About the Podcast



We are human beings, and human beings tell stories…

For tens of thousands of years, human beings have been using fictional devices to shape their worlds and communicate with one another. Four thousand years ago they began writing down these stories, and a great flourishing of human achievement began. We know it today as literature, a term broad enough to encompass everything from ancient epic poetry to contemporary novels. How did literature develop? What forms has it taken? And what can we learn from engaging with these works today?

Hosted by Jacke Wilson, an amateur scholar with a lifelong passion for literature, THE HISTORY OF LITERATURE takes a fresh look at some of the most compelling examples of creative genius the world has ever known.




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9 thoughts on “About the Podcast”

  1. Hello Jackie

    I just wanted to say thank you for what you’re doing. I am a 22 year old English/Comparative literature student from Aarhus with book-crammed shelves and always more piling up, but you have sent me scuttling back to the bookstores for more Lawrence, O’Connor and Flaubert, not to speak of obscure reference works for the Don Juan and Faust-mythologies. Even though my days are always bursting with reading, I always seem to find time for an episode of your podcast to unwind my thoughts, and to listen to someone who is as passionate about this literature stuff as I am.

    Ps: My girlfriend says hi and kind of damns you for filling our apartment with books upon books.

    Kind regards

    1. Thanks for the feedback! I’m glad to hear that the shelves are sagging in Aarhus. And of course, I’m very pleased to hear that you’re enjoying the show. Thanks again and happy listening (and please apologize to your girlfriend for me)!

  2. Hi,

    Just wanted to say how much i appreciate your podcast. I love to listen to you and Mike talk about books cause you do it with such love and warmth. Just listened to the episode where you talked about the books of your lives and after listening to Mike my summer is now dedicated to reading Magic mountain thats been waiting on my book shelves for years. Keep up the good work of spreading the magic of books!

    Kind regards from Andreas in Lund, Sweden

    1. Dear Andreas,

      Thank you so much! I couldn’t be more pleased to hear that you’ve been listening and enjoying the podcast. I passed along your comment to Mike as well, and he was also delighted. Enjoy your summer of reading and take care!



  3. Hi Jacke and Mike,
    It is a delight to listen to your podcast.
    Thanks for your dedication.
    I was wondering if you guys are going to continue this podcast.
    Since April, I didn’t see any new podcast.
    Of course, I will be glad to make a monthly contribution.

    1. Thanks for the comment – glad to hear you’re enjoying the show. Yes, I’m continuing the podcast, though the episodes have slowed down a bit as I work through some other projects.

  4. Hello Jacke,

    Stumbled across your podcast whilst looking for something to keep the mind ticking over whilst on the treadmill. I’m hooked! I particularly enjoyed the Gogol episode. Couldn’t help but noticing you did a lot more personal “rambling”, the Felski stories and the reflections on office life, which put me in mind of Gogol’s use of the “skaz” narrative technique and wondered if this was intentional or the ghost of Gogol, the dead soul of Gogol, influencing you.

    Anyway, I am very much enjoying the podcast and knowing this stuff is out there. Keep up the good work!

    Tottenham, London

    1. Hi Andrew, thank you so much for this comment! It has given me a lot to think about. Was the use of the “skaz” technique intentional? Well, that puts me in mind of a story…

      I’m so glad to have you on board. Hope you continue to enjoy the podcast!

      Take care and happy listening!



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