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In which the CenterForLit staff embarks on a quest to discover the Great Ideas of literature in books of every description: ancient classics to fresh bestsellers; epic poems to bedtime stories. This podcast is a production of The Center for Literary Education and is a reading companion for teachers, homeschoolers, and readers of all stripes.

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In which the CenterForLit staff embarks on a quest to discover the Great Ideas of literature in books of every description: ancient classics to fresh bestsellers; epic poems to bedtime stories. This podcast is a production of The Center for Literary Education and is a reading companion for teachers, homeschoolers, and readers of all stripes.

    Lit, Period #12: The Homeric Era

    Lit, Period #12: The Homeric Era

    The CenterForLit crew is back with another episode of “Lit, Period.” This time we’re going all the way back to the beginning. It’s the Homeric Era….and there’s only one author to discuss. But there’s still plenty to cover! We talk about the two extant poems, the archeological history of Troy, the epic form, and more!
    To download the notes for today’s show, visit www.centerforlit.com/litperiod12
    Find a three part documentary about Heinrich Schliemann on YouTube here.

    We love hearing your questions and comments! You can contact us by emailing adam@centerforlit.com, or you can visit our website www.centerforlit.com to find even more ways to participate in the conversation.

    BiblioFiles #98: Bibliotherapy

    BiblioFiles #98: Bibliotherapy

    Has Missy found her life’s calling? Having just discovered the field of “bibliotherapy,” the CenterForLit crew explores the medicinal properties of literature and their connection to the nature and purpose of the art.
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    Referenced Works:
    – 30 Poems to Memorize (Before It’s Too Late), edited by David Kern
    – “A Book for Every Ailment” by Catherine Hong (Real Simple Magazine)
    – The Novel Cure: An A to Z of Literary Remedies by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin
    – The Iliad by Homer
    – The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
    – A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
    – Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
    – Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
    – Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
    – BiblioFiles Book Match

    We love hearing your questions and comments! You can contact us by emailing i.andrews@centerforlit.com, or you can visit our website www.centerforlit.com to find even more ways to participate in the conversation.

    BiblioFiles #97: Ethics vs. Virtue

    BiblioFiles #97: Ethics vs. Virtue

    A brand new Andrews makes their BiblioFiles debut in order to talk to us about the role of conflict and suffering in forming virtue, and the difference between virtue and ethics.
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    Referenced Works:
    – The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
    – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    – The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    – Emma by Jane Austen
    – A Farewell to Arms and The Old and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
    – “Revelation” by Flannery O’Connor

    We love hearing your questions and comments! You can contact us by emailing i.andrews@centerforlit.com, or you can visit our website www.centerforlit.com to find even more ways to participate in the conversation.

    BiblioFiles #96: The Social Dilemma

    BiblioFiles #96: The Social Dilemma

    In this episode the CenterForLit crew considers the seedy underbelly of social media. Highly aware that digital tools are what make our work possible, we think about the tension between positive and negative aspects of social media.
    Referenced Work:
    – The Social Dilemma (2020), directed by Jeff OrlowskiWe love hearing your questions and comments! You can contact us by emailing adam@centerforlit.com, or you can visit our website www.centerforlit.com to find even more ways to participate in the conversation.

    BiblioFiles #95: Memento Mori

    BiblioFiles #95: Memento Mori

    The CenterForLit crew cheerfully tackles the problem of their own mortality.

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    Referenced Works:
    – The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
    – “The Uncourageous Violet” by Humbert Wolfe
    – Antigone by Sophocles
    – The Plague by Albert Camus
    – Letting Swift River Go by Jane Yolen
    – Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
    – A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
    – The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    – The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
    – Between Noon and Three by Robert Farrar Capon
    – “Death, be not proud” or Sonnet X by John Donne

    We love hearing your questions and comments! You can contact us by emailing adam@centerforlit.com, or you can visit our website www.centerforlit.com to find even more ways to participate in the conversation.

    BiblioFiles #94: Should Literary Criticism Uncover Hidden Meaning?

    BiblioFiles #94: Should Literary Criticism Uncover Hidden Meaning?

    In some ways, literature is meant to communicate implicitly and unconsciously. Does literary criticism then ruin the reading experience by trying to make that meaning explicit? The CenterForLit crew tackles this question by turning to Michael Ward’s defense of Planet Narnia, one of the greatest literary discoveries in recent memory.
    Referenced Works:
    – Planet Narnia by Michael Ward
    – An Experiment in Criticism by C.S. Lewis
    – Tending the Heart of Virtue by Vigen Guroian

    We love hearing your questions and comments! You can contact us by emailing adam@centerforlit.com, or you can visit our website www.centerforlit.com to find even more ways to participate in the conversation.

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