Yale University provides incredible online access to a number of introductory courses through the Yale Open Courses program. The goal of the program is to “expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.” Course are free and offer virtual students a full set of class lectures and any other relevant materials. The course offerings are varied and cover a number of disciplines. I, as I suspect many readers of this blog would be, was particulariy interested in the English courses, which include Introduction to Theory of Literature, Milton, Modern Poetry, and The American Novel Since 1945.
A class that caught my particular attention was Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitgerald, taught by Professor Wai Chee Dimock. The course examines major works by the three authors, “exploring their interconnections on three analytic scales: the macro history of the United States and the world; the formal and stylistic innovations of modernism; and the small details of sensory input and psychic life.” I’ve included the course introduction after the jump.
Kudos to Yale for offering this wonderful open learning experience to all!