Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

DVD Collections

Find DVDs in the library collection by subject


--Short Story Collection


DVD 455.00

Amos’ a Man

1 videodisc (51 min.)

            Based on the short story by Richard Wright. A black teenage farm worker believes that

            owning a gun is a mark of maturity.

DVD 1667.00


1 videodisc (130 min.)

Was Shakespeare a fraud? Who really wrote about cloak-and-dagger political intrigue, illicit romances in the Royal Court, and the schemes of greedy nobles hungry for the power of the throne? Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her, intrigue and suspense advance the theory that it was really Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who penned Shakespeare's plays.

DVD 454.00

Barn Burning

1 videodisc (40 min.)

The story of the son of a tenant farmer who must choose between his aversions to playing his

father's accomplice in violent acts against their landowners  and his desire to win his father's


DVD 453.00

Bernice Bobs her Hair

1 videodisc (49 min.)

In the summer of 1919, sweet-but-dull Bernice (Shelley Duvall) is transformed into smooth-talking flirt by her vampish cousin. Based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

DVD 452.00

The Blue Hotel

1 videodisc (55 min.)

Based on the short story by Stephen Crane. A stranger arrives in a small 1880s Nebraska

town and joins a fateful card game.

DVD 1103.00

Everyday use

1 videodisc (26 min.)

A wayward daughter returns to her rural Georgia roots but is unable to sustain a connection with her

sharecropper family because she has the notion that her roots are strictly African.

DVD 506.00

The Golden honeymoon

1 videodisc (52 min.)

Story of an ornery old man who finds himself competing for his wife's attention when they

meet her former fiancé on their fiftieth anniversary honeymoon in Florida.

DVD 451.00

The Greatest Man in the World

1 videodisc (51 min.)

Based on the short story by James Thurber. An insufferable lout becomes a national hero

after he flies nonstop around the world.

DVD 450.00

The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

1 videodisc 57 min.

A spunky old lady of eighty on her deathbed struggles to resolve tormenting memories of her

 past when she was left  standing at the altar. Her indomitable will to live and act independently infuses

 the last day of her life.

DVD 449.00

The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg

1 videodisc (40 min.)

Based on one of Mark Twain's best known short stories. A mysterious stranger who was

slighted by the people of Hadleyburg reappears to disprove the town's  reputation.

DVD 448.00

Paul's case

1 videodisc (52 min.)

Based on the short story by Willa Cather. The touching and tragic story of a working class

boy who desperately wants to be a part of moneyed society, so he steals money from his employer.

DVD 447.00

Rappaccini's daughter

1  videodisc (57 min.)

Story set in 18th century Padua about a student who becomes romantically involved with the

daughter of the man whose room overlooks a poisonous garden.

DVD 520.00

The Revolt of mother

1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.)

Father is going to build a new barn. Mother wants the new house she's been promised. A simple story about love and respect and the often difficult times between those who strive to build a life together.

DVD 1110.00

A Rose for Emily  

1 videodisc (27 min.) 

Miss Emily Grierson was the fading aristocrat of a small Southern town.  When she was young, her

            tyrannical father drove away all her suitors.  Finally free after his death, Miss Emily quickly

            succumbed to the advances of a Yankee day laborer.  Only years later does the town realize the

            chilling consequences of this ill-fated romance.

DVD 446.00

The Sky is Gray

1 videodisc (46 min.)

Based on the short story by Ernest J. Gaines. In rural Louisiana in the 1940's a young black

boy journeys with his mother and absorbs valuable lessons of pride, charity and dignity.

DVD 401.00
The Tell-tale heart, Edgar Allan Poe’s

1 videodisc (25 min.)

The eerie tale of murder and revenge is faithfully brought to life in this atmospheric drama. The film contains period clothing, as well, as setting. Creepy background music in combination with excellent acting makes this film effective.

DVD 626.00

The Yellow wallpaper

1 videodisc (76 min.)

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s story of a woman who feels oppressed by marriage and motherhood. While taking a rest cure she becomes obsessed with the wallpaper and begins to imagine that there is a woman behind the paper.                     

 --End of Short Story Collection


DVD 788.00

Ayn Rand, a sense of life

2 videodiscs (143 min.)

This is the collector's edition, 2-Disc set of the looks at the life and work of the controversial

            Russian-born author, Ayn Rand. Drawing from personal papers, public archives, rare film footage,

            and interviews with those who knew her, the material captures Rand's life-long themes of reason,

            rational selfishness and political freedom.



DVD 278.00                                                               

Beowulf & Grendel

1 videodisc (103 min.)

The bloody tale of warrior Beowulf's battle with Grendel, a murderous troll, to save King Hrothgar's

            kingdom, which was destroyed by the troll and his men. 

DVD 1247.00

Beowulf and the roots of Anglo-Saxon poetry

1 videodisc (30 min.)

Beowulf is the oldest written epic in English literature. In this program, Dr. Robert DiNapoli--teaching fellow in Old and Middle English at the University of Birmingham, England--and Professor John Burrow of Bristol University examine the symbolism and the influence of Christianity in Beowulf and other masterpieces of English and Germanic poetry.

DVD 1154.00

The Bronte sisters

1 videodisc (ca. 55 min.)

The story following the progress of the Bronte Sisters from their childhood collaborations with

            Bramwell to their writing achievements which are acclaimed world-wide.

DVD 961.00                                                               

The complete works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

1 videodisc  (90 min.)

This three-man troupe perform all of Shakespeare's plays in 90 comedic minutes.

DVD 1245.00

A critical guide to the metaphysical

1 videodisc (30 min.)

In a reaction against Elizabethan-period poetry, 17th century English poets such as John Donne,

            George Herbert, Richard Crashaw, and Andrew Marvell began writing in a new style. Although

            derisively dubbed "metaphysical" because of its unseemly--that is, intellectual--nature, metaphysical

            poetry soon became appreciated for its remarkable blend of emotion and erudition, as evidenced by

            complex conceits, unconventional imagery, and the avoidance of smooth and regular meter. Daniela

            Havenstein of Oxford University and Judith Aldridge of the University of Central England interpret

            and analyze some of Donne's best-known poems, along with the works of other metaphysical poets.

DVD 1096.00

Early English aloud and alive c2004.

1 videodisc (29 min.)

Old, Middle, and Early Modern English are difficult to understand but for a full comprehension of

            certain English classics, study of the mother tongue as originally spoken is  required.  Dr. Joseph

            Gallagher brings these languages to life, discussing the evolution of English syntax and morphology

            and  reciting examples of each.  A dramatization of a portion of Beowulf is also included, along

            with subtitles in Modern English where necessary.

DVD 1102.00
Ezra Pound  2004.

1 videodisc (20 min.)

Though he courted controversy in politics, Ezra Pound wielded tremendous influence on the 20th

            century's literature.  His challenge, "make it new," became Modernism's touchstone.  This program

            follows his life's extraordinary course, from his collaborations with Yeats and Eliot through his years

            of detention at St. Elizabeths Hospital.  Using a wealth of photographs and manuscripts, there are

            readings from his letters, essays, and selected poems, including “Meditatio," "In a Station of the

            Metro," and selections from his epic, "The Cantos."



DVD 1155.00

George Eliot

1 videodisc 60 min

An in-depth look at Marian Evans, and her pious childhood up into adulthood, before emerging as

            novelist George Eliot, author of  'Adam Bede'; ' Silas Marner'; 'Daniel Deronda' and more.

DVD 536.00

Great grammar

14 videodiscs (14 min.each)

Contents: pt.1 Adjectives --pt.2 Adverbs --pt.3 Capitalization--pt.4 Commas--pt.5 Conjunctions --pt.6 Ending punctuation--pt.7 Nouns --pt.8 Plurals & Possessives--pt.9 Prepositions--pt.10 Pronouns pt.11 Quotation marks -- pt. 12 Semicolons & Colons

DVD 399.00

The Handmaid's tale

1 videodisc (109 min.)

Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood. Set in the near future, the handmaids of the title are women who can still bear children after the ravages of war caused wide-spread sterility. One of the handmaids, Kate, is caught trying to escape the Republic of Gilead and sent to the prison-like training center. She is sent from there to the home of the commander to bear his child, but revolutionary forces have other plans for her.  Rated R.

DVD 1249.00

In search of Shakespeare

2 videodiscs (240 min.)

Based on the book: Shakespeare by Michael Wood. An intimate look at William Shakespeare and his world.


Internet research and information literacy : effective strategies and cautionary tales

3 videodiscs (ca. 73 min.)

"A virtual cosmos of information is now at our fingertips. But does more equal better? What's the impact of online bias and propaganda? Is there an answer to the growing problem of plagiarism? This series illustrates best practices for exploring and researching in the online world, with help from real-world media experts as well as graphic novel-style characters who are learning to navigate cyberspace"—Container.

DVD 1156.00

Jane Austen's life

1 videodisc (60 min.)

An overview of the life of Jane Austen.

DVD 1503.00

KJV, the making of the King James Bible [videorecording]

1 videodisc (46 min.)

            The year 2011 marks the 400th anniversary of the creation of the King James Bible, arguably the

            greatest piece of English Literature ever produced. King James had an uncanny love of beautiful things,

            including language to stir the soul. With several English translations in use across the Kingdom, the

            Puritan leader John Rainolds took his opportunity to suggest that a new, more accurate translation was

            needed for the people. "Award-winning director Jerry Griffith... brings the viewer right into the heart of

            the translation process through specific passage examples. While exploring the varying viewpoints of

            different scholars, we get a firsthand look at the immense attention to detail. This presentation gives the

            viewer a renewed appreciation for the sacred scriptures and their place in our homes, churches, and the

            English-speaking world."



DVD 1118.01-.06

Literary visions c1992.

6 videodiscs (720 min.)

24 parts on 6 videodiscs, each part is 30 minutes. Examines three major genres of literature, short fiction, poetry and drama, and discusses literary elements such as character, plot, symbolism, and voice.

 Contents:        1. First sight: an introduction to literature 

                                    2. Ways of seeing: responding to literature

                                    3. A personal view: the art of the essay

                                    4. Reflected worlds: the elements of short fiction

                                    5. The story's blueprint: plot and structure in short fiction

                                    6. Telling their tales: character in short fiction

                                    7. In that time and place: setting and character in short fiction

                                    8. The author's voice: tone and style in short fiction

                                    9. Suggested meanings: symbolism and allegory in short fiction

                                    10. The sum of its parts: theme in short fiction

                                    11. The sacred words: the elements of poetry

                                    12. A sense of place: setting and character in poetry

                                    13. Tools of the trade: words and images in poetry

                                    14. Seeing anew: rhetorical figures in poetry

                                    15. An echo to the sense: prosody and form in poetry

                                    16. Distant voices: myth, symbolism, and allusion in poetry

                                    17. Artful resonance: theme in poetry

                                    18. Playing the part: character and actors in drama

                                    19. Patterns of action: plot and conflict drama

                                    20. Perspectives on illusion: setting and staging in drama

                                    21. The vision quest: myth and symbolism in drama

                                    22. A frame for meaning: theme in drama.

                                    23. Casting long shadows: the power of literature

                                    24. Continuing vision: the uses of literature.

DVD 1121.00

Macbeth   Variant title:  Orson Welles' Macbeth

1 videodisc (107 min.)

Moved by his own burning ambition and that of his unscrupulous wife, Macbeth murders Duncan,

            King of Scotland and seizes his crown. But his insatiable lust for power soon leads Macbeth towards

            his own destruction.

DVD 1243.00

Malory's le morte d'Arthur: anatomy of a legend

1 videodisc (26 min.)

P.J.C Field, one of the world's top authorities on Malory; Helen Cooper, editor of the Oxford world's

            classics edition of Le morte d'Arthur ; and medievalist Kevin J. Harty assess the historical and

            apocryphal underpinnings of the Arthurian legend. Supported by reenactments, location footage, and

            works of art, the program examines each section of Malory's famous work--Container.

DVD 195.00

Mark Twain

1 videodisc  (ca. 225 min.)

Recounts Mark Twain's life told primarily through his own words. Includes interviews with Hal

            Holbrook, Arthur Miller, William Styron and many others.

DVD 1500.00

Mark Twain Tonight!

1 videodisc (90 min.)

Hal Holbrook’s classic performance captures the flamboyant humor and irreverence of Mark Twain. In a landmark one-man show from Broadway, it was first broadcast on television in 1967 and was acclaimed as one of the high points in television history.

DVD 1095.00

Moby Dick c2002.

1 videodisc (41 min.)

The major themes in Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" are discussed by leading Melville scholars.

DVD 1074.00

The Odyssey  c2003.

1 videodisc 60 min.

Offers an introduction to one of the Western world's first action-adventure stories. Take a look at the Greek myths and The Odyssey's lessons of morality.

Contents: Thematic units

                        1. Introduction: The Odyssey (7 min.)

                        2. Odysseus' journey (14 min.)

                        3. Coming home (8 min.)

                        4. Homer: our first poet (10 min.)

                        5. A lasting hero (7 min.).

DVD 1075.00

The Odyssey: the journey home from Troy c2005.

1 videodisc (51 min.)

Contemporary Western society revolves around celebrity--and ancient Greek culture was no

            different, as this program demonstrates with  perceptive comparisons of the two worlds.  Scholarly

            analysis and splendid re-enactments bring new life to Homer's epic, giving it both a historical and

            personal context.  For long-ago Greek listeners enraptured with famous warriors and athletes, Homer

            fashioned a subtle  moral dilemma: can one pursue fortune and recognition without endangering a

            far more valuable treasure--namely, the love and  stability of family? Clearly, The Odyssey still

            engenders sociologically relevant discussion.

DVD 724.00

Othello (Motion picture : 1995)

1 videodisc (123 min.)

In this dramatization of William Shakespeare's tragedy a great man's vanity is manipulated by a jealous aide to bring about his downfall. Betrayal, deception and murder end the friendship between Othello and Iago and culminate in the tragic death of Desdemona.

Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Irene Jacob, Kenneth Branagh.

DVD 944.00


1 videodisc (ca. 93 min.)

The Jane Austin novel: Anne Elliot fell deeply in love with handsome young naval officer Frederick Wentworth at the age of nineteen. But with neither fortune nor rank to recommend him, Anne was persuaded to break off her engagement. Eight years later, Anne has lived to regret her decision. She never stopped loving Wentworth, and when he returns from sea with rank and fortune, she can only watch as every eligible young woman in the district falls at his feet. Can Frederick forgive Anne for listening to her family instead of her heart?

DVD 1239.00

Rime of the ancient mariner

1 videodisc (53 min.)

A two-part program which examines the life of Samuel Coleridge from his orphaned childhood to how his friendship with William and Dorothy Wordsworth inspired him to write The rime of the ancient mariner. Part 2 consists of a visualization of Coleridge's epic poem - The rime of the ancient mariner.  Contents: pt. 1. The strangest voyage : [the life of Samuel Coleridge] -- pt.2. The ancient mariner.

DVD 1039.00

The Romantic poets

1 videodisc (52 min.)

A study of the prominent poets of the Romantic period featuring the works of Wordsworth,  

            Coleridge, Shelley, Keats and Byron. Includes interpretation and analysis by Dr. Robert Woof, Dr.

            Julia North and Derrick Woolf.

DVD 624.00

Rumi : poet of the heart

1 videodisc (58 min.)

A celebration of the earthy, joyous, and spiritual passion of the 13th century Persian Sufi poet Rumi.

            Rumi's poetry, with its emphasis on the mysteries of love, is reaching deeper into the western

            psyche. Rumi was also founder of the whirling dervishes whose trancelike ritual dance has

            influenced western artists. Features Coleman Barks, the preeminent contemporary translator of

            Rumi's poetry, in live performance and intimate conversation.

DVD 1248.00

The Sonnets of William Shakespeare

2 videodiscs (150 min.)

Analyzes 15 sonnets. Explains the sonnets as poems and as a sequence of poems, as well as Shakespeare, his world, and our theories about it. Each sonnet is performed, analyzed, then read again with new insight.

Contents: [disc 1] Sonnet 8. Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly -- Sonnet 18. Shall I compare thee to summer's day? -- Sonnet 25. Let those who are in favour with their stars -- Sonnet 35. No more be  grieved at those which thou hast done -- Sonnet 53. What is your substance, whereof are you made – Sonnet 64. When I have seen by Time's fell hand defac'd -- Sonnet 65. Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea -- Sonnet 66. Tir'd with all these, for restful death I cry -- Sonnet 87.Farewell! thou are too dear for my possessing -- Sonnet 91. Some glory in their birth, some in their skill -- [disc 2] Sonnet 94. They that have pow'r to hurt and will do none -- Sonnet 107. Not mine own fears, nor the prophetic soul -- Sonnet 127. In the old age black was not counted fair -- Sonnet 128. How oft when thou, my music, music play'st -- Sonnet 144. Two loves have I, of comfort and despair.

DVD 1250.00

Understanding literature. The elements of drama

1 videodisc (30 min.)

Colorful graphics and an informative narrative illustrate the basic elements of drama. In addition,

            professors of English provide insight to help viewers understand drama.

DVD 1227.00

Understanding literature. The elements of fiction

1 videodisc (ca. 30 min.)

Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson - these are just three of the renowned

            authors whose work is cited.

DVD 1226.00

Understanding literature. The elements of poetry

1 videodisc (ca. 30 min.)

Figurative language, meter and rhyme, simile, and metaphor - these are a few of the many topics explored in this lively video tour through the genre of poetry.

DVD 1244.00

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

1 videodisc (24 min.)

Like Malory's Le Morte Darthur, the anonymously authored Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

            represents a watershed in the development of the Arthurian tradition. Drawing on insights from

            Nicholas Perkins, a specialist on medieval English literature and manuscripts at the University of

            Cambridge; Arthurian expert Kevin J. Harty, of La Salle University; and Helen Cooper, authority on

            medieval literature at the University of Oxford, this program explicates this complex alliterative

            poem, examines its treatment of familiar Arthurian themes, and illustrates why it is considered one

            of the finest romances of the Middle Ages.

DVD 979.00

The Victorian poets

1 videodisc (50 min.)

Features the works of Victorian poets including Hopkins, Swinburne, Arnold, Robert Browning and

            Tennyson. Includes analysis and interpretation by Dr. Nick Shrimpton, Dr. Peter McDonald and Dr.

            Julia North.

DVD 1104.00

A waste of shame: the mystery of Shakespeare and his sonnets c2006.

1 videodisc 87 min.

Dramatization about Shakespeare's sonnets and the mystery of the identities of two people the

            sonnets mention.

DVD 1069.00

Zora Neale Hurston: jump at the sun                       

1 videodisc (83 min.)

A biography of African American author and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston, the first black woman to enter the American literary canon.