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Literature and Language Arts in English


Literature and Language Arts in English



SHAKESPEARE IS ALIVE & WELL IN MODERN WORLD

This program compares Shakespearean themes with similar themes from modern works, enabling students to penetrate complex Elizabethan vocabulary and experience insight into character's feelings, motives and actions. Film clips from screen adaptations of 'Wuthering Heights', 'Lord of the Flies', 'Mutiny on the Bounty', 'Animal Farm', 'The Lives of Dorian Gray' and others help illustrate themes like alienations, evil and ambition.

DVD / 1990 / () / 47 minutes

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STEINBECK: GRAPES OF WRATH & THE DEPRESSION - A VIDEO COMMENTARY

Introduce your students to one of the most important novels of the century. The program features an expert who provides backgrounds for both the novel and movie; covers social concerns suggested by the novel; the relationship of the novel to the movie and to documentaries and photography of the period.

DVD / 1987 / () / 26 minutes

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FABLE, A

Accompanied by an enchanting musical score, Marcel Marceau mimes the story of man in love with life -until a child inadvertently tramples the man's prized tiger lily. Angered, the man builds a wall around his land to isolate himself from his neighbors. A series of mishaps occur, and the man builds his wall higher and higher-only to find that his paradise has become a prison. Filmed in a 14th century village near Rome, this multiple prizewinner encourages friendly cooperation and understanding. This is a delightful tale using the mime techniques that have made him world famous, Marcel Marceau acts out this touching story about a man whose anger leads him to a life of loneliness and isolation.

DVD / 1981 / () / 19 minutes

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HARLEM RENAISSANCE & BEYOND, THE

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 Walker, with a discussion of "Native Son" by Richard Wright, illustrate changes in black literature after the Harlem Renaissance. These differences are related to changes wrought by the Depression and World War II. Contemporary black writers who deal with other themes explain their work and their feelings about black consciousness.

DVD / 1978 / () / 31 minutes

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EXPLORING THE NOVEL: FOR ENTERTAINMENT & COMPREHENSION

Introduce students to the traditions of realism and romanticism. Dramatized selections illustrate such major elements as characters, plot, setting, style, point of view and theme. Includes excerpts from the writings of Dickens, Salinger, Huxley, Hemingway, Austen, Joyce, Steinbeck, Kesey, Swift, Tolkien and others.

DVD / 1977 / () / 48 minutes

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LITERATURE WITH A MESSAGE: PROTEST & PROPAGANDA, SATIRE & SOCIAL COMMENT

This program analyzes literature written for a purpose--to rally support for causes, to satirize human folly, to protest injustice, to encourage idealism and spiritual rebirth. It examines different types of literary propaganda in the Horatio Alger stories, the wartime speeches of Winston Churchill and the story "Flowers For Algernon." Literature of protest is illustrated by passages from "Cry The Beloved Country" and poems by Stephen Crane, ee. cummings and Judith Viorst. Satire is examined in "Gulliver's Travels" and "Animal Farm." Social comment in modern drama is seen in Arthur Miller's "Death Of A Salesman."

DVD / 1974 / () / 35 minutes

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VICTORIAN AGE, THE

This program offers literary and historical insight into key Victorian themes. Charles Dickens is featured as the central Victorian novelist and his social themes are examined in depth. Students survey the range of Victorian thought and tradition in excerpts from Browning, Arnold, Tennyson, Carlyle and Ruskin. Dickens's impact on his time and on the novel itself is considered. Dramatized readings invite students analyze his themes. On-location photography and Victoria art are included.

DVD / 1970 / () / 29 minutes

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CLASSROOM CLASSICS I

Identify major literary themes and see how characters and plots are developed. Program features dramatic clips from these popular classics: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank & A Separate Peace by John Knowles.

DVD / / () / 29 minutes

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CLASSROOM CLASSICS II

Identify major literary themes and see how characters and plots are developed. Program features dramatic clips from these popular classics: Lord of the Flies by William Golding & The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

DVD / / () / 25 minutes

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CLASSROOM CLASSICS III

Identify major literary themes and see how characters and plots are developed. Program features dramatic clips from these popular classics: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee & The Miracle Worker by William Gibson.

DVD / / () / 32 minutes

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CLASSROOM CLASSICS IV

Identify major literary themes and see how characters and plots are developed. Program features dramatic clips from these popular classics: Animal Farm by George Orwell & The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

DVD / / () / 33 minutes

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CONCORD: A NATION'S CONSCIENCE

Students hear the voices of American social protest, moral outage and personal integrity, expressed in the writings of Emerson & Thoreau, and relate their philosophies to the calm beauty of rural New England, which inspired them both.

DVD / / () / 25 minutes

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ERNEST HEMINGWAY, WRITER: "BIG, TWO HEARTED RIVER"

Photographs of the locale of Hemingway's powerful story about Nick Adams illustrate this program. Students examine the use of characterization, style and symbol to create and sustain excitement and also explore Hemingway's concern with the inner conflict that often develops when a young person struggles to relate to the adult world.

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EXPLORING THE SHORT STORY: FOR ENTERTAINMENT & COMPREHENSION

Introduce students to the elements of character, setting, plot, point of view, theme and style. Excerpts from stories by authors such as Dorothy Parker, Edgar Allan Poe and Jack London illustrate how these authors transform their thoughts and feelings into meaningful messages.

DVD / / () / 46 minutes

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FAMOUS AUTHORS: EUGENE O'NEILL

Eugene O'Neill 1888 - 1953

O'Neill's father was a successful actor and as a child he was loved and cared for. He spent his youth rebelling against everything and finally settled down to become America's first serious dramatist of international stature. He won the Nobel prize for literature in 1936. The DVD covers his life and background.


DVD / / () / 35 minutes

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FAMOUS AUTHORS: FRANZ KAFKA

Franz Kafka 1883 - 1924

Franz Kafka was born in Prague, still under the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was well educated and from an early age he determined to become a writer. He worked in an insurance company and in his ample free time wrote a number of remarkable novels and short stories. His heroes are all struggling to find themselves against a background of the totalitarian state or tribe or religion, and his name has become synonymous with the idea of modern man and his struggle to maintain his individuality. The video traces his life and is followed by a brief overview of his works.


DVD / / () / 35 minutes

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FAMOUS AUTHORS: GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

George Bernard Shaw 1856 - 1950

Shaw was born into a protestant family in Catholic Dublin. His family was slowly sliding down the social ladder. He left school at 15 to become a clerk. Then aged twenty three went off to London to become a writer. Blessed with a brilliant wit and a capacity for hard work he became the most prominent dramatist of his age. The DVD covers his life and background.


DVD / / () / 35 minutes

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FAMOUS AUTHORS: HENRY JAMES

Henry James 1843 - 1916

Henry James was born in New York in 1843. His parents were wealthy and his father a learned man with literary friends. He was educated in Europe and at Harvard University. His first major novel was published when he was 32. He lived most of his adult life in England. The DVD covers his life and background.


DVD / / () / 35 minutes

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FAMOUS AUTHORS: JANE AUSTEN

Jane Austen 1775 - 1817

Like most women of her time, Jane Austen lived out her life on home ground. Her adventurous brothers meant however that she was very much in touch with her age. Coupling this with her own remarkable personality she produced some of the finest novels in English literature. The DVD covers her life and background and ends with an overview of her work.


DVD / / () / 35 minutes

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FAMOUS AUTHORS: JOHN STEINBECK

John Steinbeck 1902 - 1962

John Steinbeck was born in Salinas California in 1902. He studied literature at Stanford University. His first novel was published when he was twenty seven. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. The DVD covers his life and background and ends with an overview of his work.


DVD / / () / 35 minutes

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FAMOUS AUTHORS: MARCEL PROUST

Marcel Proust 1871 - 1922

Proust was born the son of a wealthy Parisian doctor and had an easy entry into the higher echelons of French society. His knowledge of this world was the background to the astonishing series of novels called A La Recherche du Temps Perdu (Remembrance of Things Past). He did not have an early success but by the end of his life it was recognised that his work - sensitive, searching, amusing and amazingly perceptive about how humans work - was in a class of its own. The DVD traces his unusual life and ends with an overview of his works.


DVD / / () / 35 minutes

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FAMOUS AUTHORS: OSCAR WILDE

Oscar Wilde 1854 - 1900

Oscar Wilde was certainly one of the most brilliant writers of comedy for the English stage. The tale of his tragic downfall, caused by the society of his time condemning his private sexual life, has generally overshadowed the importance of his work. The film follows his early career and attempts to regain the balance between tragic figure and artist. The DVD covers his life and background and ends with an overview of his work.


DVD / / () / 35 minutes

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FAMOUS AUTHORS: ROBERT BURNS

Robert Burns 1759 - 1796

Robert Burns was born into a poor family in the little town of Alloway on the west coast of Scotland. He began to write poetry and by the age of twenty six had enough to publish. His book of poems was an instant success and he went to Edinburgh and was lionised by the literary folk as a ploughman poet. The DVD traces his life and is followed by a short overview of his work.


DVD / / () / 35 minutes

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FAMOUS AUTHORS: THE BRONTE SISTERS

The three Bronte sisters Charlotte (b.1816), Emily (b.1818) and Anne (b.1810) were all born in the village of Thornton in Yorkshire. They spent most of their lives not far away at Haworth where their father was vicar. They were largely educated at home. All three achieved their goal of becoming successful novelists. The programme follows their lives and their development as writers and ends with an overview of their work.

DVD / / () / 35 minutes

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FAMOUS AUTHORS: THOMAS HARDY

Thomas Hardy 1840 - 1928

Hardy was born near Dorchester in Dorset. His father was a stonemason. He was educated at local schools and trained as an architect. He went to London to further his career. He wrote his first novel when he was thirty-one and went on to have huge success. In later years he gave up novel writing for poetry. The DVD covers his life and background.


DVD / / () / 35 minutes

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FAMOUS AUTHORS: VIRGINIA WOOLF

Virginia Woolf 1882 - 1941

Virginia Woolf was born in London in 1882. Her father was Leslie Stephen, a writer and literary editor. She was educated privately and in 1912 married Leonard Woolf. He encouraged her to write and they began their own publishing house called the Hogarth Press. She took her own life in 1941.The DVD covers her life and background.


DVD / / () / 35 minutes

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FOLKTALES AROUND THE WORLD

These ten folktales introduce youngsters to heroic epics from America's past, and to the customs and cultures of countries such as Greece, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Russia, Nigeria, and Japan. The combination of special artwork with appropriate music makes these legends instructive cultural happenings.

DVD / / (Grades 5-9) / 137 minutes

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FORMS OF LITERATURE: POETRY

Students are introduced to the basic poetic techniques and the endless variety of poetic forms and subjects poets have used over the centuries. The enormous possibilities of poetic expression are explored through works by cummings, Shakespeare, Edward Lear, Wordsworth, Millay, Donne, Corso, Dorothy Parker, Homer, Keats, Roethke, Hart Crane, Pound, Yeats, Coleridge and Pablo Neruda. Students eventualoly examine a Shakepearean sonnet and analyze successive drafts of poems by Dylan Thomas, Dickinson, and Williams

DVD / / () / 41 minutes

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SIX POETS: SEARCHING FOR RHYME AND REASON

Providing extensive biographical profiles and readings from each writer's most famous works, this series explores the lives and literary legacies of six major poets: John Donne, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, and W. H. Auden.

John Donne: Synonymous with metaphysical poetry, John Donne combined wit with passion, startling diction with curious contrasts. This program chronicles his extraordinary life as lawyer, lover, sailor, father, preacher, and poet. Manuscripts and paintings are combined with readings from many of Donne's most famous writings, including "The Flea," "Elegy XX," "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning," "The Calm," "Progress of the Soul," "Holy Sonnet XVII," "Meditation XVII," and "Hymn to God, My God, in My Sickness."

Walt Whitman: A self-styled sketch runs, "Walt Whitman, an American, one of the roughs, a kosmos." He could have added journalist, carpenter, nurse, and one of the greatest poets in English. This program presents a unique literary biography, tracing Whitman's childhood, various careers, and the evolution of the masterpiece that proved his lifelong work, Leaves of Grass. A collage of photos, paintings, and manuscripts accompanies excerpts of letters from Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson, as well as readings from sections of Leaves of Grass, such as "Song of Myself," "I Sing the Body Electric," and "Native Moments."

Emily Dickinson: While many of her literary peers achieved notoriety, "the woman in white" remained virtually unknownˇXby choice. The self-imposed obscurity of Emily Dickinson is just one of many aspects of her life that this program explores. Blending daguerreotypes, paintings, manuscripts, excerpts from Dickinson's letters, and readings from nearly a dozen of her poems, this program presents the biography of one of America's most unique and influential voices in poetry.

Ezra Pound: Ezra Pound wielded tremendous influence on the 20th century's literature while he cut a controversial path through its politics. His challenge, "make it new," became Modernism's touchstone. This program follows his life's extraordinary course, from his collaborations with Yeats and Eliot through his years of detention at St. Elizabeths Hospital. A wealth of photographs and manuscripts is blended with readings from his letters, essays, and poems, including "Meditatio," "In a Station of the Metro," and selections from his epic work, The Cantos.

T.S. Eliot: As a poet, T. S. Eliot did not just modernize, he revolutionized. As critic and publisher, he informed literary theory and promoted a generation of major young writers. This richly resourced program provides a concise biography of Eliot, tracing the key events of his life and highlighting his many contributions to English literature. The program features readings and excerpts from his major poems and critical work, including "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," "Sweeney among the Nightingales," "Gerontion," "The Hollow Men," "Ash Wednesday," The Wasteland, Four Quartets, and The Sacred Wood.

W.H. Auden: A prolific virtuoso of poetic forms and techniques, W. H. Auden achieved literary fame on both sides of the Atlantic. This program traces his life's story and provides a sampling of his very best works, including "Musee des Beaux Arts," "In Memory of W. B. Yeats," "Epitaph on a Tyrant," "Leap Before You Look," and "The Shield of Achilles."


6 DVDs / / () / 120 minutes

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WORLD OF MARK TWAIN

Students explore Twain's works through excerpts from his best-known fiction, essays and letters. The program shows how the author's boyhood, riverboat and journalistic experiences influenced his writings.

DVD / / () / 31 minutes

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