Free Online Contemporary Literature Courses from Top Universities

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Discover contemporary literature with these free online courses by top universities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Yale University. Download course materials online or stream archived audio/video lectures.
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Free Contemporary Literature Courses

Free contemporary literature courses can be accessed online for free. All that is required is a laptop or home computer and an internet connection, and you're good to go.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT provides a plethora of individualized contemporary literature courses for those interested in gaining an online education for free. Students can select literature courses on human rights, drama, fiction, British novels, and more.

Yale University

This course at Yale University explores a wide range of novels published since 1945. Some of the authors that are studied include Richard Wright, J. D. Salinger, Marilynne Robinson, Cormac McCarthy and John Barth.

Free Online Contemporary Literature Courses At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Introduction to Drama course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/projects Yes No Yes
Prizewinners course from MIT Undergraduate Text/lecture notes Yes Yes Yes
Contemporary Literature: Literature, Development, and Human Rights course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/lecture notes Yes No Yes
Theory and Practice of Non-Linear and Interactive Narrative course from MIT Undergraduate/graduate Texts/projects/study materials Yes No Yes
After Columbus course from MIT Undergraduate Texts Yes No Yes
Forms of Western Narrative course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/lecture notes Yes No Yes
Reading Fiction: Dysfunctional Families course from MIT Undergraduate Texts Yes No Yes
End of Nature course from MIT Undergraduate Texts Yes No Yes
Contemporary Literature: British Novels Now course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/lecture notes/study materials Yes No Yes
Women's Novels: A Weekly Book Club course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/study materials Yes No Yes
Media in Cultural Context: Popular Readerships course from MIT Undergraduate Texts Yes No Yes
Reading Fiction course from MIT Undergraduate Texts Yes No Yes
American Literature course from MIT Undergraduate Texts Yes No Yes
Bestsellers: Detective Fiction course from MIT Undergraduate Texts Yes No Yes
Small Wonders: Staying Alive course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/study materials Yes No Yes
20th-Century Fiction course from MIT Undergraduate Texts Yes Yes Yes
Contemporary Literature course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/study materials Yes No Yes
The American Novel course from MIT Undergraduate Texts Yes No Yes
American Classics course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/study materials Yes No Yes
The American Novel Since 1945 course from Yale University Undergraduate Audio/video lectures Yes Yes Yes

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  • B.A. - English Language Learner Studies

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Regent University

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Full Sail University

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Johns Hopkins University

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Colorado State University Global

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Penn Foster Career School

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