Welcome to Brilliant Minds

A companion site for courses by Peter Arcese on classics, contemporary literature, and the arts ... Here you will find items related to our readings and discussions ... Ideas, images, background information, suggested readings, bibliographies, and notes on related performances, all find a presence here ... Enjoy your reading and check back regularly for new posts!


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As we get ready for the Summer Session, let me thank you all for your generosity! I'll be updating the design of this site to be more mobile-friendly and responsive. More to come!


Summer is back to Tuesdays

Our summer class, LITR1-CE9054001, Literature for the 21st Century is back to Tuesdays:

Tues. 10-11.40 a.m., June 6-Aug. 1 (8 sessions). No class July 4

Registration

The reading selections are:

All That Man Is: A Novel, by David Szalay

Swing Time, by Zadie Smith

The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

Thus Bad Begins: A Novel, by Javier Marías

Falling Awake: Poems, by Alice Oswald

Nutshell: A Novel, by Ian McEwan

The Blue Guitar, by John Banville

The Argonauts, by Maggie Nelson


Resources for the Poetic Edda

I highly recommend Patricia Terry's  translation as a companion to the Hollander edition. Not as readily available, but used and new editions are listed through Amazon. Easy to get the Kindle edition and the Audible Audio. Well worth it in my opinion:

 

Here is a clip from the Audio of the Terry translation:

 

Also, I highly recommend a contemporary (just released) retelling of selected sections by Neil Gaiman:

 

The Völuspá as sung in Icelandic:

 

Here is a clip of Werner Herzog reading the "Catalogue of Dwarves":