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Rules, Rule-Breaking, and French Neoclassicism: Crash Course Theater #20

Rules, Rule-Breaking, and French Neoclassicism: Crash Course Theater #20

Everyone knows, you need a bunch of rules to make good theater. That’s what the French thought in the 17th century, anyway. The French Neoclassical revival had a BUNCH of French playwrights following a bunch of rules. Unsurprisingly, some of the most interesting plays of the era broke those rules. Today, we’ll talk about the rules, and we’ll talk about Racine (who followed them), and Corneille (who was not so… Read Article →

Expressionist Theater: Crash Course Theater #38

Expressionist Theater: Crash Course Theater #38

Join us here, in the darkness. Our theater journey takes us into the heart of expressionism today, as playwrights in the late 19th and early 20th centuries explored the limits of human beings’ tolerance for a mechanized, industrial world. Spoiler alert: those playwrights didn’t think humans fared very well in the industrialized world. They EXPRESSED that concern about modernity through some pretty dark plays, with pretty dark sets, and pretty… Read Article →

Ghosts, Murder, and More Murder - Hamlet Part I: Crash Course Literature 203

Ghosts, Murder, and More Murder – Hamlet Part I: Crash Course Literature 203

You can directly support Crash Course at Subscribe for as little as $0 to keep up with everything we’re doing. Free is nice, but if you can afford to pay a little every month, it really helps us to continue producing this content. In which John Green teaches you about Hamlet, William Shakespeare’s longest and most-performed play. People love Hamlet. The play that is, not necessarily the character. Hamlet is… Read Article →

German Expressionism: Crash Course Film History #7

German Expressionism: Crash Course Film History #7

We’ve spent a lot of time focusing on France and the U.S. as that’s where a significant amount of both infrastructure and business models were initially set up for film. But there were other countries adding their own stories to the annals of film history. In this episode of Crash Course Film History, we’re going to focus on Germany and how they got a bit expressive with film. Produced in… Read Article →

Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Crash Course Literature 215

Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Crash Course Literature 215

You can directly support Crash Course at Subscribe for as little as $0 to keep up with everything we’re doing. Free is nice, but if you can afford to pay a little every month, it really helps us to continue producing this content. In which John Green teaches you about the poetry of Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes was a poet and playwright in the first half of the 20th century,… Read Article →

The Civil War, Part I: Crash Course US History #20

The Civil War, Part I: Crash Course US History #20

In which John Green ACTUALLY teaches about the Civil War. In part one of our two part look at the US Civil War, John looks into the causes of the war, and the motivations of the individuals who went to war. The overarching causes and the individual motivations were not always the same, you see. John also looks into why the North won, and whether that outcome was inevitable. The… Read Article →

100 Years of Solitude Part 1: Crash Course Literature 306

100 Years of Solitude Part 1: Crash Course Literature 306

Our first of two episodes about Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel, 100 Years of Solitude. This week, we’re looking at the Buendia family, and their many generations of people with the same names. We’ll also look at the fascinating way the author thinks about time, and how time is represented in the book. Later, we’ll get into the genre that Garcia Marquez worked in, which is called magical realism. Years later,… Read Article →

The Handmaids Tale Part 1: Crash Course Literature #403

The Handmaids Tale Part 1: Crash Course Literature #403

In which John Green teaches you about Margaret Atwood’s speculative fiction novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. John looks at some of the themes in this classic dystopian novel, many of which are kind of a downer. The world of Gilead that Atwood created looks at a lot of the issues that we deal with today, and the very human impulse to return to an imagined golden era, thereby solving all of… Read Article →

Thespis, Athens, and The Origins of Greek Drama: Crash Course Theater #2

Thespis, Athens, and The Origins of Greek Drama: Crash Course Theater #2

This week on Crash Course Theater, Mike is acting like theater started in Greece. Well, for the western theater, this is true. The earliest recorded drama in the west arose in Athen, and these early plays grew out or religious ritual. Namely, they evolved from the worship of Dionysus, god of wine, fertility, and RITUAL MADNESS. That’s right. I said RITUAL MADNESS Crash Course is on Patreon! You can support… Read Article →

Personal Identity: Crash Course Philosophy #19

Personal Identity: Crash Course Philosophy #19

Today Hank is building on last week’s exploration of identity to focus on personal identity. Does it in reside in your body? Is it in the collective memories of your consciousness? There are, of course, strengths and weaknesses to both of these ideas, and that’s what we’re talking about today. Get your own Crash Course Philosophy mug from DFTBA: The Latest from PBS Digital Studios: — All other images and… Read Article →

Broadway, Seriously: Crash Course Theater #46

Broadway, Seriously: Crash Course Theater #46

We’re going to Broadway, everybody, and it’s not going to be that fun. In fact, it’s going to be a very serious experience with lots of powerful social commentary and indictments of life in America in the 1950s. So be prepared to look at the works of Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, and Lorraine Hansberry, and to look into the face of chronic illness, racism, and the crushing malaise of American… Read Article →

Karl Marx & Conflict Theory: Crash Course Sociology #6

Karl Marx & Conflict Theory: Crash Course Sociology #6

Today we’ll continue to explore sociology’s founding theorists with a look at Karl Marx and his idea of historical materialism. We’ll discuss modes of production, their development, and how they fit into Marx’s overall theory of historical development, along with class struggle and revolution. We’ll also discuss how Marx’s ideas gave rise to Gramsci’s idea of hegemony, and to conflict theories more generally. Crash Course is made with Adobe Creative… Read Article →

Why So Angry, German Theater? Crash Course Theater #27

Why So Angry, German Theater? Crash Course Theater #27

Theater had a slow start in Germany, mainly because Germany wasn’t really a thing until *relatively* recent times. After Germany finally became a unified state, it had a couple of really important theatrical movements. Today we’ll talk about Sturm and Drang, as well as Weimar Classicism. We’ll also get into the work of the greatest German playwright, Goethe, and look at his play Faust in the Thought Bubble. Crash Course… Read Article →

Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances: Crash Course Government and Politics #3

Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances: Crash Course Government and Politics #3

In which Craig Benzine teaches you about the US Governments Separation of powers and the system of checks and balances. In theory, the Legislative Branch, the Executive Branch, and the Judicial Brach are designed to keep each other in check, and to keep any branch from becoming too powerful. In reality, the system was designed to keep the president from becoming some kind of autocrat. For the most part, it… Read Article →

The Problem of Evil: Crash Course Philosophy #13

The Problem of Evil: Crash Course Philosophy #13

After weeks of exploring the existence of nature of god, today Hank explores one of the biggest problems in theism, and possibly the biggest philosophical question humanity faces: why is there evil? — Images and video via VideoBlocks or Wikimedia Commons, licensed under Creative Commons by 4.0: — Produced in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios: Crash Course Philosophy is sponsored by Squarespace. — Want to find Crash Course elsewhere on… Read Article →

Existentialism: Crash Course Philosophy #16

Existentialism: Crash Course Philosophy #16

Now that we’ve left behind the philosophy of religion, it’s time to start exploring what other ways might exist to find meaning in the world. Today we explore essentialism and its response: existentialism. We’ll also learn about Jean-Paul Sartre and his ideas about how to find meaning in a meaningless world. Get your own Crash Course Philosophy mug from DFTBA: The Latest from PBS Digital Studios: — Taylor Swift drawing… Read Article →

The Northern Renaissance: Crash Course European History #3

The Northern Renaissance: Crash Course European History #3

The European Renaissance may have started in Florence, but it pretty quickly moved out of Italy and spread the art, architecture, literature, and humanism across Europe to places like France, Spain, England, and the Low Countries. SOURCES: Hunt, Lynn et al. The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures, 6th ed. Boston: Bedford St. Martins, 2019. Jardine, Lisa. Erasmus, Man of Letters. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993. Donald R. Kelley,… Read Article →

Determinism vs Free Will: Crash Course Philosophy #24

Determinism vs Free Will: Crash Course Philosophy #24

Do we really have free will? Today Hank explores possible answers to that question, explaining theories like libertarian free will and it’s counterpoint, hard determinism. Get your own Crash Course Philosophy mug from DFTBA: The Latest from PBS Digital Studios: — Images via ThinkStock Produced in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios: Crash Course Philosophy is sponsored by Squarespace. — Want to find Crash Course elsewhere on the internet? Facebook –… Read Article →