This 16-part series offers a comprehensive review of American literary movements and authors within the context of history and culture. It takes an expanded view of American literary movements, bringing in a diversity of voices and tracing the continuity among them. The programs are coordinated with the Norton Anthology of American Literature. Series titles: Native Voices; Exploring Borderlands; Utopian Promise; Spirit of Nationalism; Masculine Heroes; Gothic Undercurrents; Slavery and Freedom; Regional Realism; Social Realism; Rhythms in Poetry; Modernist Portraits; Migrant Struggle; Southern Renaissance; Becoming Visible; Poetry of Liberation; and Search for Identity.
Filmed on location at British and French historical sites, this three-part series delves into the art, literature, and politics of 18th- and 19th-century Europe—telling the tumultuous story of Romanticism and its reshaping of Western culture. Through imaginative reenactments and incisive commentary, the series explores the writings and achievements of the movement’s leaders—including William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, and Percy and Mary Shelley. The result is a powerful illustration of an era that continues to influence today’s artistic and intellectual climate. Produced by the Open University. 3-part series, 60 minutes each. Titles include: From Revolution to Nature; From Nature to Transcendence; and From Transcendence to Oblivion.