Coming up to Kerouac

Here is a link to the Original Scroll:

On the Road: The Original Scroll

The book I highly recommended in class to consider reading along with On the Road, is the following collection of Allen Ginsberg’s lectures on the Beats:

The Best Minds of My Generation: A Literary History of the Beats

Another great work to consider is Robert Frank’s seminal photobook (Kerouac wrote the Introduction):

The Americans

More resources to come, especially on the influence of music and eastern traditions.


Preview of recommended editions

For those of you looking to get a head start on next semester, here are a few recommended editions of our upcoming books:

Aeschylus, Persians, translated by Lembke and Herrington (Greek Tragedy in New Translations / Oxford UP)

Elias Lonnrot, The Kalevala, translated by Keith Bosley (Oxford World Classics)

Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron, translated by G. H. McWilliam (Penguin Classics)

Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I, edited by Mowat and Werstine (Folger Library / Simon & Schuster)

George Eliot, Silas Marner, edited by David Carroll (Penguin Classics)

John Steinbeck, East of Eden, intro by David Wyatt (Penguin Classics)

Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony (Penguin Classics)

Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day (Vintage)


Lit 21 Summer 2018

Ready to get started! Here is our reading schedule for the Summer:

June 5 Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing

        New domesticity and the focus on family dynamics in fiction.

June 12 Naomi Alderman, The Power

       The role of speculative fiction in representations of gender.

June 19 Min Jin Lee, Pachinko

        Recasting the historical epic through Japanese Korean culture.

June 26 John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

        Utilizing genre fiction to directly engage the subject mental illness .

July 3 Gabriel Tallent, My Absolute Darling

        Redefining the stakes and boundaries of new culture wars.

July 10 Jeffrey Eugenides, Fresh Complaint

        Re-examining the short story in contemporary fiction in the absence of theme.

July 17 Ali Smith, Winter

        Allegory and the fantastic at the edges of the novel.

July 24 George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo

        The state of the "experimental novel" and traditional notions of the "in between."


Fall 2018 Reading List

Hello all and thanks for such an enjoyable and enriching semester. Many thanks for your generosity!

Following is the reading list for Fall 2018 with recommended editions and translations:

  1. Euripides, Ion, Helen, Orestes, trans. Svarlien (Hackett)
  2. Dante, Paradiso, trans. Hollander (Anchor)
  3. Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, ed. Mowat (Folger)
  4. Eliot, Adam Bede, ed. Reynolds (Penguin Classics)
  5. Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents, ed. Strachey (Norton)
  6. Kerouac, On the Road, (Penguin)
  7. Allende, The House of the Spirits (Atria)
  8. Morrison, Love (Vintage)

Scheduled Readings for Spring 2018

If you're planning on doing some advance reading, here is our upcoming schedule for Brilliant Minds, Spring 2018. Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Feb 6 - Sappho, Poems
Feb 13 & 20 - Augustine, Confessions
Feb 27 - Murasaki, The Tale of Genji
Mar 6 - Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Mar 13 - Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France
Mar 20 - Huong, Spring Essence
Mar 27 & Apr 3 - Pushkin, Eugene Onegin
Apr 10 - Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Apr 17 - Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March
Apr 24 - Roy, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness


Spring 2018 Book List

Here's the list of upcoming books for Spring 2018!

  1. Sappho, Poems
  2. Augustine, Confessions
  3. Murasaki, The Tale of Genji
  4. Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
  5. Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France
  6. Huong, Spring Essence
  7. Pushkin, Eugene Onegin
  8. Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
  9. Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March
  10. Roy, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness

(editions to be announced)