Getting ready for Fall Brilliant Minds (already!)

Here is our Fall 2017 reading list and schedule with dates for discussion:

Homer, The Odyssey (9/12 & 19)
Selections: Books 1, 5–6, 9–12, 19, and 22–24

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales (9/26 & 10/3)
Selections: General Prologue, The Knight's Tale, The Miller's Tale, The Wife of Bath's Tale, The Summoner's Tale, The Pardoner's Tale, The Nun's Priest's Tale

William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream (10/10)

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (10/17 & 24)

Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (10/31)

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (11/7)

Yasunari Kawabata, Snow Country (11/14)

Elizabeth Bishop, Poems (11/21)

Paul Beatty, The Sellout (11/28)


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


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.


Brilliant Minds Fall 2016

Update: the book list now includes the recommended editions in this post, and links for ordering at the bottom of this page.

Thank you all for a wonderful Spring Semester and for your generosity! I feel very fortunate to share our reading experiences. With that in mind, here is our Fall 2016 list. I'm excited about this list, since we will have eight books to focus on, with an equal number of men and women authors. Until then, enjoy your Summer reading!

Sophocles, Electra. trans. Raeburn (Penguin)
Vittoria Colonna, Sonnets for Michelangelo, trans. Brundin (U Chicago)
William Shakespeare, Othello, ed. Mowat & Werstein (Folger)
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Selected Works, trans. Grossman (Norton)
Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights, ed. Nestor (Penguin)
Anton Chekhov, Three Sisters, trans. Senelick (Norton)
Pearl Buck, The Good Earth (Washington Square)
Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer (Grove)


Brilliant Minds - Reading List for Spring 2016

  1. Rig Veda, trans. Doniger (Penguin)
  2. Agamemnon, Aeschylus, trans. Arcese (Athanata Arts)*
  3. Mabinogion, trans. Gantz (Penguin)
  4. The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights, Vol. 1, trans. Lyons (Penguin)
  5. Hamlet, William Shakespeare, ed. Mowat (Folger)
  6. The Complete Poetry and Selected Prose of John Donne, ed. Coffin (Modern Library)
  7. Villette, Charlotte Bronte, intro. Schaeffer (Bantam)
  8. Swann's Way: In Search of Lost Time, Vol. 1, Marcel Proust, trans. Davis (Penguin)
  9. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce, ed. Deane (Penguin)
  10. Lila, Marilynne Robinson (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Download Printable List

You can also download a PDF compilation of Wikipedia articles for these books here: Brilliant Minds Wiki Spring 2016. And you can order a printed book of the same articles through PediaPress.

*I'm happy to let you know that my version of Agamemnon is now also available on Kindle.