between September 2012, and October 2013. These conversations were later edited using with hundreds of still images…
Adriana Lisboa - Brazilian Author
Brazilian writer Adriana Lisboa grew up in Laranjeiras where her family stills resides in the house her grandfather built more than fifty years ago. By all means, Lisboa is a true Carioca, a native of Rio de Janeiro. This categorical…
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…
Kathy Acker with Angela McRobbie
Topics Discussed in the Interview: Post-structuralist and post-modern writing Influence of William Burroughs Seventies' American punk culture The cut-up method About the Writers Talk Series The Writers Talk Series is one of the most important literary resources available on video.…
Author Julia Franck
The life story of Julia Franck is representative of the experience of millions of people in Germany of the last century. Her best-selling novel Die Mittagsfrau (English title, The Blind Side of the Heart) in drawing from her own family…