Reading by Lamplight - James Abbot McNeill Whistler
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."
Thus begins what is undeniably one of the most influential works ever written. It is hard to understand why the world is as it is today, no matter where you are in it, without understanding the Bible and the impact it has had on modern society. It is not singular in that however. In the coming weeks and months, this program will guide you through a selection of great works of literature that have all been rewarded with the only prize that matters: immortality. From the seas of ancient Greece to the hidden jungles of South America, this journey will take you through triumph and tragedy and reveal a new context for the world you live in.
On this site, you can find resources that will help you along, including electronic copies of the books if you don't have access. Additionally, you will listen to a regularly updated series of podcasts on each work that will flesh out the various points of analysis available and assign a number of small tasks that relate to the themes and motifs of the book in question.
The first work that you will be reading is Oedipus the King, a tragic play written by the great Greek playwright Sophocles. A link to the Gutenberg text has already been published and can be found to the left, under the 'Currently Reading' section of this site, you can also download an epub version of the work if you want to read it on your tablet or e-reader of choice. The audio lecture for this work will be posted shortly as well, so be on the look out for that in the posts below. To the right lies important course material, including information about the program sponsors (under About), information about the program itself (under Course Outline), some frequently asked questions (under FAQ), as well as the most current list of books we will be navigating.
We hope that by the end of this course, you will have grown as both a student and a human being. Until then, happy reading.
"And God saw that it was good."