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Brandeis professor launches free literary podcast interviews for download

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  October 3, 2012 02:03 PM

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A Brandeis University professor has successfully mixed 19th-century literature with technology.

David Sherman, an English professor at Brandeis, has started interviewing local literature experts and scholars, recording these dialogues as podcasts and making them available for free on iTunes, according to the school.

The podcasts are arranged in a series called Literature Lab, available on the Brandeis website. The series is sponsored by the Theodore and Jane Norman Fund at Brandeis University.

Sherman's podcasts usually focus around one-on-one interviews with literary scholars from Harvard University, Wellesley College, Boston University, UMass-Dartmouth, and Boston College.

The interviews range from themes like "The Gothic Novel" to "Virtual Reality in 9/11 Fiction" to "Oprah, the Victorian Novel, and You."

Sherman told Brandeis officials that the interviews about literary studies help make reading a novel or poem much richer.

“To spend time thinking critically about what literature does and what it means, is part of the pleasure of reading it," he told the school.

Sherman said he was enticed to start his own project after listening to Philosophy Bites, a podcast series of philosophy scholars discussing particular topics and concepts.

“They’ve done a great job in showing how academic work in philosophy matters to everyday life - how it can be of interest to anybody outside of academia,” Sherman told the school. “I wanted to do the same thing with literary studies.”

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