From Boswell to Wordsworth

Here's a link to the Boswell lecture by Borges. Enjoy!

https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2013/07/28/lecture-johnson-and-boswell/

And now that you've made it through Boswell, Wordsworth is a breeze! While I've listed The Prelude as our main reading, try including the following additional poems and the prose Preface to Lyrical Ballads if you have them in your edition. (Parenthetical references are to the page number in the Oxford Classics edition, except for The Prelude, as noted below.)

The Ruined Cottage (31)

We Are Seven (83)

Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey (131)

"Strange fits of passion I have known" (148)

Lucy Gray (149)

To Joanna (201)

"There is an Eminence,--of these our hills" (203)

"The world is too much with us" (270)

She was a Phantom of delight (292)

Ode ("There was a time") (297)

"I wandered lonely as a Cloud" (303)

The Solitary Reaper (319)

Mutability (353)

The Prelude (375) - the following references are to Book and Line numbers within The Prelude

Book 1: 169-176; 227-304; 490-501; 648-674

Book 2, 69-78; 122-144; 170-193; 208-236; 348-395

Book 3, 69-81; 106-194; 392-407

Book 4: 33-34; 68-83; 140-180; 311-345

Book 5, 198-222; 575-629

Book 6, 253-256; 261-331

Book 7, 117-120; 145-204; 593-623; 645-696

Book 8, 62-82; 689-710; 347-390

Book 9, 1-17; 40-62; 170-177; 397-414; 642-645

Book 10, 197-201; 307-566; 627-629; 722-726

Book 11, 1-41; 138-149; 195-396

Book 12, 15-51; 69-93; 126-277

Book 13, 1-84; 120-122; 149-210; 268-278; 332-350; 386-452

Preface to Lyrical Ballads (595)


Selections for Boswell's Life of Johnson

Here are suggested readings for our discussion of Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson. Page numbers correspond to the Penguin Classics edition, edited by David Womersley, with years in brackets.

Don't panic! If one section doesn't grab you, move on to the next and explore in between. Much of the experience is in immersing yourself in Boswell's voice and method. Notice what he is noticing and consider why he chose to remember and include what he did. We learn much about Boswell himself, Johnson, and their times.

Pages:

19-21, 24-25 [1709], 38-39 [1726-28], 44 [1729], 48-49 [1732], 57-61 [1736-37], 68-69 [1738], 83-84 [1739]

104-06 [1747], 131-36 [1752], 139-43 [1754], 159-65 [1755-56], 169-79 [1756-58]

199-200 [1762], 204-11 [1765], 215-23, 226-29, 233-38, 244-52 [1763-64], 254-55 [1764], 257-60 [1765], 276-77 [1766], 281-85 [1767], 292-95 [1768]

304-06 [1769], 315, 342-45 [1772], 350-51, 369-74 [1773], 383-87, 397-99

400-12 [1773-74], 420-27 [1775], 435-47, 483 [1776]

502-11 [1776], 521-24, 533-57, 563-65, 574-81 [1777]

610-25, 629-33, 646-51 [1778], 655-58, 677-82, 685-99

700-10, 727-40 [1779], 749-50 [1780], 767-74, 781-86 [1781]

819-24, 849-57 [1782-83], 863-72 [1783]

916-18 [1784], 944-50, 999-1006


Romance of the Rose Selections

Welcome and great to see you all back! Here are initial selections for our discussion of The Romance of the Rose. I've used general line numbers since you all may be using different editions, and the English translation is becoming harder to find in print. 

The key selections for The Romance of the Rose are:
  • All of Part I (lines 1 - 4058); and 
  • For Part II, Discourse of Reason (lines 4059 - 7230)
From here on you can (optionally) concentrate on:
  • Nature's Confession (lines 15891-19438)
  • Genius's Solution (lines 19439-20703)
  • Venus's Conflagration and the Winning of the Rose (lines 20704-21780)

Teju Cole

To follow up on our discussion, you can find an outline of Prof. H. Mark Roelofs' concept of the Confessional Life archived on this blog, here: The Confessional Life

James Wood's key review of Open City in the New Yorker: "The Arrival of Enigmas"

Here is the recent article I mentioned by Teju Cole, on the topic of translation, at New York Review of Books: Carrying a Single Life: On Literature and Translation

Teju Cole Interview: My Looking Became Sacred (YouTube): https://youtu.be/71JZEWGtAm4

Teju Cole on Open City - The John Adams Institute (YouTube): https://youtu.be/CySelcG7C30

The Leonard Lopate Show Book Club: Teju Cole Open City (YouTube): https://youtu.be/W8Qf0Iohtos

Here is the magnificent photo book by Teju Cole and Fazal Sheikh, Human Archipelago (image links to Amazon):

 


Summer 2019 Literature for the 21st Century

Here is our updated reading list for the Summer! We'll be reading these in the order listed.

  • Julian Barnes, The Only Story
  • Emily Fridlund, History of Wolves
  • Tommy Orange, There There
  • Teju Cole, Open City
  • Sophie Calle, True Stories: Sixth Edition
  • Pat Barker, The Silence of the Girls
  • Patti Smith, Devotion

Looking forward ...


Decameron & Kalevala links & Salamis maps

I will be focusing continuing comments on the the stories from Day 1, Story 1; Day 4, Stories 1 & 4; and Day 10, Story 10.

In the meantime, here are links for Pasolini's take on the Decameron:

NY Times (1971)

Wikipedia article

Google search for clips online

And for Sibelius on the Kalevala: 

Google search results for passages online

Maps found by Jon (thanks!):

IMG_20190209_162840 IMG_20190209_163308

 


Selections for the Decameron

The Decameron
If you're strapped for time, concentrate on the asterisked selections!

  • *Prologue
  • First Day: stories 1, 2 & 3
  • Second Day: stories 5, 7 & 9
  • *Third Day: stories 1, 9 & 10
  • *Fourth Day: stories 1, 5 & 9
  • Fifth Day: stories 8, 9 & 10
  • Sixth Day: stories 4, 7, 9 & 10
  • Seventh Day: stories 2, 8 & 9
  • Eight Day: stories 3, 5 & 7
  • Ninth Day: stories 2, 3, 6 & 9
  • *Tenth Day 10: story 2, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 10
  • Epilogue

Enjoy!