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!
The Blue Guitar
- The Wallace Stevens poem excerpts that we read from in class.
- The 1937 Stevens poem as printed in Poetry.
- The Picasso painting The Old Guitarist from the Art Institute of Chicago.
- David Tannenbaum playing Michael Tippet's "The Blue Guitar".
- Of the reviews of Banville's book, I've found this one in The Telegraph closer to our discussion.
- Following our discussion, here is Robert Wilson's Hamlet: A Monologue.
- The Making of the Monologue.
- As for the conceit of the smart, sarcastic "youth," don't forget Stewie from Family Guy.
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Tues. 10-11.40 a.m., June 6-Aug. 1 (8 sessions). No class July 4
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
The BBC version on YouTube with Helen Mirren:
Bergner and Olivier (1936):
Documentary with Fiona Shaw by the Open University:
A taste of production at the Globe:
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Listen to the first page of the Völuspá from the Poetic Edda in both the Terry and the Hollander translations.