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 a lighter note, two language oriented comedy sketches:

Elevator Recognition

Pub Patter

Sunday Q&A - 6/28 & Additional links

Here is the audio of our Sunday Q&A for 6/28, as well as additional links related to our class and discussions.

Sunday Q&A - 6/28 - Audio

Hal Foster, The Anti-Aesthetic

William James:

A well composed article by Maria Popova on William James' and Transcendent Experience

The Varieties of Religious Experience - a PDF download from Project Gutenberg

Ralph Waldo Emerson:

Emerson, "Nature" (about 2/3rds of the way in you'll find the "transparent eyeball" quotation

Emerson's Transparent Eyeball, an article by Lois M. Eveleth

Rudolf Otto:

Wikipedia entry

The Idea of the Holy

Summary of the Otto's concept of the "numinous"

More links related to The Overstory

Richard Powers—PBS video clip

Barbara Kingsolver, NY Times

The Atlantic

The Guardian

Suzanne Simard—TED Talk

Diana Beresford-Kroeger—Call of the Forest

Peter Wohlleben—The Hidden Life of Trees

Video clip—


Robert Adams—Cottonwoods

Thich Nhat Hanh—Interbeing

Christopher Collins—Cognitive Modes

The Overstory -- Links and Resources

Hello Everyone,

Here are links to related to our recent discussion on The Overstory including various references I made during our session. Hope you find them useful. More to follow over the weekend ...

Yves Bonnefoy, Poetry and Photography (about how photography relates to change and time)

Yggdrasil (the mythological World Tree)

The Peregrine by J.A. Baker (a masterpiece of writing about the natural world)

The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich (a novel structured through linking stories of individual characters over time, including Windigo Dog)

Homer (one of the most epic of all epic similes -- from the Iliad)
Just as is the generation of leaves, so also is that of men.
Some leaves the wind spills to the ground, but others the burgeoning wood grows anew, and the springtime comes again. Thus one generation of men grows, another passes away.
(Il. 6.146–49)

The Homecoming (the glass of water - at about 3 minutes into the clip)


Sunday Q&A - 5/31

I wasn't able to record our Zoom session, but I have compiled a list of authors we discussed, along with additions. You'll also find two links: one to an interesting article on LitHub about expanding the canon of Black writers, and links to the podcast I referenced during our session. 

Chinua Achebe, Chiamanda Ngozi Adichie, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Gwendolyn Brooks, Jericho Brown, Octavia Butler, Edwidge Danticat, W.E.B Du Bois, Ralph Ellison, Alex Haley, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Marlon James, Naguib Mahfouz, Toni Morrison, Helen Oyeyemi, Claudia Rankine, Tayeb Salih, Zadie Smith, Natasha Tretheway, Derek Walcott, Alice Walker, Jesmyn Ward, Colson Whitehead, John Edgar Wideman, Richard Wright

And consider this article posted at LitHub:

Toward an Expanded Canon of Black Literature

The panel discussion I mention from Stanford Humanities Center (first link is to the website, the second is to the same as a podcast):

Representations of Race and Ethnicity in Art and Literature

Sunday Q&A - 5/24

This Memorial Day Weekend, we considered the theme of memory in literature. Here are links to the recordings:

Audio Sunday Q&A 5/24

Video Sunday Q&A 5/24 

Here also are links to items referenced:

The Poet's Dictionary, William Packard

The Art of Poetry Writing, William Packard

Ubi sunt (Wikipedia entry)

Mnemosyne (Wikipedia entry)

Anagnorisis (Wikipedia entry)

Proust, Excerpt from Remembrance of Things Past