Lit 21 Summer 2018

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."


Fall 2018 Reading List

Hello all and thanks for such an enjoyable and enriching semester. Many thanks for your generosity!

Following is the reading list for Fall 2018 with recommended editions and translations:

  1. Euripides, Ion, Helen, Orestes, trans. Svarlien (Hackett)
  2. Dante, Paradiso, trans. Hollander (Anchor)
  3. Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, ed. Mowat (Folger)
  4. Eliot, Adam Bede, ed. Reynolds (Penguin Classics)
  5. Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents, ed. Strachey (Norton)
  6. Kerouac, On the Road, (Penguin)
  7. Allende, The House of the Spirits (Atria)
  8. Morrison, Love (Vintage)

Selections for Augustine's Confessions

These are the passages to concentrate on for our upcoming discussion. The references are to Book and paragraph numbers which should correspond to most editions.

1.1, 1.20

2.4 through 2.9

3.5 through 3.8

4.8

5.10 through 5.14

6.6 through 6.12

7.5 through 7.13

8.7 through 8.12

9.10 through 9.13

10.6; 10.26 through 30; 10.35 through 37; 10.40

11.4

13.2 through 13.4; 13.17 through 13.18; 13.35 through 13.36


First class and Sappho

Welcome back! You can now download our Syllabus with recommended editions and schedule for discussion: Syllabus

For our first session of Brilliant Minds, Spring 2018, we'll be discussing poems and fragments of Sappho. I've ordered Anne Carson's wonderful edition, which offers the Greek text on facing pages. You can visually discern some of the linguistic patterning and poetic devices even without knowing the language.

Back in 2000, I translated selected poems and fragments (three of which were published by William Packard in The New York Quarterly). I recently found my old word processing files and converted them to create an eBook version in both PDF and EPUB formats. A complimentary PDF version is available here: Download Sappho_fragments_180203

(Both versions are available on the Lulu store: EPUB, PDF)