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Join medieval-literature expert Christopher R. Fee, PhD, to examine the foremost mystics from the Middle Ages through the lens of their greatest challenge: expression. In the medieval period, how did religious women and men put into words their intense—and intensely personal—devotional practices, visions, and experiences? And how did those efforts to articulate mystical experiences comport with ch…

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Why do historical myths endure? In this provocative audio course, you’ll travel through time with history and medieval-literature experts to learn why the truth about past events is so elusive. Your journey will be helmed by two award-winning scholars: acclaimed literature and mythology professor Christopher Fee and historian Jeffrey Webb. In engaging discussions, Professors Fee and Webb explore w…

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Plague has terrified and fascinated humanity for all of recorded history. Now, in the current moment of COVID-19, people around the globe are again struggling to learn how to navigate life during a pandemic. As in times of uncertainty throughout history, we seek the insights of the great minds who have lived through and reflected on similar historical times. Your guide for this fascinating 12-lect…

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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? Named one of America’s best professors by the Princeton Review, Christopher R. Fee transports you through space and time in search of answers to that question. In this insightful course, you will trace Arthur’s path across Britain. You’ll visit such iconi…

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In liberal-arts fashion, this series of twenty-four lectures mixes the study of technical subjects (like phonetics, linguistics, and historical grammar) with cultural and historic topics, such as the impact of the Norman Invasion on Old English, the advent of the printing press, the place of Ebonics in the modern public-school curriculum, how English became a world language, and how close the Viki…

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Frequently depicted as “Scandinavian scavengers,” warlike pirates, raiders, and invaders, the Vikings have lately surfaced from the depths of history to become pop culture’s most adored ruffians. For Prof. Fee, this recent craze for all-things Viking is a mixed blessing. The spike in popular fascination often occasions a need to separate the wheat from the chaff: fact from fiction, history from my…

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American folklore is as vibrant and diverse as Americans themselves. Some tales offer embellished accounts of real historical figures, and in others, figures are invented to serve a cultural or commercial purpose. Often didactic and always fantastic, these tales, in one way or another, help us make sense of the world. Join Christopher Fee, the co-editor of An Encyclopedia of American Myth, Legend,…

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