In Their Own Words

Hear the only surviving voice recording of Virginia Woolf.

Hear the only surviving voice recording of Virginia Woolf; listen to J.R.R. Tolkien reading in his invented Elvish language. Sit down with some of the greatest novelists and thinkers of the 20th century: George Orwell, Susan Sontag, Sigmund Freud, Margaret Mead, Jane Goodall, William Golding, and more. Featuring archival footage from BBC interviews, documentaries, and films, this fascinating collection offers insights into their work and their world. 6 episodes, 6 hrs, 2 DVDs; SDH. From Athena.

Disc 1: British Novelists

Episode One:Among the Ruins, 1919–1939

In the first decade after World War I, British novelists examined the lasting effects of the devastating conflict, with the Bloomsbury Group providing a keen critique of the interwar years. At the same time, fiction mirrored the new modern age, from bold science fiction to explicit sensuality and Arthurian legends retold for new generations.

 

Episode Two:The Age of Anxiety, 1945–1969

The decades following World War II included four of the most significant novels in British history published in a single year, each a unique take on what the global conflict taught about human nature and humanity’s future. William Golding (The Lord of the Flies), Kingsley Amis (Lucky Jim), Iris Murdoch (Under the Net), and many others are interviewed.

 

Episode Three:Nothing Sacred, 1970–1990

As the women’s movement picked up steam, so did immigration, sexual freedom, and labor discontent. British writers raced to document their moment in time and challenged established assumptions along the way. Includes commentary from an array of groundbreaking novelists such as Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, and Ian McEwan.

 

Disc 2: Great Thinkers

Episode Four:Human, All Too Human

What truly defines humanity? As the 20th century unfolded, a wide range of theories evolved, from Sigmund Freud’s insights into the unconscious to Margaret Mead’s revelations about how society influences the adolescent experience. Commentaries from scientists clarify modern-day research.

 

Episode Five:The Grand Experiment

It was a moment of triumph for advocates of John Maynard Keynes’s economic theory: the post-World War II “Grand Experiment” of investing as much on combating poverty as society had on fighting the war. Includes interviews with Marxist Tarik Ali and historian/philosopher Isaiah Berlin.

 

Episode Six:The Culture Wars

The concept of culture—ballet, theatre, fine art, classic literature—was radically redefined in the 20th century, all due to the advent of radio and television. At the same time that ordinary people had their first taste of the finest that culture had to offer, academics and others presented a vast array of experiences as art.

“Enthralling, magnificent…literary and TV gold” — The Observer(UK)

 

“Amazing archive footage” — The Guardian(UK)

 

“Riveting” — The Times(UK)

 

“Unmissable” — The Mail on Sunday(UK)

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Disc 1: British Novelists

Episode One:Among the Ruins, 1919–1939

In the first decade after World War I, British novelists examined the lasting effects of the devastating conflict, with the Bloomsbury Group providing a keen critique of the interwar years. At the same time, fiction mirrored the new modern age, from bold science fiction to explicit sensuality and Arthurian legends retold for new generations.

 

Episode Two:The Age of Anxiety, 1945–1969

The decades following World War II included four of the most significant novels in British history published in a single year, each a unique take on what the global conflict taught about human nature and humanity’s future. William Golding (The Lord of the Flies), Kingsley Amis (Lucky Jim), Iris Murdoch (Under the Net), and many others are interviewed.

 

Episode Three:Nothing Sacred, 1970–1990

As the women’s movement picked up steam, so did immigration, sexual freedom, and labor discontent. British writers raced to document their moment in time and challenged established assumptions along the way. Includes commentary from an array of groundbreaking novelists such as Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, and Ian McEwan.

 

Disc 2: Great Thinkers

Episode Four:Human, All Too Human

What truly defines humanity? As the 20th century unfolded, a wide range of theories evolved, from Sigmund Freud’s insights into the unconscious to Margaret Mead’s revelations about how society influences the adolescent experience. Commentaries from scientists clarify modern-day research.

 

Episode Five:The Grand Experiment

It was a moment of triumph for advocates of John Maynard Keynes’s economic theory: the post-World War II “Grand Experiment” of investing as much on combating poverty as society had on fighting the war. Includes interviews with Marxist Tarik Ali and historian/philosopher Isaiah Berlin.

 

Episode Six:The Culture Wars

The concept of culture—ballet, theatre, fine art, classic literature—was radically redefined in the 20th century, all due to the advent of radio and television. At the same time that ordinary people had their first taste of the finest that culture had to offer, academics and others presented a vast array of experiences as art.

?16-page viewer's guide with articles on the Bloomsbury Group, visionary ideas in retrospect, perspectives on seminal novels, writers on writers, the history of the BBC, profiles of the interviewers, and a timeline ?Brief biographies of people featured in the program ?Plus discussion questions and additional biographies at athenalearning.com
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 351 minutes
Format: Widescreen
Number of discs: 2
Language: English
Subtitles: No
Color or B&W: Color and Black & White
CC: No
SDH: Yes
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Rating: NR

“Enthralling, magnificent…literary and TV gold” —The Observer(UK)

 

“Amazing archive footage” —The Guardian(UK)

 

“Riveting” —The Times(UK)

 

“Unmissable” —The Mail on Sunday(UK)

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

5 Stars

from CA on 7/31/2013 4:15:00 PM wrote:

LOVE IT

In Their Own Words

3 Stars

from CA on 7/19/2013 2:17:00 PM wrote:

I expected it to cover more material. That being said what was there was very interesting.