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


Sunday Q&A - 9/20 & Additional links

Here is a Sunday Q&A recording and a few additional links related to our reading of Ovid--

Audio recording for our recent Sunday Q&A - 9/20

Two great books on Roman religion:

Scheid, An Introduction to Roman Religion

Beard, Religions of Rome

A novel imagining Ovid's life in exile:

Malouf's, An Imaginary Life


Reading Selections for Ovid

Our first session of the Fall Semester is coming up! These are recommended selections, the "not to be missed" sections that will form the basis for our class discussions of Ovid's Metamorphoses. Prioritize reading the complete books noted below in boldface. If you have time for more reading, read the selected stories from the other books as noted. Of course, read straight through if you have the time and inclination. References are to the new, annotated Rolfe Humphries editions (Indiana UP).

Book One, complete

Book Two, The Story of Phaeton; The Story of Raven; Europa

Book Three, complete

Book Four, The Story of Pyramus and Thisbe; The End of Cadmus; The Story of Perseus

Book Six, complete

Book Seven, The Story of Jason and Medea

Book Eight, The Story of Daedalus and Icarus; The Calydonian Boar; The Story of Baucis and Philemon

Book Nine, The Story of Hercules, Nessus, and Deianira; The Story of Hercules' Birth

Book Ten, complete

Book Eleven, The Death of Orpheus; The Story of Midas; The Building of the Walls of Troy; The Story of Thetis

Book Twelve, The Invasion of Troy; Story of the Battle with the Centaurs

Book Thirteen, complete

Book Fourteen, The Deification of Aeneas; Legendary History of Rome; Pomono and Vertumnus

Book Fifteen, complete