Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline

Summer reading I’ve been so excited to get to; also, prep for a trip to Japan! And because I just got back from the Ithaca booksale and have all these wonders sitting on my desk, and because the process of checking boxes off on a list is probably my greatest pleasure in life. So, Matthew, here is your summer syllabus: Criticism/theory, in this order: 1. Jonathan Culler, The Pursuit of Signs. 2. D.T. Suzuki, Zen and Japanese Culture 3. Thomas Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite 4. Heidegger, Being and Time (again)5. Harold Bloom, The Anxiety of Influence6. Jonathan Culler, On Deconstruction7….

To Do List

“The Turn of the Screw,” Henry James“The Illiad,” Homer – again“The Magic Mountain,” Thomas Mann“The Odyssey,” Homer – again And onto revisiting Virgil’s Aenied and Ovid’s Metamorphoses… Onwards. (Backwards?)

To Do List

“The Turn of the Screw,” Henry James“The Illiad,” Homer – again“The Magic Mountain,” Thomas Mann“The Odyssey,” Homer – again And onto revisiting Virgil’s Aenied and Ovid’s Metamorphoses… Onwards. (Backwards?)

Current project: Epic poetry

Revisiting the epics, and filling some gaps. Paradise Lost, for example. Kill me. c. forever ago: The Epic of Gilgamesh. [CHECK] c. 800-600 BC: The Iliad, Homer. Fitzgerald trans. (Reread) c. 800-600 BC: The Odyssey, Homer. Fitzgerald trans. (Reread) c. 100 BC: The Aeneid, Virgil.c. 100 AD: Metamorphoses, Ovid.c. 8th-10th century: Beowulf (Reread)11th century: The Song of Roland [CHECK] 12th century: The Nibelungenlied [CHECK] 14th century: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight14th century: The Divine Comedy, Dante. (Reread)1667: Paradise Lost, John Milton.1806: Faust, Goethe. (Reread)1874: Idylls of the King, Alfred Lord Tennyson. And then I want to revisit everything Shakespeare…

Current project: Epic poetry

Revisiting the epics, and filling some gaps. Paradise Lost, for example. Kill me. c. forever ago: The Epic of Gilgamesh. [CHECK] c. 800-600 BC: The Iliad, Homer. Fitzgerald trans. (Reread) [CHECK] c. 800-600 BC: The Odyssey, Homer. Fitzgerald trans. (Reread) [CHECK] c. 100 BC: The Aeneid, Virgil. [CHECK]c. 100 AD: Metamorphoses, Ovid. [CHECK]c. 8th-10th century: Beowulf (Reread) [STILL NEEDED]11th century: The Song of Roland [CHECK] 12th century: The Nibelungenlied [CHECK] 14th century: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight [STILL NEEDED]14th century: The Divine Comedy, Dante. (Reread) [CHECK]1667: Paradise Lost, John Milton. [CHECK!]1806: Faust, Goethe. (Reread)1874: Idylls of the King, Alfred…

To Do

Sigh. / Excitement. Finals are over…. Time to make new To Do lists. Here’s a good one: Books I need to read, in order of publication date. 1840s – Tales, Edgar Allen Poe (reread) — Done1847 – Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte1847 – Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte1847 – Vanity Fair, William Thackeray1874 – Middlemarch, George Eliot1881 – The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James1890 – The Portrait of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde — Done1891 – Tess of D’Ubervilles, Thomas Hardy1895 – The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane1897 – Dracula, Bram Stoker — Done1900 – Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreisser1902 – The…

To Do

Sigh. / Excitement. Finals are over…. Time to make new To Do lists. Here’s a good one: Books I need to read, in order of publication date. 1840s – Tales, Edgar Allen Poe (reread) — Done1847 – Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte1847 – Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte1847 – Vanity Fair, William Thackeray1874 – Middlemarch, George Eliot1881 – The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James1890 – The Portrait of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde — Done1891 – Tess of D’Ubervilles, Thomas Hardy1895 – The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane1897 – Dracula, Bram Stoker — Done1900 – Sister Carrie, Theodore Dreisser1902 – The…