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Massachusetts Council for the Humanities

Overview
Works: 35 works in 70 publications in 1 language and 419 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Drama  Biography 
Classifications: PA4413.O7, 882
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Most widely held works by Massachusetts Council for the Humanities
The Theater, one of the humanities ( Visual )
4 editions published in 1959 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Clifton Fadiman discusses the components of the theater: the play, narration, acting, and dramatic conventions as demonstrated in the performance of scenes from Life with father and Henry IV, part 1 by members of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival Foundation of Canada
Oedipus Rex ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1970 and 2010 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beginning with an opening scene from Oedipus Rex, Lesson 1 provides an historical perspective on the Greeks and their experiences with democracy. Lesson 2 describes and analyzes Oedipus' character and actions in view of Aristotle's theory of the "fatal flaw" in all tragic characters. In Lesson 3 Oedipus is beaten by the gods. The play asserts that man, no matter how great his ability, is subordinate to God. In Lesson 4 man is seen as standing between God and beast, always searching for his rightful place. Knowledge of life through the painful search for truth is revealed in this final lesson of the series
The Character of Oedipus ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1963 and 1970 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The second of four lectures on Oedipus the King by Sophocles. Through the revelation of the character of Oedipus, Bernard Knox is able to present the play as a kind of detective story that deals with the old religion of Greece and the new ideas that were challenging it. Selected scenes show the actions and motivations of Oedipus
The Humanities, what they are and what they do ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1959 and 2010 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Summary: In this introductory lesson, the humanities are defined as the ways in which man records his ideas, feelings and his search for truth. They deal with matters that never go out of style. The humanities raise questions, then do not answer them, but challenge us to draw our own conclusions. The ways in which man records his ideas and feelings are evident in literature, drama, music, painting and sculpture, architecture, and dancing. Lesson 1
The Recovery of Oedipus ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1959 and 2010 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The final lesson on Oedipus the King, by Sophocles. Bernard Knox shows the change that comes over the hero after he learns the truth about the prophecy of Apollo which he has fulfilled. Knox explains, by using two selected scences, that Oedipus has gained true knowledge of life through his painful search for truth
Man and God ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1970 and 1979 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The third of four lessons on Oedipus the King, by Sophocles. Knox stresses the importance of prophecy and the search for truth in fifth century Greece, and shows the relationship between fate and the Gods in the minds of the Greeks. Using key scenes from the play, Knox explains Oedipus' rejection of prophecy
Our Town and our universe ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Clifton Fadiman discusses the play Our town, by Thornton Wilder. He summarizes the story of the play, illustrates its unique staging by means of a model theater, explains the functions of each of the play's characters and the stage manager, and discusses the theme of the play
Our Town and ourselves ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Clifton Fadiman discusses the use of music, theme and variation, and the use of the condensed line or word in the play Our Town, by Thornton Wilder
Hamlet ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Maynard Mack analyzes the theme of the poisoned kingdom in Shakespeare's Hamlet. Includes scenes performed by the Stratford Shakespearean Festival Company of Canada
The Age of Sophocles ( Visual )
in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The first of four lessons on Oedipus the King, by Sophocles. Knox presents a brief background of Greece at the time of Sophocles, discussing Greek ways of thinking and Greek theater. Includes scenes of ancient ruins and statues. The program concludes with a summary of the story of Oedipus
The theater. one of the humanities ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1963 and 2009 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Clifton Fadiman discusses the components of theater: the play, acting, narration, and dramatic conventions. Members of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival Company of Canada illustrate these components by performing scenes from Life with Father
Oedipus Rex ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1959 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A four-part lecture on the Greek play Oedipus Rex by Sophocles. Bernard Knox presents a background of Greece at the time of Sophocles and discusses the character of Oedipus and how the subjects of religion, prophecy, search for truth, and the relationship between fate and the gods are presented in the play. Dramatic sequences are interwoven with the analysis of the play
The age of Elizabeth ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1954 and 2006 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Summary: An introduction to the Elizabethan age as a background to a study of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' by Maynard Mack. He discusses the conventions and audiences of the theatre of the time and compares them to those of the modern theatre. Besides scenes from 'Hamlet', there is also one each from 'Henry VIII' and 'Titus Andronicus'. The scenes from 'Hamlet' include the 'to be or not to be' soliloquy and the first appearance of the ghost. The role of Hamlet is played by Peter Donat. Hamlet, lesson 1
The humanities ( Visual )
in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
[Pt. 1]. Clifton Fadiman discusses what the humanities are and why they are studied, using examples of literature, photography, and music. Points out the dissimilarities and complementary features of the humanities and the sciences
Hamlet, lesson I : The age of Elizabeth ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1959 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses the classes and customs of the Elizabethan Age and shows their importance for the theatre of that time
What happens in Hamlet ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1959 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Summary: Dramatised excerpts illustrate this lively analysis of "Hamlet". The play is analysed and discussed on three different levels: as a ghost story, as a detective story and as a tragedy of revenge. The main theme is underlined, and the relationships between the characters are traced. Hamlet, lesson 2
Hamlet, lesson IV : The readiness is all ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1959 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reveals the discovery of the presence of evil, the problem of separating reality from wishes and the problem of contamination
Hamlet, lesson II : What happens in Hamlet ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1959 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shows the 3 movements of Hamlet, and the climat of each movement
Oedipus Rex ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1959 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An interpretation of Oedipus Rex and the issues of free will and liberty, with a discussion of its relevance to our times
Oedipus Rex ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1959 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An interpretation of the self-blinding of Oedipus and his guilt, and the issue of divine prophecy. Man is powerless in the hands of the gods
 
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