Continuing to work our way back to Ithaca, here's a close reading of Homer's Odyssey, Book 12:
Here's a video clip on the Odyssey focusing on Books 10 and 11. More to follow. Scroll down, past the video, for an image of Circe by Dosso Dossi.
Circe by Dosso Dossi (click image for full size version)
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)
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
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Listen to the first page of the Völuspá from the Poetic Edda in both the Terry and the Hollander translations.
My recommendation is to focus your reading on the Sonnets and the "First Dream." On the issue of translation, I also highly recommend Edith Grossman's edition.
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)