434 episodes

Literature 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 paypal.me/jackewilson. Contact the show at historyofliteraturepodcast@gmail.com.

The History of Literature Podglomerate

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    • 4.6 • 889 Ratings

Literature 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 paypal.me/jackewilson. Contact the show at historyofliteraturepodcast@gmail.com.

    448 Lewis Carroll (with Charlie Lovett)

    448 Lewis Carroll (with Charlie Lovett)

    Although best known for his classic children's books involving Alice and her Wonderland adventures, Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) was a man of many talents and interests. In this episode, Jacke talks to Carrollinian scholar and biographer Charlie Lovett about his new book, Lewis Carroll: Formed by Faith.
    Additional listening suggestions:

    Beatrix Potter

    C.S. Lewis

    373 Roald Dahl


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    • 56 min
    447 Lady Chatterley's Lover (with Saikat Majumdar)

    447 Lady Chatterley's Lover (with Saikat Majumdar)

    D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930) started a firestorm with his 1928 novel Lady Chatterley's Lover, which was quickly banned around the world. But the novel eventually found its way into print, after winning numerous obscenity trials in the 1950s and 60s, and today it's widely available (if not always widely read). In this episode, Jacke talks to Indian novelist Saikat Majumdar (The Middle Finger, Silverfish) about Saikat's childhood, his journey to becoming a writer, and his admiration for Lawrence's classic novel.
    Additional listening suggestions:

    87 Man in Love: the Passions of D.H. Lawrence

    381 C. Subramania Bharati (with Mira T Sundara Rajan)

    338 Finding Yourself in Hollywood (with Meg Tilly)


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    • 1 hr
    446 Percy Bysshe Shelley - The Early Years

    446 Percy Bysshe Shelley - The Early Years

    Jacke takes a look at the early years of Percy Bysshe Shelley, from his idyllic childhood, to his rebellious student years, to his experiments in free love, radical politics, and Wordsworthian poetry. Works discussed include "Queen Mab," "Hymn to Intellectual Beauty," "Alastor, or the Spirit of Solitude," "Mont Blanc," "Mutability ["We are as clouds that veil the midnight moon"], and "To Wordsworth."
    Additional listening suggestions:

    John Keats

    More John Keats

    306 Keats's Great Odes (with Anahid Nersessian)

    307 Keats's Ode to Psyche

    Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know - The Story of Lord Byron


    Help support the show at patreon.com/literature or historyofliterature.com/shop. 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 14 min
    445 What Would Cervantes Do? (with David Castillo and William Egginton)

    445 What Would Cervantes Do? (with David Castillo and William Egginton)

    As the author of what is generally considered the first and perhaps greatest novel of the modern era, Miguel de Cervantes and his masterpiece Don Quixote belongs on every shelf. But as two scholars point out in their new book, What Would Cervantes Do? Navigating Post-Truth with Spanish Baroque Literature the lessons to be learned from Cervantes go beyond issues of plot and character. In this episode, Jacke talks to Professor David Castillo and Professor William Egginton about using the example of Cervantes to better understand the role that the humanities can play in dissecting and combatting the forces of disinformation.
    Additional listening suggestions:

    329 Miguel de Cervantes

    Jorge Luis Borges

    314 Gabriel García Márquez (with Patricia Engel)


    Help support the show at patreon.com/literature or historyofliterature.com/shop. 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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    • 59 min
    444 Thrillers on the Eve of War - Spy Novels in the 1930s (with Juliette Bretan)

    444 Thrillers on the Eve of War - Spy Novels in the 1930s (with Juliette Bretan)

    The British spy novel was well established long before Ian Fleming's creation of James Bond in the 1950s. And while it came to be identified with the Cold War, thanks to Fleming and subsequent writers like John le Carré, thriller aficionados continued to look back to earlier authors for novels with a different set of stakes. In this episode, Jacke talks to scholar and journalist Juliette Bretan about the issues at work in the spy novels of the 1930s. With Europe in flux, what were the protagonist spies busy doing? And how did those reflect the passions and fears of their creators? Authors discussed include Graham Greene, Christopher Isherwood, Rex Warner (The Wild Goose Chase, The Professor), Eric Ambler (The Dark Frontier, Uncommon Danger, A Coffin for Dimitrios) and Geoffrey Household (Rogue Male).
    Additional listening suggestions:

    114 Christopher Marlowe: What Happened and What If?

    39 Graham Greene

    380 Ian Fleming | PLUS The Black James Bond


    Help support the show at patreon.com/literature or historyofliterature.com/shop. 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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    • 50 min
    443 Updating Bloom's Canon (with Bethanne Patrick)

    443 Updating Bloom's Canon (with Bethanne Patrick)

    In 1994, Harold Bloom's magnum opus The Western Canon took up the critical cudgels on behalf of 26 writers declared by Bloom to be essential. In this episode, Bethanne Patrick (aka the Book Maven), literary critic and host of the new podcast Missing Pages, joins Jacke to propose some additions to Bloom's narrow list.
    Additional Listening Suggestions:

    83 Overrated! The Top 10 Books You Don't Need to Read

    52 Recommend This! The Best 101 Books for College-Bound Readers

    54 The Greatest Books Ever (More on the Best 101 Books for College-Bound Readers)


    Help support the show at patreon.com/literature or historyofliterature.com/shop. 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 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
889 Ratings

889 Ratings

Travels with Trip ,

Inspired

I know this podcast is designed to jump in anywhere, but I am so glad I listened to the trailer and the first episodes first - I am hooked and inspired! Jacke’s delivery is relatable and enjoyable. His commentary on Gilgamesh inspired a whole project I have embarked on to get more people reading and discussing it. I look forward to coming back to this podcast time and again!

765knonoi ,

Delightful

I came to listen to an episode on Heart of Darkness to better understand it. This podcast is less “book summary” and more “this character is what I love about this book or let me spend 5 minutes dissecting this crucial sentence.” Little did I know how much I would love this style. The host’s chuckles, the 10-minute episode introductions, the personal asides—it’s all delightful. After that first episode, I promptly scrolled through the archives and downloaded 50 to watch. I listened to a half dozen and went scrolling back to download more.

This podcast greatly enriches my appreciation for literature and makes me want to read more.

cmblass ,

Such a delight

I’m not a big podcaster, but I wanted to learn more about Fernando Pessoa before I went to Portugal for the first time, and this one popped up. What an absolute dream of a podcast. I teach English, and this podcast marries whimsy and information so well that it is both helpful as prep and food for my soul. Brilliant.

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