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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…
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise - Biography of an Influential Civil Rights Activist and Poet
PBS
Distinctly referred to as "a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture," Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) led a prolific life. As a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer, she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Toni Morrison with A.S.Byatt
Part of the Series: Writers Talk Series
Writer Toni Morrison talks to A.S. Byatt about her work.
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…
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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,…
Triptych: 3 Women Making Art
Art is one of the oldest activities on Earth, even predating science or math. But too often we forget it is a basic part of a balanced, healthy life. And women and art rarely get serious attention in our culture.…
In the Wake of the Flood - Author Margaret Atwood
On the eve of her 70th birthday, Canadian writer Margaret Atwood set out on an international tour criss-crossing the British Isles and North America to celebrate the publication of her new dystopian novel, The Year of the Flood . Rather…
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…
Maya Angelou
Part of the Series: Writers Talk Series
Topics Discussed in the Interview: Writing through the black experience The human spirit in adversity Prose and poetry readings
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…