Welcome to Brilliant Minds

A companion site for courses by Peter Arcese on classics, contemporary literature, and the arts ... Here you will find items related to our readings and discussions ... Ideas, images, background information, suggested readings, bibliographies, and notes on related performances, all find a presence here ... Enjoy your reading and check back regularly for new posts!


Fall 2019 Brilliant Minds

First, my thanks to everyone for all your interest and generosity this past Fall & Spring! And for those looking to plan their reading for the Fall, the reading list follows:

  • Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, trans. Agee (New York Review)
  • G. de Lorris & J. de Meun, The Romance of the Rose, trans. Horgan (Oxford Classics)
  • William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, eds. Mowat & Werstine (Folger)
  • James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, ed. Womersley (Penguin)
  • William Wordsworth, The Prelude, ed. Gill (Oxford)
  • Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (Harcourt)
  • Margaret Wrinkle, Wash (Grove)

Summer 2019 Literature for the 21st Century

Here is our updated reading list for the Summer! We'll be reading these in the order listed.

  • Julian Barnes, The Only Story
  • Emily Fridlund, History of Wolves
  • Tommy Orange, There There
  • Teju Cole, Open City
  • Sophie Calle, True Stories: Sixth Edition
  • Pat Barker, The Silence of the Girls
  • Patti Smith, Devotion

Looking forward ...


Shakespeare's Kings and Frame story links

A few links to follow up on our recent discussions:

Shakespeare's English Kings - Peter Saccio's informative and engaging book is a helpful companion to the History Plays.

Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare - Asimov's multidimensional approach to the plays is helpful in providing accessible context.

Chimes at Midnight - Orson Welles as Falstaff (need more be said?). We'll discuss Falstaff in much more detail next session.

Frame story - We mentioned the Canterbury Tales and One Thousand and One Nights. This Wikipedia articles lists many more.


Decameron & Kalevala links & Salamis maps

I will be focusing continuing comments on the the stories from Day 1, Story 1; Day 4, Stories 1 & 4; and Day 10, Story 10.

In the meantime, here are links for Pasolini's take on the Decameron:

NY Times (1971)

Wikipedia article

Google search for clips online

And for Sibelius on the Kalevala: 

Google search results for passages online

Maps found by Jon (thanks!):

IMG_20190209_162840 IMG_20190209_163308

 


Salamis

For more on Salamis, consider these items:

Even though this satellite image was generated for other purposes, it shows the key area where the battle occurred and really conveys how narrow the straits are. The area in the centered square is where much of the fighting took place.

DLR Earth Observation Center

You might also enjoy this website to follow up on the Battle of Salamis and related topics:

https://www.ancient.eu/salamis/

And for additional reading, see Barry Strauss' book:

The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter That Saved Greece -- And Western Civilaztion