Friday, April 11, 2014

Reader, it’s Jane Eyre - Crash Course Literature 207

In which John Green teaches you about Charlotte Brontë’s classic coming of age novel, Jane Eyre. Look, we don’t like to make judgement values here, but Jane Eyre is awesome. By which we mean the book is great, and the character is amazing. When Jane Eyre was published in 1847, it was a huge hit. It really hit the controversial balance beautifully, being edgy enough to make news, but still mainstream enough to be widely popular. It was sort of like the Fight Club of it’s day, but not quite as testosterone-fueled. You’ll learn a little about the story, learn about Jane as a feminist heroine, and even get some critical analysis on how Bertha might just be a dark mirror that acts out Jane’s emotional reactions.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Frankenstein Part II: Crash Course Literature 206

In which John Green continues to teach you about Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. You’ll learn about romantic vs Romantic, the latter of which is a literary movement. John will also look at a few different critical readings of Frankenstein, and you’ll learn about Victor’s motivations. We’ll also look a little bit at the moral limitations of science, if there are any.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
pausedvlogbrothers:

I love when Hank and John make cameos in each others CrashCourse episodes. I think baby John must be dreaming about duck hunting in this one. :)

pausedvlogbrothers:

I love when Hank and John make cameos in each others CrashCourse episodes. I think baby John must be dreaming about duck hunting in this one. :)

Monday, March 31, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014

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Don’t Reanimate Corpses! Frankenstein Part 1: Crash Course Literature 205

In which John Green teaches you about Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein. Sure, you know Frankenstein the cultural phenomenon, but how much do you know about the novel that started it all? You’ll learn about the Romantic movement in English lit, of which Frankenstein is a GREAT example, and you’ll learn that Frankenstein might just be the first SciFi novel. Once again, literature comes down to just what it means to be human. John will review the plot, and take you through a couple of different critical readings of the novel, and will discuss the final disposition of Percy Shelley’s heart.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
…it’s economics, and religion, and psychology, and anthropology, and astronomy, and physics and ecology and literature. That’s the great thing about history, you can’t put the past into little boxes that you study for fifty minutes a day until the bell rings. You can’t separate what happened from what people wanted and believed and valued. John Green (via dreamasif)
Monday, March 24, 2014
avoidingtheinevitable:

Important to take #crashcourse writing breaks. #hamlet #greatDane #feelslikehighschoolonlybetter (at Mishka’s Cafe)

avoidingtheinevitable:

Important to take #crashcourse writing breaks. #hamlet #greatDane #feelslikehighschoolonlybetter (at Mishka’s Cafe)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Ophelia’s in a pretty tight spot too (X)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ophelia, Gertrude, and Regicide - Hamlet II: Crash Course Literature 204

In which John Green teaches you MORE about Bill Shakespeare’s Hamlet. John talks about gender roles in Hamlet, and what kind of power and agency Ophelia and Gertrude had, if they had any at all (spoiler alert: we think they did). You’ll also learn about regicide, Ophelia’s flowers, and Hamlet’s potential motivations. Also, Oedipus comes up again, but we don’t buy it.