Free Online Classic Literature Courses from Top Universities

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Classic literature courses are offered online for free from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Choose from topics like popular narrative and medieval woman writers.
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Free Classic Literature Courses

Learn about classical literature with these free online courses. Whether it's on novels by Melville, Twain, Faulkner and Morrison or classical literature from the Golden Age of Rome, chances are you will find a course that interests you.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT offers a plethora of classic literature courses online for free. Class topics include authors like Mark Twain, Herman Melville, John Milton, Oscar Wilde, American women writers, and much more. Students will focus on the required readings for their respective classes. Classes include assignments, such as writing essays, that may be completed at the student's convenience.

Free Online Classic Literature Courses At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Popular Narrative: Masterminds course from MIT Undergraduate/graduate Text Yes No Yes
Darwin and Design course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Classical Literature: The Golden Age of Augustan Rome course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Medieval Literature: Medieval Women Writers course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Studies in Fiction: Stowe, Twain and the Transformation of 19th-Century America course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Major Authors: John Milton course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Major Authors: Melville and Morrison course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Learning for the Past: Drama, Science, Performance course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Tragedy course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Medieval Literature: Dante, Boccaccio, Chaucer course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
American Authors: American Women Authors course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Major Authors: Oscar Wilde and the 90's course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Masterworks in American Short Fiction course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Major Authors: After the Masterpiece: Novels by Melville, Twain, Faulkner and Morrison course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes
Comedy course from MIT Undergraduate Text Yes No Yes

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