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How and Why to Read Epic Literature

The Saint Katherine College Forum

St. Katherine College, the first ever Orthodox college of the liberal arts and sciences, is pleased to present the following speeches from its lecture series titled “The St. Katherine College Forum.” Recorded on the campus of St. Katherine’s in San Diego, California, the series is open to the public and features a wide array of speakers from the college and elsewhere.

November 2011

How and Why to Read Epic Literature

Kay Harkins, associate professor of English Literature and Language at St. Katherine College, assays an Orthodox theory of literary criticism, which she bases on the principles of humility and compassion. Drawing on C. S. Lewis's A Preface to Paradise Lost, Harkins shows how an Orthodox approach to the old epic poems explains both why and how we ought to read them.

November 7, 2011 Length: 56:28

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