Literature for the 21st Century - Summer 2022

Here is the list for our Summer reading!

Wild Swims, by Dorthe Nors

The Committed, by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth: New and Selected Poems, 2001-2021, by Yusef Komunyakaa

In Memory of Memory, by Maria Stepanova 

Walking on Cowrie Shells, by Nana Nkweti

Sea of Tranquility: A novel, by Emily St. John Mandel 


Klara and the Sun links

Klara and the Sun links:

A Humanoid Who Cares For Humans, From the Mind of Kazuo Ishiguro (NYTimes review)

'Klara And The Sun' Is A Masterpiece About Life, Love And Mortality  (NPR review)

The Radiant Inner Life of a Robot (Atlantic review) 

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro review – another masterpiece (Guardian review) 

Bomb Under the Table: On Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Klara and the Sun”  (LA Review of Books)

Kazuo Ishiguro on Klara and the Sun (Video/Waterstones)

Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro on his new book, Klara and the Sun (Video/Kennys)

Kazuo Ishiguro talks about ‘Klara and the Sun,’ ‘GMA’s’ March Book Club pick (Video/ABC News)

Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation with Kate Mosse for World Book Night (Video/British Library)

Kazuo Ishiguro: A Nobel Novelist Searches for Hope | The Agenda (Video)

Nobel Lecture: Kazuo Ishiguro, Nobel Prize in Literature 2017 (Video) 

Ishiguro and AI:

Kazuo Ishiguro Uses Artificial Intelligence to Reveal the Limits of Our Own (The New Yorker)

Kazuo Ishiguro thinks artificial intelligence could replace human novelists (Literary Hub)

Kazuo Ishiguro: 'AI, gene-editing, big data ... I worry we are not in control of these things any more' (Guardian) 

Klara and the Sun Imagines a Social Schism Driven by AI (Wired)

Nobel author Kazuo Ishiguro on artificial intelligence, and what it means to be human (CBC)

The Books Briefing: Boundaries Between Humans and Machines Are Vanishing (Atlantic)

The impact of artificial intelligence on human love - Kazuo Ishiguro (Channel 4)

Nobel-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro on artificial intelligence and love  (Channel 4)

Kazuo Ishiguro: ‘When AI is writing our constitutions we should worry’ I FT (Financial Times)


Spring 2022 - Reading List

Sophocles, Philoctetes, trans. Meineck (Hackett Classics) 

Seamus Heaney, The Cure at Troy (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Plautus, The Pot of Gold, in Four Comedies, trans. Segal (Oxford UP)

Molière, The Miser, trans. Wood & Coward (Penguin Classics)

Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale, eds. Mowat & Werstine (Folger)

Jeanette Winterson, The Gap of Time (Hogarth)

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, ed. Davies (Penguin Classics)

Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea, intro. Danticat (Norton) 


Suite Française

Here are links related to our recent discussion of Irène Némirovsky's Suite Française:

Aristotle: Poetics 9

Heath, Malcolm. “The Universality of Poetry in Aristotle’s Poetics.” The Classical Quarterly, vol. 41, no. 2, Cambridge University Press, 1991, pp. 389–402, http://www.jstor.org/stable/638907.

David Golder, The Ball, Snow in Autumn, The Courilof Affair

Fire in the Blood

The Mirador: Dreamed Memories of Irene Nemirovsky by her Daughter

A Strange and Beautiful Book About a Mother Who Disappeared

Franz Werfel:

Pale Blue Ink in a Lady's Hand

Eine blaßblaue Frauenschrift

 


Thinking of Marie de France

For our upcoming session, I suggest you read "Guigemar" and "Yönec." Then, consider these groupings:

  • Le Chaitivel, Bisclavret, Equitan
  • Lanval, Le Fresne, Eliduc
  • Milun, Laüstic, Chevrefoil, Les Deux Amanz
The Lais were meant to be heard -- here is a link to an audiobook version available from Audible:
 
Readings of Lanval & Yönec:

 

In addition, here are two great resources you can use to prepare for our reading and discussion of the Lais of Marie de France:

British Library:

https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/the-lays-and-fables-of-marie-de-france

Kathy Krause:

https://middleagesforeducators.princeton.edu/“lais”-marie-de-france

Cite:

Krause, Kathy. “The Lais of Marie de France,” Middle Ages for Educators, April 10, 2020. Accessed[date]. https://middleagesforeducators.princeton.edu/node/266/


More on James Baldwin

Film versions

Go Tell It On the Mountain

If Beale Street Could Talk (Trailer)

 

Articles 

Slavery and Revenge, John Kerrigan

James Baldwin and Chinua Achebe’s Forgotten Conversation About Beauty, Morality, and the Political Power of Art

THE DAY I FINALLY MET BALDWIN, Chinua Achebe

Letter From A Region In My Mind

The Glow from The Fire Next Time

 

Talks

Eddie S. Glaude Jr., As Much Truth as We Can Bear: James Baldwin and Our America

Achebe and Baldwin (audio)

Reading James Baldwin Now

Baldwin on the Dick Cavett Show