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As we get ready for the Summer Session, let me thank you all for your generosity! I'll be updating the design of this site to be more mobile-friendly and responsive. More to come!


Summer is back to Tuesdays

Our summer class, LITR1-CE9054001, Literature for the 21st Century is back to Tuesdays:

Tues. 10-11.40 a.m., June 6-Aug. 1 (8 sessions). No class July 4

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The reading selections are:

All That Man Is: A Novel, by David Szalay

Swing Time, by Zadie Smith

The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

Thus Bad Begins: A Novel, by Javier Marías

Falling Awake: Poems, by Alice Oswald

Nutshell: A Novel, by Ian McEwan

The Blue Guitar, by John Banville

The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson


Resources for the Poetic Edda

I highly recommend Patricia Terry's  translation as a companion to the Hollander edition. Not as readily available, but used and new editions are listed through Amazon. Easy to get the Kindle edition and the Audible Audio. Well worth it in my opinion:

 

Here is a clip from the Audio of the Terry translation:

 

Also, I highly recommend a contemporary (just released) retelling of selected sections by Neil Gaiman:

 

The Völuspá as sung in Icelandic:

 

Here is a clip of Werner Herzog reading the "Catalogue of Dwarves":

 


Spring 2017 Book List

Here is our book list for Spring 2017.

You can download a PDF with the list and the dates for discussion here: Download Brilliant Minds Spring 2017

Virgil, The Georgics, trans. Johnson (Penguin)

The Poetic Edda, trans. Hollander (U Texas)

William Shakespeare, As You Like It, ed. Mowat & Werstein (Folger)

George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, ed. Haight (Oxford)

Virginia Woolf, Orlando (Mariner)

J. A. Baker, The Peregrine (New York Review)

Eduardo Galeano, Open Veins of Latin America (Monthly Review)

Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian (Vintage)

John Ashbery, Breezeway (Ecco)

*The new book list is also at the bottom of this page (scroll down) with links to Amazon.

You can also download a PDF compilation of Wikipedia articles as a companion to our class readings: Download Brilliant Minds and/or order a printed copy through PediaPress: Briliant Minds Spring 2017 Wikipedia compilation.