I admit it — I’m a sucker for a great list of free classes. I’ve taken two so far through Coursera. Classes are a great way to brush up on what interests you but are also a way to learn about things that interest your character (remember, she isn’t supposed to like only the things that you like).
I recently found this list of 950 Free Online Courses at Open Culture. The listings are by discipline, starting with archaeology and going through public health. Somewhere around the middle of the list is more or less 50 literature classes on a wide range of topics. No matter how wide ranging your interests are, take a look at this list. It didn’t take me long to find several classes that interested me including:
- Darwin and Design – James Paradis, MIT
- Epics of Rome – Rhiannon Evans, LaTrobe University-Australia
- Faeirie and Fantasy – Corey Olsen, Washington College
- Introduction to Theory of Literature – Paul H. Fry, Yale
- Old English in Context – Stuart Lee, Oxford University
- Science Fiction and Politics – Courtney Brown, Emory University
Some of the courses offer free online audio, others free online video and still others free iTunes video.
The last course that I took was a lot of work but I learned so much that I find myself itching to sign up for something new.