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Sunday Q&A - Recording - Spring Semester Review

Here's a link to the audio recording of our discussion and review:

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See our Feb. 19th post:


John Paul Lederach, conflict resolution, and Rumi:

Relating Rumi to Islam:
Rumi and Islam: Selections from His Stories, Poems, and Discourses--Annotated & Explained Paperback – February 1, 2004 by Ibrahim Dr. Ibrahim Gamard

King Lear

"Cordelia and Lear"
Author(s): Ivor Morris
Source: Shakespeare Quarterly, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Spring, 1957), pp. 141-158 Published by: Oxford University Press
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"The Double Casting of Cordelia and Lear's Fool: A Theatrical View"
Author(s): Richard Abrams
Source: Texas Studies in Literature and Language, Vol. 27, No. 4, The English Renaissance and Enlightenment (WINTER 1985), pp. 354-368
Published by: University of Texas Press
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From The New York Times:
"Alvin Epstein Gets Up Close and Cranky as a Low-Key King Lear"
This may not be an unforgettable "King Lear," but it is always inescapable and uncomfortably present.

"Returning Royalty: Alvin Epstein"
By Jeremy McCarter

Dostoevsky and The Brothers Karamazov

The key book by Mikhail Bakhtin:
Problems of Dostoevsky's Poetics (Theory and History of Literature) First edition by Mikhail Bakhtin (Author)

"The Novelist’s Craft: Reflections on The Brothers Karamazov"
Source: American Imago , Vol. 69, No. 3 (Fall 2012), pp. 295-318
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
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Chapter Title: "The Hero, and the Position of the Author with Regard to the Hero, in Dostoevsky’s Art"
Book Title: Problems of Dostoevsky's Poetics
Book Author(s): Mikhail Bakhtin
Book Editor(s): Caryl Emerson
Published by: University of Minnesota Press. (1984)
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Chapter Title: "Dostoevsky’s Polyphonic Novel and Its Treatment in Critical Literature:
Book Title: Problems of Dostoevsky's Poetics
Book Author(s): Mikhail Bakhtin
Book Editor(s): Caryl Emerson
Published by: University of Minnesota Press. (1984)
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"Freud on Dostoevsky"
Source: The American Scholar, Vol. 36, No. 3 (Summer, 1967), pp. 446-452 Published by: The Phi Beta Kappa Society
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Flannery O'Connor

The novel to read: Wise Blood

IMDB link to film: Wise Blood

Vincent Canby on John Huston's film version of Wise Blood:
Screen: 'Wise Blood,' Huston's 33d Feature:The CastScreen: 'Wise Blood,' Huston's 33d Feature: The Cast

"The Sacramental Irony of Flannery O'Connor"
Author(s): Judith F. Wynne
Source: The Southern Literary Journal, Vol. 7, No. 2 (Spring, 1975), pp. 33-49 Published by: University of North Carolina Press
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"Teilhard de Chardin's Impact on Flannery O'Connor: A Reading of 'Parker's Back'"
Author(s): Karl-Heinz Westarp
Source: The Flannery O'Connor Bulletin, Vol. 12 (Autumn 1983), pp. 93-113
Published by: Board of Regents of the University System by and on behalf of Georgia College and State University
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Obreht's Inland

Robert Thurman on the Bardo: podcasts

Robertson Davies' novel: Murther & Walking Spirits

Saunder's: Lincoln in the Bardo

IMDB Adrian Lyne's Jacob's Ladder

The Camel Corps:

Chapter Author(s): Annelies van Noortwijk
Book Title: Female Authorship and the Documentary Image Book Subtitle: Theory, Practice and Aesthetics
Book Editor(s): Boel Ulfsdotter, Anna Backman Rogers Published by: Edinburgh University Press. (2018)

Chapter Title: "The Western: Genre and History"
Book Title: Film Genre
Book Subtitle: Hollywood and Beyond
Book Author(s): Barry Langford
Published by: Edinburgh University Press. (2005)
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Sunday Q&A - 4/19

Tea Obreht’s novel is challenging to read. It can be both realistic and hallucinogenic, with a postmodern take on the genre fiction of immigration and the Western. I’ll present some background issues that can help prepare you take on the book, or finish it. This time I really have to mind the spoilers!

Here's a link to and audio recording of our discussion:

Sunday Q&A - 4/19 - Inland

Summer Preview - Lit21

Here's a preview of our reading list for Summer, with a link to the online catalog entry:

Literature for the 21st Century

Readings include: Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black; Richard Powers’s The Overstory; Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men; James Kelman’s That Was a Shiver, and Other Stories; Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights; Joy Harjo’s An American Sunrise; and Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other. Please read Washington Black prior to the first class.