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


Sunday Q&A - 7/26 - Recording & Links

Here is the audio as well as links to referenced articles and video:

Audio: Sunday Q&A 20200726 audio

Bernadine Evaristo video at: https://literacytrust.org.uk

Maureen Corrigan review at NPR:

Waterstones interview:

New York Times: Looking at Epic Poetry

Aeon: Nostalgia reimagined

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Books

LA Times: Elena Ferrante interview

NY Times on Zadie Smith: Intimations


Sunday Q&A - 7/12 - and resources for Flights

Sunday Q&A - 7/12/2020 audio

 

Poems referenced:

Ithaka, Cavafy

Ulysses, Tennyson

Canto 26, Inferno, Dante

 

Olga Tokarczuk video/interviews:

 

https://youtu.be/efyBd1JPk1g

https://youtu.be/NtRu30jwZuk

https://youtu.be/0o_clmBrpQs

https://youtu.be/0jnge9K9moI

https://youtu.be/P7GRC8xfE9A

 

Flights - print reviews:

New Yorker

NY Times

The Guardian

Washington Post

 


Sunday Q&A 7/5 and more on Kelman

Hi all, here is the audio of our Q&A in which we discussed Kelman, with video clips, copied below, and concluded with a discussion on McCarthy.

Sunday Q&A audio

Kelman interview and reading:

Keep in mind that Kelman often writes a stream of consciousness with the shape of thought. An influence is Samuel Beckett. See this clip of Beckett's "Not I" with comments by actor Billie Whitelaw:


Some Context for Kelman

If you're struggling a bit with James Kelman's, That Was a Shiver, these articles and videos provide some context:

A review from The Guardian

Article and Interview, also The Guardian

TEDx talk about Scots language and experience

Gang culture in Glasgow

On the role of race and ethnicity in gang membership, see this article Changing Course

On a lighter note, two language oriented comedy sketches:

Elevator Recognition

Pub Patter