The Fiction of Relationship

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What is the nature of our relationship to others and the world? How can literature help us see these relationships more clearly? This course seeks to explore such questions through adventurous readings of ten great works of narrative fiction from the 18th to the 20th century.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 3 months ago
Prof. Weinstein teaches his master class which is a real treat. It was a genuine pleasure to read a range of great literature and to hear it thoroughly explored in the online lectures. I found it very valuable and thought provoking. Given the quantity of reading, this means the student needs to make a serious commitment. Depending on the length of the text in a given week (some are much longer), it can be challenging to read a the longer books before listening to the lectures and to complete the necessary writing and/or evaluation to keep up with the program.
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1 year, 5 months ago
Although. I completed the course, I did not pass it. The material was very detailed and broad in scope at the same time. I had some medical issues that hurt me when writing the essays because it was difficult for me to concentrate. Hopefully, this course will be offered again.
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10/10 starsDropped
1 year, 7 months ago
I enjoyed this course very much. It was quite unfortunate that I wasn't able to finish the course. I hope a new session is starting! P.S. Just in case any of you saved any lectures, my email: Csoadmesa@gmail.com I shall be very thankful if you could email them to me.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 9 months ago
Prof. Weinstein is magnificent. The course was immensely stimulating, full of interesting students with a terrific Coursera interface. It stretched my ability to write, think and prodded me to read wonderful literature. Thank you!
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8/10 starsCompleted
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2 years, 2 months ago
The course is outstandig. The professor is old-fashioned The books' selection is quite interesting. It lests you to wide your local sight on literature. I come from Hispanic Culture. I discovered Faulkner, Borges, an Islandic Literature and so on.
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4 years, 6 months ago
Arnold Weinstein is a highly gifted professor and a very engaging lecturer. The course moves quickly, so be prepared to read aggressively, but the fast pace does not detract from the quality of the experience. Looking forward to another offering from Professor Weinstein!
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 1 month ago
Highly recommended! This was a Signature Class with a gifted professor, and a grand tour of relationship literature. Professor Arnold Weinstein has taught this class literally to generations of Brown students and it's great to have a chance to take this class in the MOOC setting. We typically read several hundred pages each week, so it helps to be a fast reader and writer. Here's the schedule. Abbé Prévost, Manon Lescaut (1731) Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (1847)) Herman Melville, Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street and Benito Cereno (1855) Franz Kafka, "The Metamorphosis” (1915) and "A Country Doctor” (1919). Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (1927). William Faulkner, Light in August (1932). Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones (1956). Tarjei Vesaas, The Ice Palace (1967). Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987). J. M. Coetzee, Disgrace (1999). Through this, I was exposed to some amazing authors that I was not familiar with (Vesaas, Coetze... Highly recommended! This was a Signature Class with a gifted professor, and a grand tour of relationship literature. Professor Arnold Weinstein has taught this class literally to generations of Brown students and it's great to have a chance to take this class in the MOOC setting. We typically read several hundred pages each week, so it helps to be a fast reader and writer. Here's the schedule. Abbé Prévost, Manon Lescaut (1731) Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre (1847)) Herman Melville, Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street and Benito Cereno (1855) Franz Kafka, "The Metamorphosis” (1915) and "A Country Doctor” (1919). Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (1927). William Faulkner, Light in August (1932). Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones (1956). Tarjei Vesaas, The Ice Palace (1967). Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987). J. M. Coetzee, Disgrace (1999). Through this, I was exposed to some amazing authors that I was not familiar with (Vesaas, Coetzee, Melville). We wrote 7 essays, including creative and analytical. A disappointment after putting in the work was the flawed grading algorithm at the end which the team was unable to correct with Coursera. Another opportunity is for more online study groups to form in the discussion boards.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years ago
One of the best courses I've ever had. Mind blowing, interactive, thoughtful. Made to challenge everything you think you know about literature and its impact on our lives. A Must.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
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5 years, 4 months ago
Be prepared to read a lot. Get the Kindle App on your phone and use it. You'll be surprised how much you can read in the "down time" in between things. I read one of the books while taking my daily walk. I just finished the last book for the course that ends in August with a busy life, so it can definitely be done. The instructor is inspired and inspiring. The reading selections are wonderful. The class has helped me to reawaken my love for literature. The writing is not hard. A lot of people take this class as "audit" but doing all of the readings and writings, on time, is the kind of immersion you need to rotate around this topic.
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5 years, 3 months ago
If you love literature, you will love this course! If you are not familiar with literature, this course will enable you to fall in love with it. Professor Weinstein offers his perspective but allows students to form their own impressions and make their own analysis. Highly recommend to anyone who would like to grow as a human being, which literature enables one to do.
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5 years, 3 months ago
Absolutely super course--very different from my experience as a UK student of literature. Thoughtful, stimulating and humane lectures, across a well-chosen wide-ranging group of texts. If Prof Weinstein offers any further courses on Coursera, I'll be signing up for them (and, as with this course, recommending them to everyone and anyone I think might be interested). Thank you so much for the pleasure I've had from this course.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
5 years, 6 months ago
I studied literature in college, and this professor is outstanding. His love of the literature and his great depth of knowledge combine to provide a wonderful learning experience. I've taken a number of Coursera classes, and this is one of the best.
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