467 episodes

Amateur enthusiast Jacke Wilson journeys through the history of literature, from ancient epics to contemporary classics. Episodes are not in chronological order and you don't need to start at the beginning - feel free to jump in wherever you like! Find out more at historyofliterature.com and facebook.com/historyofliterature. Support the show by visiting patreon.com/literature or historyofliterature.com/shop. Contact the show at historyofliteraturepodcast@gmail.com.

The History of Literature Podglomerate

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    • 4.6 • 918 Ratings

Amateur enthusiast Jacke Wilson journeys through the history of literature, from ancient epics to contemporary classics. Episodes are not in chronological order and you don't need to start at the beginning - feel free to jump in wherever you like! Find out more at historyofliterature.com and facebook.com/historyofliterature. Support the show by visiting patreon.com/literature or historyofliterature.com/shop. Contact the show at historyofliteraturepodcast@gmail.com.

    481 Moby Dick - 10 Essential Questions (Part One)

    481 Moby Dick - 10 Essential Questions (Part One)

    Here we go! Moby-Dick; or, the Whale (1851) by Herman Melville is one of the greatest - and strangest - novels you will ever read. Call it what you will - a literary leviathan, an intellectual chowder, an early entry in the Great American Novel sweepstakes - or don't call it anything, just call the narrator Ishmael and climb aboard! In this episode, Jacke counts down 10 Essential Questions regarding Melville's (white) whale of a book.
    Additional listening:

    474 Herman Melville

    159 Herman Melville (with Mike Palindrome and Cristina Negrón)

    110 Heart of Darkness - Then and Now


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    • 1 hr 20 min
    480 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (with Ritchie Robertson)

    480 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (with Ritchie Robertson)

    In 1878, critic Matthew Arnold wrote, "Goethe is the greatest poet of modern times... because having a very considerable gift for poetry, he was at the same time, in the width, depth, and richness of his criticism of life, by far our greatest modern man." In this episode, Jacke talks to Ritchie Robertson, author of Goethe: A Very Short Introduction, about the life and works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832): scientist, administrator, artist, art critic, and supreme literary writer in a vast variety of genres.
    Ritchie Robertson is Taylor Professor of German in the University of Oxford. He is the author of The 'Jewish Question' in German Literature, 1749-1939: Emancipation and its Discontents (OUP, 1999), Mock-Epic Poetry from Pope to Heine (OUP, 2009), and Kafka; A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2004). He has translated several German authors into English for the Oxford World's Classics and Penguin Classics series, and has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 2004.
    Additional listening:

    463 Friedrich Nietzsche (with Ritchie Robertson)

    George Eliot

    111 The Americanest American - Ralph Waldo Emerson


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    • 1 hr
    479 Auden and the Muse of History (with Susannah Young-ah Gottlieb)

    479 Auden and the Muse of History (with Susannah Young-ah Gottlieb)

    W.H. Auden (1907-1973) was one of the twentieth-century's greatest poets - and also one of the most engaged. As he struggled to make sense of the rise of fascism, two world wars, and industrialized murder, his focus turned to the poet's responsibility in the face of unthinkable horrors. How does a poet begin to address these subjects? In this episode, Jacke talks to Professor Susannah Young-ah Gottlieb, author of the new book Auden and the Muse of History, about Auden's use of the past to help him come to grips with the present.
    Susannah Young-ah Gottlieb is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies, Northwestern University. She is the author of Regions of Sorrow: Anxiety and Messianism in Hannah Arendt and W.H. Auden (Stanford, 2003) and editor of Hannah Arendt: Reflections on Literature and Culture (Stanford, 2007).
    Additional listening suggestions:

    467 T.S. Eliot and The Waste Land (with Jed Rasula)

    363 William Butler Yeats

    464 Percy Bysshe Shelley - The Mature Years


    Help support the show at patreon.com/literature or historyofliterature.com/donate. The History of Literature Podcast is a member of Lit Hub Radio and the Podglomerate Network. Learn more at www.thepodglomerate.com/historyofliterature.
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    • 57 min
    478 The Diaries of Franz Kafka (with Ross Benjamin)

    478 The Diaries of Franz Kafka (with Ross Benjamin)

    Kafka! The avatar of anxiety! He's long been one of our favorites here at the History of Literature Podcast. In this episode, Jacke talks to translator Ross Benjamin about the new edition of The Diaries of Franz Kafka, published by Schocken Books, which includes some material available in English for the first time.
    “Readers will welcome this new edition of the Diaries, complete, uncensored, in a fluent translation by Ross Benjamin, and supplemented with 78 pages of invaluable notes, the fruit of half a century of Kafka scholarship.” —J. M. Coetzee, author of Disgrace
    “Ross Benjamin has given the literary world an incredible treasure in this thoughtful edition. Kafka has never been so fully present, both as a man and a writer." —New York Journal of Books
    Additional listening:

    134 The Greatest Night of Kafka's Life

    139 A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka

    349 Kafka's Metamorphosis (with Blume)

    404 Kafka and Literary Oblivion (with Robin Hemley)


    Help support the show at patreon.com/literature or historyofliterature.com/donate. The History of Literature Podcast is a member of Lit Hub Radio and the Podglomerate Network. Learn more at www.thepodglomerate.com/historyofliterature.
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    • 51 min
    477 Does Edith Wharton Hate You? (Part 2 - "The Vice of Reading")

    477 Does Edith Wharton Hate You? (Part 2 - "The Vice of Reading")

    Does Edith Wharton hate us? That's a provocative question - but perhaps one that Wharton herself provoked, with her essay on the readers who damaged literature and her fiction satirizing the same. In this two-part series, Jacke takes a look at the type of readers targeted by Wharton: not the readers of trash fiction, whom she believed were harmless enough, but the readers of serious fiction who nevertheless read fiction in the wrong way. Does it include History of Literature Podcast listeners or even - gulp - its host?
    This episode is Part Two, which focuses on Wharton's 1903 essay "The Vice of Reading." Part One, which focuses on Wharton's 1916 short story "Xingu," will be available at the same time.
    Additional listening:

    Edith Wharton (with Mike Palindrome)

    61 In the Mood for a Good Book - Wharton, Murakami, Chandler, and Fowles (with Vu Tran)

    414 Henry James's Golden Bowl (with Dinitia Smith)

    Help support the show at patreon.com/literature or historyofliterature.com/donate. The History of Literature Podcast is a member of Lit Hub Radio and the Podglomerate Network. Learn more at www.thepodglomerate.com/historyofliterature.
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    • 49 min
    476 Does Edith Wharton Hate You? (Part 1 - "Xingu")

    476 Does Edith Wharton Hate You? (Part 1 - "Xingu")

    Does Edith Wharton hate us? That's a provocative question - but perhaps one that Wharton herself provoked, with her essay on the readers who damaged literature and her fiction satirizing the same. In this two-part series, Jacke takes a look at the type of readers targeted by Wharton: not the readers of trash fiction, whom she believed were harmless enough, but the readers of serious fiction who nevertheless read fiction in the wrong way. Does it include History of Literature Podcast listeners or even - gulp - its host?
    This episode is Part One, focusing on Wharton's 1916 short story "Xingu." Part Two, which focuses on Wharton's 1903 essay "The Vice of Reading," will be available at the same time.
    Additional listening:

    Edith Wharton (with Mike Palindrome)

    61 In the Mood for a Good Book - Wharton, Murakami, Chandler, and Fowles (with Vu Tran)

    414 Henry James's Golden Bowl (with Dinitia Smith)

    Help support the show at patreon.com/literature or historyofliterature.com/donate. The History of Literature Podcast is a member of Lit Hub Radio and the Podglomerate Network. Learn more at www.thepodglomerate.com/historyofliterature.
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    • 1 hr 17 min

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