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Genre Lists


This guide provides an overview of recent DVDs that may interest researchers in the English field. Additional titles can be accessed through the library catalog; you can search by keyword, person, genre, or title.

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Suggested keywords: literary movements, English language, poetry, women and literature, [author name]

We also provide access to a number of streaming video resources, including the PBS Collection.

English DVDs

Africa to America to Paris: The Migration of Black Writers
Traces the path of African American literature from the U.S. to Paris at the end of WWII through the late '60s.
Call Number: UMDVD 7098

Ahmad Shamlou: Master Poet of Liberty
Iranian poet Ahmad Shamlou talks about his poetry, the world of poetry, and his life.
Call Number: UMDVD 5147

Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo
A sailor prepares revenge on the three men responsible for his 15 years in prison.
Call Number: UMDVD 5976

American Passages: A Literary Survey
Places American literary movements and authors within the context of history and culture.
Call Number: UMDVD 2110

Brave New Voices 2010
Captures the Grand Slam Finals showdown between four teams: Denver, Albuquerque, California Bay Area, and NYC.
Call Number: UMDVD 7134

Chinua Achebe: Africa's Voice
Analyzes the impact of Achebe's writings on world literature, as well as his own influence as editor and spokesman.
Call Number: UMDVD 3028

A Conversation with Alice Walker
Recording of an interview with Alice Walker and Bill Moyers.
Call Number: UMDVD 3026

In 1950s Pittsburgh, a black garbage collector named Troy Maxson is prone to take out his frustrations on his loved ones.
Call Number: UMDVD 10213

Getting into Grammar
Features lessons about English grammar and composition.
Call Number: UMDVD 9565

Haiku: In Basho's Footsteps
Retraces the footsteps and inspiration of Basho and addresses the therapeutic value of haiku-writing.
Call Number: UMDVD 2556

Hamlet (dir. Branagh)
The Prince of Denmark returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer.
Call Number: UMDVD 4231

The History of the English Language
Introduces the origins of the language, its 1,500-year evolution, and the state of present-day American speech.
Call Number: UMDVD 2598

Love Between the Covers
Follows the lives of six romance authors as they build their businesses, cope with upheaval, and earn a living doing what they love.
Call Number: UMDVD 10141

Native Son
Introduces the viewer to Richard Wright and to the story of his literary portrait of racism in the U.S., 'Native Son.'
Call Number: UMDVD 3022

The Quest for Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Looks at the fabled classic poem and the history of the people and places behind the prose.
Call Number: UMDVD 5746

Ralph Ellison: An American Journey
Documents one of the most gifted and intellectually provocative authors of modern U.S. literature.
Call Number: UMDVD 8418

Remembering Composition
Asks the question, what is the importance of multimedia composition?
Call Number: UMDVD 3368

Rumi: Poet of the Heart
Appreciates the life and work of the mystical poet Rumi, and includes live performances of his translated poems.
Call Number: UMDVD 3212

Seamus Heaney on the New Beowulf
Explores Heaney's attraction to the epic poem, its history, and the importance of its meter and alliteration.
Call Number: UMDVD 5538

Shakespeare Uncovered (Series 1)
Combines history, biography, performance, analysis and passion to tell the story behind Shakespeare’s plays.
Call Number: UMDVD 9562

Shakespeare Uncovered (Series 2)
Combines history, biography, performance, analysis and passion to tell the story behind Shakespeare’s plays.
Call Number: UMDVD 9567

Slamnation: The Sport of Spoken Word
Follows Saul Williams and three other top poets on their journey to the National Poetry Slam.
Call Number: UMDVD 2243

Truman Capote
Presents Capote's life story and the social and political events that influenced his work.
Call Number: UMDVD 4467

Understanding Literature: The Elements of Poetry
Explores many topics, including figurative language, meter and rhyme, simile, and metaphor.
Call Number: UMDVD 5559

The United States of Poetry
Captures more than 60 of the U.S.' most essential heroes--poets--in a work of startling innovation.
Call Number: UMDVD 3458

White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books
Examines how the first Black superheroes adhered to and were burdened by stereotypes about Black men.
Call Number: UMDVD 8420

Zora Neale Hurston: A Heart with Room for Every Joy
Details the rich legacy of Hurston's writings and the compelling story of her life.
Call Number: UMDVD 3027