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


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

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)

John Donne readings

Here is the John Donne "not to be missed list." Use these as a starting point and for an orientation to the discussion (sequence and spelling may vary depending on your edition).

  • The Good-Morrow
  • Woman's Constancy
  • The Sun Rising
  • The Indifferent
  • The Canonization
  • Lovers' Infinitenesse
  • Sweetest Love, I Do Not Goe
  • Twicknam Garden
  • The Flea
  • A Nocturnal upon St. Lucy's Day
  • The Bait
  • A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
  • The Ecstasy
  • The Relic
  • To His Mistress Going to Bed
  • Good Friday, 1613, Riding Westward
  • Death, be not proud
  • Batter my hear, three-personed God
  • A Hymn to God the Father

Listening and watching

If you'd like to hear selections of the Rig Veda in Sanskrit, Agamemnon in Ancient Greek, and the Mabinogion in Welsh, here is a link for each:

Rig Veda, Purusha

Agamemnon, Parodos and Hymn to Zeus

Mabinogion, Pwyll Pendefig Dyfed

And some additional resources for the Mabinogion:

An excellent animated version of selections - "Mabinogi" on Youtube

Welsh pronunciation of names - Chwedloniaeth Gymreig

More on pronunciations from CSANA

Reading selections for Mabinogion and 1001 Nights

For our upcoming sessions, please focus your readings on:

The first four stories of the Mabinogion - Pwyll Lord of Dyved, Branwen Daughter of Llyr, Manawydan Son of Llyr, and Math Son of Mathonwy

For the 1001 Nights, we will focus on the stories covering the Prologue and Nights 1-38. If you're feeling ambitious, continue with Nights 153-69, and add the story of Ali Baba.