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  1. Great Medieval Mystics

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    In 18 audio lectures, medieval literature expert Christopher R. Fee, Ph.D., invites you to examine the foremost mystics from the Middle Ages through the lens of their greatest challenge: expression. You’ll rejoice in this fresh approach to the mystical tradition, grounded in history and letters but elevated by the mystery of the soul. A natural and energetic speaker, Prof. Fee sets every aspect of his subject ablaze. You’ll find his enthusiasm infectious.

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  2. Thomas Merton on Franz Kafka
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    Originally recorded in 1967 and newly remastered to enhance your listening experience,this audio set collects four talks on Franz Kafka that Thomas Merton delivered during the month of June. A hugely influential writer from the 20th century, Kafka (1883–1924) was a German-speaking Jew born in Prague. Now, you have the rare opportunity to hear Merton—the English professor-turned-monk and a literary genius in his own right—discuss the novel The Castle as a metaphor for the monastic life.

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  3. In Search of English: The History of Our Mother Tongue

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    This series invites you to explore your heritage from an unconventional angle: through the origin and development of the English language. Leading your expedition is Christopher R. Fee, an award-winning professor and medievalist whose expertise spans Old English, Old Norse, and historical linguistics. In 24 lively lectures, you will survey the many iterations of English: from its earliest beginnings through the Old English of the Anglo-Saxons, the Early Modern English of Shakespeare, and the many dialects spoken today across the globe. Learn More
  4. From the Round Table to the Holy Grail: A Journey with King Arthur

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    What is it about King Arthur that still holds our attention 1,500 years after he first materialized from the murky depths of history and legend?

    Celebrated medievalist Christopher R. Fee, Ph.D.—named one of America’s best professors—will transport you through space and time in search of answers. As you trace Arthur’s path across Britain, you will seek evidence of his existence in both literary and literal landscapes: from ancient manuscripts to modern day archaeological excavations.

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  5. Thomas Merton on Literature: John Milton, T. S. Eliot, and Edwin Muir

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    How can poetry help us understand the world, both past and present?

    Thomas Merton’s life and works are the stuff of legend. His dual identity as a monk and literati make him the premier guide to poetic expression. By tying together an array of writers—from a budding rock star to an epic English poet who helped Merton through his dark night of the soul—you will journey to the heart of the poetic imagination.

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  6. The History of the Vikings: From the Baltic to Byzantium

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    “Scandinavian scavengers,” warlike pirates, raiders, and invaders—the Vikings have lately surfaced from the depths of maritime history to become some of mainstream America’s most adored ruffians.

    For medievalist Christopher R. Fee, Ph.D., the recent craze for all-things Viking is a mixed blessing. The spike in popular fascination often occasions the need to separate the wheat from the chaff: fact from fiction, history from myth, literature from legend.

    This series endeavors to right the ship by offering you a scholarly and thorough-going overview of Viking history, geography, literature, religion, and culture.

     

     

     

     

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  7. Christology, Cosmology, and C.S. Lewis

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    Peek into the mesmerizing imagination of C.S. Lewis. Few understand the full cosmological and theological depths of The Chronicles of Narnia. In Christology, Cosmology, and C.S. Lewis, you will discover new dimensions that will enrich your enjoyment of these classic tales. Your presenter is bestselling author Dr. Michael Ward, whom The Times called “the foremost living Lewis scholar.” As you look at Lewis’s works with fresh eyes, you will find their Christian wisdom and brilliant storytelling more intriguing than ever before.

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  8. Homer’s Odyssey
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    Fr. Gregory I. Carlson, S.J., D.Phil. Learn More
  9. St. Augustine’s Confessions: The Arc of Conversion
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    As Augustine famously writes in his Confessions, “the heart within us is restless until it rests in you.” These lectures will lead you into the restless heart of which Augustine speaks, one that is startled by grace and desiring of peace. Discover his spiritual masterpiece anew in this course. You will come to see how the Confessions is both his most personal and universal work—one that has had incalculable influence in the history of Christianity and Western philosophy. Learn More
  10. From Augustine to Chesterton and Beyond: Great Spiritual Autobiographies
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    The spiritual life is a profoundly personal matter, and thus spiritual autobiographies reveal the soul itself and our struggles as we ache into holiness. Under the guidance of celebrated literary scholar Dr. Michael W. Higgins, you will explore 14 inspiring writers whose autobiographical works capture their spiritual yearnings and encounters with the transcendent. As you do so, you will find new intimacy with each writer, fresh perspectives, and horizons for discovery. Learn More
  11. Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain, and the Rest of the Story
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    Journey through the life and literary genius of Thomas Merton. While it remains his most famous work, The Seven Storey Mountain is only the tip of the iceberg in Merton’s rich, multi-layered oeuvre. In this audio or video course, you will join acclaimed Merton biographer Dr. Michael W. Higgins in exploring Merton’s compelling autobiographical literature. As you examine his journals, letters, and poetry, you will encounter a brilliant portrait of the premier Catholic spiritual figure of the twentieth century. Learn More
  12. Exploring The Interior Castle: The Mystical Wisdom of St. Teresa of Avila
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    Walk with Teresa of Avila through her most profound mystical collection: The Interior Castle. In this classic of Christian literature, St. Teresa will bring you on a journey on a path towards the ineffable divinity of God. Inspired by a vision she received from God, The Interior Castle illustrates the soul as a castle, with each of its dwelling places bringing you closer to God. Under the guidance of Carmelite spirituality expert Dr. Egan, you will share in Teresa’s timeless mystical wisdom today. Learn More
  13. Gerard Manley Hopkins: Magician of Words, Sounds, Images, and Insights
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    In this course, you will come to cherish the timeless poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Hopkins is undoubtedly one of the greatest poets in the English language. A Jesuit priest, he also explored religious themes in his works. In this 15-lecture audio or video course, you will join Hopkins expert Fr. Joseph J. Feeney, S.J., in studying his poetry. In exploring Gerard Manley Hopkins—the person, the priest, and the poet—you will come to see the grandeur of God fully alive. Learn More
  14. Thomas Merton on William Faulkner

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    William Faulkner ranks among the greatest American writers. Now, you can discover his literary and spiritual genius with Thomas Merton as your private tutor.

    In this series, Merton—a gifted author in his own right—furnishes you with his take on Faulkner. Merton argues that Faulkner’s writing tends to be more mythological than sociological; by invoking classical ideals of honor, pity, pride, love, and sacrifice, Faulkner’s writing moves beyond regionalism into the realm of the ancient epic.

    Hear one great literary mind on another.

     

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  15. Fables and Faith: Understanding the Gospel with Aesop’s Fables
  16. Thomas Merton on Poetry
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    Take Thomas Merton as your personal poetry professor. In this captivating set (which includes an afterword by Merton biographer and literature professor, Michael W. Higgins), Merton explores how poetry illuminates such topics as love, suffering, spirituality, and nature. Under his guidance, you will look at poets like William Blake, Gerard Manley Hopkins, W. H. Auden, Charles Peguy, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. These lectures transport you into Thomas Merton’s classroom. Let the words of Thomas Merton enlighten you today.

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  17. “All the Living and the Dead”: The Literature of James Joyce
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    This set contains remastered talks by Thomas Merton on literature and the spiritual background of one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century: James Joyce. Before becoming a Trappist monk, Merton studied English at Columbia, and in the monastery, he continued to study literature, particularly its relationship to religion. Centered on the short story collection Dubliners, this course is ideal both as introduction to Joyce and as an exciting work of scholarship by one great author on another.

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  18. “God Speaks to Each of Us”: The Poetry and Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke
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    Before entering the monastery, Thomas Merton studied English at Columbia University and taught literature at St. Bonaventure University. His passion for literature never faded, and these remastered talks give you the rare opportunity to listen to his conferences on literature. Delivered to the community at the Abbey of Gethsemani in 1965 and 1966, Merton’s talks examine one of his favorite poets: Rainer Maria Rilke, arguably the greatest poet from turn-of-the century Europe.

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  19. C. S. Lewis: Encountering God through Fiction
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    Prof. M. Katherine Tillman, Ph.D. Learn More
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    Sr. Mary Clemente Davlin, O.P., Ph.D. Learn More

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