How to Read
By Jess Engebretson & Milan Terlunen
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How to Read is a podcast for curious readers of all kinds. Each episode is a short conversation – 15 minutes max – with a different literary scholar. Whether you’re a casual reader or an obsessive bookworm, this podcast is for you – no prior knowledge needed.
||Clean10. The history of the chapter||Pick up a novel today, and it’s almost guaranteed to be divided up into chapters. But that hasn’t always been …||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9. How to read philosophy||You might not think writing style matters in philosophy. But Kwame Anthony Appiah – a professor of philosophy who’s also …||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8. Philadelphia’s utopian roots||A utopia presents an ideal world that has overcome the problems of the present. For the original Utopia, written by …||11/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7. Global currents in US literature||What connects Langston Hughes to Hong Kong, Malcolm X to Mecca, and Syrian merchants to the 9/11 memorial? In this episode, English professor Wai Chee Dimock shows us how to read quintessentially American writers from an international perspective.||10/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6. The long history of reading aloud||The idea of putting spaces between written words didn’t develop until thousands of years after writing itself was invented. Before …||10/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5. The politics of disobedient wives||During the Renaissance, a writer could be imprisoned just for claiming that a husband beating his wife should show mercy. …||9/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4. Social networks in novels||What happens when we apply today’s ideas about social networks back onto literature of the past? It’s easy to think …||9/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3. Why description matters||Our guest Heather Love is out to convince us of the value of description — yep, plain old description. In …||8/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2. Atrocity, time, and the novel||We live in a world with a long history of atrocity — from the colonization of the Americas to the …||8/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1. Intriguing opening sentences||Sometimes it pays to zoom in. Today, we focus on some opening sentences which reward close attention. Our guest is Jenny …||7/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Fun and Professional
"How to Read" is a snappy, immaculately-edited podcast that allows professional literary scholars to share their work with a broad audience through descriptions of their own careful reading habits, always illustrated with well-chosen examples. Fans of longer literary or book review podcasts will find a perfect complement in these short but addictive episodes.