Arnold Weinstein was born in Tennessee in 1940 and received his undergraduate degree in romance languages from Princeton University in 1962. He studied at Université de Paris in 1960–61 and at Freie Universitat, Berlin, in 1962–63. He received his master's and doctorate in comparative literature from Harvard University in 1964 and 1968, respectively.
Dr. Weinstein has been teaching courses on European, English, and American literature at Brown University since 1968. In addition, he is the sponsor of Swedish Studies at Brown. He has been the chairperson of the Advisory Council on Comparative Literature at Princeton University and is actively involved in the American Comparative Literature Association.
Among the many academic honors, research grants, and fellowships he has received include research grants from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1983 he was visiting professor of American Literature at Stockholm University, where he received the Fulbright Senior Lecturer Award. He is currently a member of the Academy of Literary Studies and the director of an NEH-funded program in great books. In 1995 he was named Brown University's best teacher in the humanities. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Award for University Teachers for 1998-99 for his work in literature and medicine.
Dr. Weinstein is the author of Vision and Response in Modern Fiction (1984), Fictions of the Self: 1550–1800 (1981), The Fiction of Relationship (1988), and Nobody's Home: Speech, Self, and Place in American Fiction from Hawthorne to DeLillo (1993). He is working in the fields of literature and medicine, with a view toward a book-length study of the relationship between the two, especially concerning the issues of diagnosis and interpretation.
01 Intoduction to Classics of American Literature
02 Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography The First American History
03 Washington Irving The First Amrican Storyteller
04 Ralph Waldo Emerson Yesterday America's Coming of Age
05 Emerson Today Architecht of American Values
06 Emerson Tomorrow Deconstructing Culture and Self
07 Henry David Thorar Countercultural Hero
08 Thorau Stylist and Humorist Extaordinaire
09 Walden Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
10 Edgar Allan Poe
11 Poe—Ghost Writer
12 Poe's Legacy—The Self as "Haunted Palace"
13 Nathaniel Hawthorne and the American Past
14 The Scarlet Letter: Puritan Romance
15 Hawthorne's "A": Interpretation and Semiosis
16 The Scarlet Letter: Political Tract or Psychological Study?
17 Hawthorne Our Contemporary
18 Herman Melville and the Making of Moby-Dick
19 The Biggest Fish Story of Them All
20 Ahab and the White Whale
21 Moby-Dick: Tragedy of Perspective
22 Melville's "Benito Cereno": American (Mis)adventure at Sea
23 "Benito Cereno": Theater of Power or Power of Theater?
24 Walt Whitman: The American Bard Appears
25 Whitman: Poet of the Body
26 Whitman: Poet of the City
27 Whitman: Poet of Death
28 The Whitman Legacy
29 Uncle Tom's Cabin: The Unread Classic
30 Stowe's Representation of Slavery
31 Freedom and Art in Uncle Tom's Cabin
32 Emily Dickinson: In and Out of Nature
33 Dickinson's Poetry: Language and Consciousness
34 Dickinson: Devotee of Death
35 Dickinson: "Amherst's Madame de Sade"
36 Dickinson's Legacy
37 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: American Paradise Regained
38 Huckleberry Finn: The Banned Classic
39 Huckleberry Finn: A Child's Voice, A Child's Vision
40 Huckleberry Finn, American Orphan
41 Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson: Black and White Charade
42 Henry James and the Novel of Perception
43 The Turn of the Screw: Do You Believe in Ghosts?
44 Turning the Screw of Interpretation
45 Stephen Crane and the Literature of War
46 The Red Badge of Courage: Brave New World
47 Stephen Crane: Scientist of Human Behavior
48 Charlotte Perkins Gilman: War Against Patriarchy
49 "The Yellow Wallpaper": Descent into Hell or Free at Last?
50 Robert Frost and the Spirit of New England
51 Robert Frost: "At Home in the Metaphor"
52 Robert Frost and the Fruits of the Earth
53 T. S. Eliot: Unloved Modern Classic
54 T. S. Eliot: "The Waste Land" and Beyond
55 F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby: American Romance
56 The Great Gatsby: A Story of Lost Illusions?
57 Fitzgerald's Triumph: Writing the American Dream
58 Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises: Novel of the Lost Generation
59 The Sun Also Rises: Spiritual Quest
60 Ernest Hemingway: Wordsmith
61 Hemingway's The Garden of Eden: Female Desire Unleashed
62 The Garden of Eden: Combat Zone
63 William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury: The Idiot's Tale
64 The Sound and the Fury: Failed Rites of Passage
65 The Sound and the Fury: Signifying Nothing?
66 Absalom, Absalom!: Civil War Epic
67 Absalom, Absalom!: The Language of Love
68 Absalom, Absalom!: The Overpass to Love
69 The Grapes of Wrath: American Saga
70 John Steinbeck: Poet of the Little Man
71 The Grapes of Wrath: Reconceiving Self and Family
72 Invisible Man: Black Bildungsroman
73 Invisible Man: Reconceiving History and Race
74 Invisible Man: "What Did I Do, to Be So Black and Blue?”
75 Eugene O'Neill: Great God of American Theater
76 Long Day's Journey Into Night: There’s No Place Like Home
77 Tennessee Williams: Managing Libido
78 A Streetcar Named Desire: The Death of Romance
79 Death of a Salesman: Death of an Ethos?
80 Death of a Salesman: Tragedy of the American Dream
81 Toni Morrison’s Beloved: Dismembering and Remembering
82 Beloved: A Story of "Thick Love"
83 Beloved: Morrison's Writing of the Body
84 Conclusion to Classics of American Literature