A companion site for courses by Peter Arcese on classics, contemporary literature, and the arts ... Here you will find items related to our readings and discussions ... Ideas, images, background information, suggested readings, bibliographies, and notes on related performances, all find a presence here ... Enjoy your reading and check back regularly for new posts!
Hello Class, I’ve been informed that our classroom has been changed to Room 525 for the rest of the Summer term. I’ll see you there tomorrow.
Ready to get started! Here is our reading schedule for the Summer:
June 5 Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing
New domesticity and the focus on family dynamics in fiction.
June 12 Naomi Alderman, The Power
The role of speculative fiction in representations of gender.
June 19 Min Jin Lee, Pachinko
Recasting the historical epic through Japanese Korean culture.
June 26 John Green, Turtles All the Way Down
Utilizing genre fiction to directly engage the subject mental illness .
July 3 Gabriel Tallent, My Absolute Darling
Redefining the stakes and boundaries of new culture wars.
July 10 Jeffrey Eugenides, Fresh Complaint
Re-examining the short story in contemporary fiction in the absence of theme.
July 17 Ali Smith, Winter
Allegory and the fantastic at the edges of the novel.
July 24 George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo
The state of the "experimental novel" and traditional notions of the "in between."
Hello all and thanks for such an enjoyable and enriching semester. Many thanks for your generosity! Following is the reading list for Fall 2018. I will update with specific recommended editions and translations:
Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
George Eliot, Adam Bede
Sigmund Freud, Civilization and its Discontents
Jack Kerouac, On the Road
Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits
Toni Morrison, Love
For our discussion of Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France, the key selection is from the paragraph beginning “If civil society be the offspring of convention . . . .” (page 56 in the Oxford edition) through the paragraph beginning “Society is indeed a contract. . . .” (page 96-97).
You can approach reading The Tale of Genji at a few different levels:
Read straight through chapters 1-33 (then continue with 33-41 and 45-54 as interest and time allows)
Follow either of two levels of abridgment:
Chapters 1-14, 17 (Seidensticker); or
Chapters 1-2, 4-5, 7, 9, 12-13 (McCullough)