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!
To follow up on our discussion, you can find an outline of Prof. H. Mark Roelofs' concept of the Confessional Life archived on this blog, here: The Confessional Life
James Wood's key review of Open City in the New Yorker: "The Arrival of Enigmas"
Here is the recent article I mentioned by Teju Cole, on the topic of translation, at New York Review of Books: Carrying a Single Life: On Literature and Translation
Teju Cole Interview: My Looking Became Sacred (YouTube): https://youtu.be/71JZEWGtAm4
Teju Cole on Open City - The John Adams Institute (YouTube): https://youtu.be/CySelcG7C30
The Leonard Lopate Show Book Club: Teju Cole Open City (YouTube): https://youtu.be/W8Qf0Iohtos
Here is the magnificent photo book by Teju Cole and Fazal Sheikh, Human Archipelago (image links to Amazon):
Here is a start for a list of books related to our Summer readings and discussions so far (links to Amazon pages):
Hal Foster - The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture
Roland Barthes - A Lover's Discourse: Fragments
Julia Kristeva - Revolution in Poetic Language
Arundhati Roy - The God of Small Things
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)
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 ...
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.