Best Literature podcasts we could find (Updated October 2018)
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Amateur literary enthusiast Jacke Wilson journeys through the history of literature, from ancient epics to contemporary classics.Find out more at historyofliterature.com and facebook.com/historyofliterature.
 
A podcast covering Anglophone literature from ancient times to the present.
 
***Annotated Audiobooks for Busy Booklovers*** Since 2006 CraftLit has released serialized classic literature weekly—the way Dickens did it—but as an audiobook with audio annotations. Host Heather Ordover gives you some context and juicy tidbits before playing the next chapter of the current book. *** Listeners regularly call in to share their thoughts to be played in the next episode, which keeps the "book club" vibe going. *** The podcast has been in continuous production since 2006. Our c ...
 
Podcast by Classic Literature and Philosophy
 
Mixture of advice and expert interviews to provide guidance on all of the common problems you face when doing a literature review.
 
This book, which presents the whole splendid history of English literature from Anglo-Saxon times to the close of the Victorian Era, has three specific aims. The first is to create or to encourage in every student the desire to read the best books, and to know literature itself rather than what has been written about literature. The second is to interpret literature both personally and historically, that is, to show how a great book generally reflects not only the author's life and thought b ...
 
World Literature Podcasting provides a podcast series exploring a selection of the classics from the world of literature. The purpose of this series is to enhance the listener's knowledge and understanding of notable works of literature of the Western world. Each conversation is complemented with a full transcript of the talk as well as a page of discussion and comprehension questions and further recommended reading. The first two podcasts are free, after that a free 2 minute preview will be ...
 
The Literature of Crisis
 
This is a survey of the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory. Lectures will provide background for the readings and explicate them where appropriate, while attempting to develop a coherent overall context that incorporates philosophical and social perspectives on the recurrent questions: what is literature, how is it produced, how can it be understood, and what is its purpose?
 
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Literature and Form
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Lecture series looking at key concepts in studying Literature; including lectures on the concept of unreliable narrators to theory of comparative literature. This series was filmed in the English Faculty in Trinity Term 2012
 
Latinitium offers a podcast in Latin on various subjects, ranging from idiomatic expressions and literature to random curiosities. For a full transcription of the episodes go to http://www.latinitium.com/podcast.
 
The ForceCast's Jedi Journals is a monthly literature podcast covering the past, present, and future of Star Wars literature.
 
Just the Best Literature inspires you to not only read printed books, but to read only the best books. Besides books, host Dennis Leap will lead discussions on other current literature such as essays and important articles.
 
Film, Literature and the New World Order is a monthly podcast series from CorbettReport.com. In this series, James Corbett of The Corbett Report and a rotating series of guests dissect a different book or movie each month, examining its messages, exposing propaganda, understanding connections and finding the real agenda (and sometimes the real solutions) offered to us in the media we consume.
 
A Podcast on Chinese Literature
 
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Literature Lab
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Interviews about the world of literary studies. For anyone who loves reading and wants to think about what they read.
 
Antoine Compagnon, born on July 20, 1950 in Brussels, has been professor of "Modern and Contemporary French Literature: history, criticism, and theory" at the Collège de France since 2006. He has also been Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York since 1985, holding the "Blanche W. Knopf" chair since 1991. Formerly a student at the École Polytechnique (1970), and an engineer from the Ponts et Chaussées engineering school (1975), he was awarded a PhD i ...
 
Each week, Dr. Richard Benton, Fr. Marc Boulos and guests discuss the content of the Bible as literature.
 
Podcasts exploring the relationship between literary works and the artwork and Oxford. From J.R.R Tolkien to Philip Pullman, authors have been inspired by Oxford; the architecture, history and culture of the city. This podcast series includes lectures and events which celebrate and explore the literature and art inspired by Oxford
 
The Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, is a work of enormous proportions. Setting out with the simple goal of offering "American households a mass of good reading", the editors drew from literature of all times and all kinds what they considered the best pieces of human writing, and compiled an ambitious collection of 45 volumes (with a 46th being an index-guide). Besides the selection and translation of a huge number of poems, letters, short stories and sections of ...
 
​Words and Nerds Podcast is an entertaining and conversational podcast that aims to get inside the writer's minds. We discuss books and the social and political influences of a writer's work.The podcast digs deep to bring you an in depth but humorous analysis of the author's book and its influences. Join us for a new way of looking at literature. Dani Vee your host is a Head Teacher English, podcaster, reader, writer and book enthusiast. Subscribe and listen now.
 
This podcast gives you a daily reading of classic literature, to ease your commute or help you through your English course
 
From emerging writers to international successes, the National Library of Australia’s Arts and Literature Talks take you into the minds and reveal the creative processes of some of the world’s best writers.
 
Join The Gist of Freedom weekly live online discussion is a celebration of the African American experience—honoring all the people, past and present, black and white—who have determined to preserve history in literature, craftsmanship and artifact.
 
Engaging history of American Lit from the 1600's up through the late 1890's. The author, who was a professor at Knox College, really put a lot into this, combining national history with his love for literature. - Summary by BellonaTimes
 
A podcast covering Anglophone literature from ancient times to the present.
 
The Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, is a work of enormous proportions. Setting out with the simple goal of offering "American households a mass of good reading", the editors drew from literature of all times and all kinds what they considered the best pieces of human writing, and compiled an ambitious collection of 45 volumes (with a 46th being an index-guide). Besides the selection and translation of a huge number of poems, letters, short stories and sections of ...
 
***Annotated Audiobooks for Busy Booklovers*** Since 2006 CraftLit has released serialized classic literature weekly—the way Dickens did it—but as an audiobook with audio annotations. Host Heather Ordover gives you some context and juicy tidbits before playing the next chapter of the current book. *** Listeners regularly call in to share their thoughts to be played in the next episode, which keeps the "book club" vibe going. *** The podcast has been in continuous production since 2006. Our c ...
 
Enthusiast Jacke Wilson journeys through the history of literature, from ancient epics to contemporary classics.Find out more at historyofliterature.com and facebook.com/historyofliterature.
 
A storytelling podcast dedicated to the stories behind the great books of the past. On the show, I explore the inner conflicts and adverse circumstances that have shaped authors' lives, from antiquity to the twentieth century, one author at a time. Together, we'll uncover the long-forgotten mysteries and dramas behind the greatest literary works, the heartache and anger and joy behind all those books that still speak to us today. Visit my website, www.inviolablevoices.com, for more information.
 
Join voice actor Nikolle Doolin, as she brings the pages of classic literature to life in this engaging literary podcast. Enjoy a myriad of great authors such as: Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, Henry James, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, Shakespeare, and many more. For more stories and information, visit: http://nikolledoolin.com/alo.
 
Entitled Opinions is a literary talk show on Stanford University Radio, KZSU, in which Professor Robert Harrison interviews guests about issues that range from literature and philosophy to politics and sports.
 
A regular podcast presented by Vikki Reilly and Kristian Kerr of Birlinn Ltd. Travelling the highways and byways of Scottish literature.
 
Literature is defined as "imaginative or creative writing, especially of recognized artistic value." Spirituality is defined as "the quality or state of being concerned with religion or religious matters." The purpose of this podcast is to examine how these two subjects intersect with one another and how they relate to our lives.
 
Madeleine Bunting travels the country to meet writers inspired by location, and finds out how they go about interpreting their environments in words.
 
One book, two ladies, so much alcohol.
 
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Literature Out Loud
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Podcast about classic works of literature.
 
Originally an article in the US Edition of the London Quarterly Review, George Borrow offers a sweeping history of Welsh literature, beginning with the legendary origin of the Welsh people, then their major bards and poets, and then their works of prose. Many examples are offered. - Summary by Eric W. Metzler
 
AAWW Radio is the podcast of the Asian American Writers' Workshop, a national nonprofit dedicated to the idea that Asian American stories deserve to be told. Listen to AAWW Radio and you’ll hear selected audio from our current and past events. We’ve hosted established writers like Claudia Rankine, Maxine Hong Kingston, Roxane Gay, Amitav Ghosh, and Hanya Yanagihara, as well as more emerging writers like Ocean Vuong, Solmaz Sharif, and Jenny Zhang. Our events are intimate and intellectual, qu ...
 
This is a survey of the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory. Lectures will provide background for the readings and explicate them where appropriate, while attempting to develop a coherent overall context that incorporates philosophical and social perspectives on the recurrent questions: what is literature, how is it produced, how can it be understood, and what is its purpose?
 
Podcasts exploring the relationship between literary works and the artwork and Oxford. From J.R.R Tolkien to Philip Pullman, authors have been inspired by Oxford; the architecture, history and culture of the city. This podcast series includes lectures and events which celebrate and explore the literature and art inspired by Oxford
 
The Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, is a work of enormous proportions. Setting out with the simple goal of offering "American households a mass of good reading", the editors drew from literature of all times and all kinds what they considered the best pieces of human writing, and compiled an ambitious collection of 45 volumes (with a 46th being an index-guide). Besides the selection and translation of a huge number of poems, letters, short stories and sections of ...
 
This is a collection of 20 short stories and long-form poetry by American women writers. (Summary by BellonaTimes)
 
STS: English and Literature
 
The Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, is a work of enormous proportions. Setting out with the simple goal of offering "American households a mass of good reading", the editors drew from literature of all times and all kinds what they considered the best pieces of human writing, and compiled an ambitious collection of 45 volumes (with a 46th being an index-guide). Besides the selection and translation of a huge number of poems, letters, short stories and sections of ...
 
Podcast by Gentle Reader
 
The Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, is a work of enormous proportions. Setting out with the simple goal of offering "American households a mass of good reading", the editors drew from literature of all times and all kinds what they considered the best pieces of human writing, and compiled an ambitious collection of 45 volumes (with a 46th being an index-guide). Besides the selection and translation of a huge number of poems, letters, short stories and sections of ...
 
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Most people think that stories are only for children. Or worse, that classic literature is only for high school lit class or college English majors. In this episode, I introduce an award-winning professional storyteller who has changed all that! He and his wife travel the world while entertaining and educating audiences (young and old) with […] ...…
 
Christians come up with strange explanations as to the relationship between the Law of Moses and Pauline grace. Maybe, they argue, only part of the Law is valid—like the Ten Commandments—but the rest is draconian and Jesus came to rescue us from legalism. Others claim, maybe, because of grace, Jesus is saying that we can do whatever we want and ...…
 
We’re bringing you another episode of Poetry Potluck featuring audio from our favorite AAWW poetry events and showcasing exciting poets of the moment. In Poetry Potluck 3, we celebrate Emily Jungmin Yoon’s debut collection of poetry, A Cruelty Special to our Species. As the Poetry editor for The Margins, Emily has cultivated a special home for ...…
 
Karl Marx (1818-1883) turned his early interest in literature and philosophy into a lifelong study of the socioeconomic forces unleashed by the rise of capitalism. His works The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital, among others, influenced the course of the twentieth century like few others. But who was Karl Marx? How did his ideas become so wi ...…
 
Here it is: Chapters 34 - 35 - 36 - 37 - 38 of Anne of Green Gables. This is the end of the novel coming straight to you on CraftLit's 500th episode. Take a minute to soak in the end of the book. The end of 500 episodes. And the start of another book to come: Treasure Island. Stay well out there, crafters, readers, and humans across the globe.…
 
Here it is: Chapters 34 - 35 - 36 - 37 - 38 of Anne of Green Gables. This is the end of the novel coming straight to you on CraftLit's 500th episode. Take a minute to soak in the end of the book. The end of 500 episodes. And the start of another book to come: Treasure Island. Stay well out there, crafters, readers, and humans across the globe.…
 
Fr. Paul explains how the biblical story does not propose a better establishment. (Episode 36)
 
Host Dennis Leap continues to discuss the pertinent facts of George Washington’s life in the context of liberal leftists’ rage against “dead privileged white men.”
 
Greek philosophy has the dialogues of Plato. Chinese philosophy has those of Mencius. As one half of the “Kong-Meng” 孔孟 duo (Confucius and Mencius), Mencius was more responsible than perhaps anyone in history for the spread of a kind of thought that later generations would call Confucianism. In this podcast, we talk about a famous dialogue Menc ...…
 
Benjamin Stevenson chats to Dani Vee about his new crime thriller Greenlight.Debut author Benjamin Stevenson is no stranger to the writing or publishing industry; he also works with high profile writers in his role at prestigious literary agency Curtis Brown. He also has his own stand-up musical comedy show with his twin brother - check out the ...…
 
“Being instructed out of the Law,” are you “confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, a corrector of the foolish, [and] a teacher of the immature, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth?” (Romans 2:18-21) “Are you confident,” Paul asks in Romans, “Are you sure that you ar ...…
 
Propertius (c. 50-1 BCE) took the Latin elegiac form to new heights of complexity and passion, even weaving subtle satire throughout his work.
 
Propertius (c. 50-1 BCE) took the Latin elegiac form to new heights of complexity and passion, even weaving subtle satire throughout his work.
 
Jacke welcomes author Sarah Bird to the program to talk about her background, her writing, and her readerly passion for the fiction of the great twentieth-century novelist, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ (1927-2014) was one of the most revered and influential novelists of the twentieth century. Born in a small town in Colombia, ...…
 
Fr. Paul explains the purpose of the Greek epics and the way in which the biblical story pushes back. (Episode 35)
 
Margaret Chase Smith—first female to serve in both House and Senate—gives anti-McCarthy speech on floor of Senate...with McCarthy in attendance. Her speech is called: The Declaration of Conscience - 1 June 1950
 
Margaret Chase Smith—first female to serve in both House and Senate—gives anti-McCarthy speech on floor of Senate...with McCarthy in attendance. Her speech is called: The Declaration of Conscience - 1 June 1950
 
Host Dennis Leap discusses the pertinent facts and towering moral character of George Washington in the context of liberal lefts' handling Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings.
 
Megan Jacobson, your adult author chats to Dani Vee about The Build-Up Season and the CBCA short-listed novel Yellow.The Build Up Season set in Darwin centres around a family experiencing domestic violence. Our young protagonist experiences domestic violence first hand making it essential reading for young adults. The book packs a punch, and Me ...…
 
In our first episode on location, Vikki Reilly and Kristian Kerr talk to a selection of crime writers at the Bloody Scotland Crime Writing Festival, held in Stirling in Septemeber 2018. Featuring (in order of appearance) Michael Malone, James Oswald (6:00), Charlie McGarry (16:25), Denzil Meyrick & Douglas Skelton (24:45), Graeme Macrae Burnet ...…
 
If an author writes the words, “red lead,” is she directing a person named Red to lead a group of people or is she referring to a lead based substance that is colored red, as in, “red lead?” If she is speaking and we cannot see the spelling of her words, is she informing her audience that she read a book about leadership, or was it an essay abo ...…
 
It's "scary" how much Star Wars literature is coming at you this month! Star Wars Reads Day has turned into a month long celebration, Jay & Chris talk Solo: A Star Wars Story on Blu-ray and the Star Wars Resistance cartoon debuting this weekend along with giving you a rundown of what books, magazines & comics to hunt for all on the October epis ...…
 
In Poetry Potluck 2, we have Vivek Shraya and Fatimah Asghar, who read from their poetry books I’m Afraid of Men and If They Come For Us. In Vivek Shraya’s I’m Afraid of Men, she explores how masculinity was imposed on her as a boy and continues to haunt her as a girl, and contemplates how we might reimagine gender for the twenty-first century. ...…
 
Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was one of the most famous American writers of the twentieth century. His plain, economical prose style--inspired by journalism and the King James Bible, with an assist from the Cezannes he viewed in Gertrude Stein’s apartment--became a hallmark of modernism and changed the course of American literature. In this epi ...…
 
Fr. Paul reviews interconnected terminology, geographic references, and narrative themes in the Bible that point to Scripture as a totality. (Episode 34) This week's episode falls on the occasion of Fr. Paul's 75th birthday. Happy Birthday, Abouna!
 
Host Dennis Leap, in a special one-hour program, discusses Anthony McCarten’s book Darkest Hour and the invaluable lessons we can learn from Winston Churchill’s life.
 
John Purcell chats to Dani Vee about his brilliant new novel The Girl On The Page. We chat about integrity, genius, literature, sex, filthy manuscripts and complex characters that draw you into the novel.Described as 'a smart, sexy, provocative and powerful novel of ambition, betrayal and redemption, The Girl On The Page follows the story of 'h ...…
 
The suffering of others should make us feel ashamed. When we see a neighbor in need, in poor health, overcome by calamity or besieged by violence, their burden is both a call to action and a check on our ego. Honestly, what right have we to complain about anything in the face of our neighbor's misfortune? Regrettably, we routinely appropriate s ...…
 
Voltaire was born Francois Marie Arouet in 1694 in Paris, France, the son of a respectable but not particularly eminent lawyer. By the time he died at the age of 83, he was widely regarded as one of the greatest French writers in history, a distinction he still holds today. Astoundingly prolific, he is best known as the author of Candide - but ...…
 
Our last podcast was on Mao’s Yan’An lectures. If you left that podcast wondering, “Fine, but what’s an example of what Mao considered REALLY bad art?”, then we have a treat for you: Gao Xingjian’s 1981 play “Bus Stop.” A peculiar existential piece very much indebted to Samuel Beckett, it hardly seems the sort of thing that should have brought ...…
 
Fr. Paul provides an overview of the term shamar in the book Genesis. (Episode 33)
 
Host Dennis Leap and Deborah Leap discuss the four miracles at Dunkirk.
 
Alex Miles, author of the Olive Black series and the Zac Power series (under pen name H.I. Larry, chats to Dani Vee about writing for young readers, creativity and celebrity culture. Alex has worked across theatre, television and advertising.We have a fun and lively chat about her latest book The Pyramid Puzzle, young readers, education and eve ...…
 
Titian Hair: E. E. Cummings, 1894 - 1962 Somewhere I have never traveled, gladly beyond (Give a round of applause for Andrew!)
 
Titian Hair: E. E. Cummings, 1894 - 1962 Somewhere I have never traveled, gladly beyond (Give a round of applause for Andrew!)
 
Hunger and thirst are clarifying. When you are desperate for a drink of water, or you have not eaten in days, your biological needs control your actions. In turn, your actions reorder your thoughts, and you acquire clarity of vision—you know what you want, you know it when you see it, you know what you need to do, and you see the world around y ...…
 
Has your superstitious grandma ever told you myths that you haven’t been able to forget? In this episode of AAWW Radio, we have critically acclaimed cartoonist and Last Night’s Reading creator Kate Gavino, who has invited some of her favorite writers to read short stories about Asian grandmas. Kate Gavino’s new graphic novel Sanpaku explores th ...…
 
Fr. Paul explains the terms flock and sheep and the problem individualism poses for our hearing of Scripture. (Episode 32)
 
Host Dennis Leap and Deborah Leap discuss the events leading up to the miracles at Dunkirk.
 
Special guest Carolyn Cohagan, author of the Time Zero trilogy and founder of the creative writing workshop Girls with Pens, joins Jacke for a discussion of her writing process, her origins in standup comedy and theater, and her early love for the fiction of Ray Bradbury (and her special appreciation for his short story "All Summer in a Day"). ...…
 
Nicole Hayes, author and podcaster for The Outer Sanctum chats to Dani Vee about
 
Most people think that stories are only for children. Or worse, that classic literature is only for high school lit class or college English majors. In this episode, I introduce an award-winning professional storyteller who has changed all that! He and his wife travel the world while entertaining and educating audiences (young and old) with […] ...…
 
In this episode Vikki Reilly and Kristian Kerr talk the smash hit novel of 2017-2018, Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. They are joined by novelist Isla Dewar to talk about her new novel, It Takes One to Know One.
 
Welcome to September - we're back with Chapters 31 and 32 of Anne of Green Gables. Listen up for some important announcements and changes coming to CraftLit, including what will happen to Premium Audio now that Heather has entered full job mode. For our East Coast listeners, stay safe, dry, and keep some paperbacks on hand if your power winks o ...…
 
Welcome to September - we're back with Chapters 31 and 32 of Anne of Green Gables. Listen up for some important announcements and changes coming to CraftLit, including what will happen to Premium Audio now that Heather has entered full job mode. For our East Coast listeners, stay safe, dry, and keep some paperbacks on hand if your power winks o ...…
 
When we hear the Beatitudes for the first time, it's tempting to philosophize—about poverty, humility, sadness, etc.—as though the Beatitudes themselves are a bunch of Greek platitudes. But if you've been with our podcast from the early days, you know a couple of things: 1) that Scripture refers to itself, interprets itself, and does not look o ...…
 
At the 1942 Yan’An Forum on Literature in Art, held in the Shaanxi city of Yan’An, Mao Zedong delivered a series of lectures on the role played by the literary arts in shaping, and being shaped by, the “soldier, farmer, and worker.” While not literature per se, they still played a huge role in Party policy on art for decades to come. http://tra ...…
 
Fr. Paul explains the meaning of the name Job. (Episode 31)
 
Host Dennis Leap discusses the events in Britain and Europe that led to Winston Churchill’s “walk with destiny” as prime minister beginning in 1940.
 
Today, Herman Melville (1819-1891) is considered one of the greatest of American writers, and a leading candidate for THE American novelist thanks to his classic work, Moby-Dick. How did this unpromising student become one of the most inventive and observant writers of his time? What obstacles did he face, and what did he do to overcome them? W ...…
 
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