a/k/a Great Books ... a companion site for courses by Peter Arcese, MA, JD, LLM, on Literature and Literary Classics ... 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!
Our reading selections should track the Penguin abridged edition translated by Royall Tyler. If you have the Tyler edition, just read it as any other novel.
Otherwise, here is a practical approach I suggest: For every Chapter listed below as "Complete" please read the entire chapter, for those "slightly abridged" I suggest you read as much as possible, for those listed as "abridged" you might skim, and for those omitted, you may skip.
I'm looking forward to our Fall semester. To keep us company along the way, I've compiled a Wikipedia Supplement with an article for each one of our selected books. Where an article is not available for the specific work, I've included the article for the author. You can download it here as either a PDF file or an eBook (epub format - works best, I've found with Apple's iBooks):
I remember reading Eliot's "Waste Land" my Freshman year. There was no course including it that semester, but I wanted to explore it and I did. It was the first time I really connected with a poem, wanting to understand & experience it. I took it with me on vacation that Summer. The only book I packed. And I read and re-read it for weeks. The footnotes too. Just the fact of them was interesting & enticing. They were a part of the poem and added to the sense of intentionally, actively connecting with whatever it had to offer. Music, ideas, images. Possibility. Do you recall the first time a poem, play or novel created this experience for you?