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!
Tues. 10-11.40 a.m., June 6-Aug. 1 (8 sessions). No class July 4
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
The BBC version on YouTube with Helen Mirren:
Bergner and Olivier (1936):
Documentary with Fiona Shaw by the Open University:
A taste of production at the Globe:
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Listen to the first page of the Völuspá from the Poetic Edda in both the Terry and the Hollander translations.
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":
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.