Shakespeare's Kings and Frame story links

A few links to follow up on our recent discussions:

Shakespeare's English Kings - Peter Saccio's informative and engaging book is a helpful companion to the History Plays.

Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare - Asimov's multidimensional approach to the plays is helpful in providing accessible context.

Chimes at Midnight - Orson Welles as Falstaff (need more be said?). We'll discuss Falstaff in much more detail next session.

Frame story - We mentioned the Canterbury Tales and One Thousand and One Nights. This Wikipedia articles lists many more.


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!):

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Salamis

For more on Salamis, consider these items:

Even though this satellite image was generated for other purposes, it shows the key area where the battle occurred and really conveys how narrow the straits are. The area in the centered square is where much of the fighting took place.

DLR Earth Observation Center

You might also enjoy this website to follow up on the Battle of Salamis and related topics:

https://www.ancient.eu/salamis/

And for additional reading, see Barry Strauss' book:

The Battle of Salamis: The Naval Encounter That Saved Greece -- And Western Civilaztion


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!


Kalevala selections

The structure of the Kalevala as composed by Elias Lonnrot is a topic in and of itself. The following selections emphasize essential themes of creation and art, which I recommend as central to our discussion. The Kalevala is also rich in epic themes of vengeance, rivalry, courtship (Cantos 18 - 19), contests and adventures (Cantos 26 - 27), and the supernatural, including an apocalyptic war and restoration of the world (Cantos 43 - 49), and bear fights! So, I suggest you sample additional Cantos as your reading time permits.

Cantos 1 & 2: creation

Cantos 6 - 10: forging the Sampo

Cantos 16 - 17: the journey to the underworld

Cantos 37 - 38: forging a wife

Cantos 39 - 42: theft and music

Canto 50: the birth


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)