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!


Teju Cole

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):

 


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.