Saturday, February 20, 2010

english 201

So I finished my astronomy survey class, UC Berkeley’s Astronomy C10: Introduction to General Astronomy by Alex Filippenko. It was pretty awesome. So I'm looking for something new, and I go back to iTunes U, where I found the course. I'm browsing around and I run into the literature category. Well here I am in the midst of Moby-Dick, stopping only to read Cyrano de Bergerac, right? Me thinks I'll have a go at English 201: Survey of English Literature, [will open iTunes link] from Dr. Catherine Carsley, at Montgomery County Community College.

There is one on-line lecture for each of the 17 weeks of the class, and Dr. Carsley notes that her 'face-to-face' class also discusses some of the same material, and I assume they meet more than once per week. So I listened to the first two lectures; the first was Intro to Old English, which was pretty cool, and the second was about Beowolf. So now I'm hooked. And, I've added Beowolf to my reading list. The sound quality was kind of crappy on the first one, but was fine on the second.

If you haven't taken advantage of iTunes U, you should check it out. I've got the time to listen to these because I spend a fair amount of time on the road. I don't think I could find the time at home, even if I could get near a computer. Did I mention that iTunes U is free?


  1. Does She Have A College Email Address, Does Anyone Know? Her Lectures Are Amazing For My A2 English Revision On Chaucer's Wife Of Bath. Wondered If She Had Any More Information On It.

  2. Aquari'elle, Sorry I didn't see your comment earlier. I don't have an email address for Dr. Carsley. I took a look on the website, but I didn't see one.


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