Saturday, November 21, 2009

The English 1B Book Club

For the curious, these are the books I'll be using in my English 1B class @ Foothill College this winter. The class, as you can see from the list, will examine artistic representations of erotic love.

The Symposiumby Plato, translated by Alexander Nehamas & Paul Woodruff

The Satyriconby Petronius, translated by William Arrowsmith

Romeo and Julietthe Arden edition

Love Poems: Everyman's Library Pocket Poets

Giovanni's Roomby James Baldwin

A Sport and a Pastimeby James Salter

Fool for Love, by Sam Shepard

The Unbearable Lightness of Beingby Milan Kundera

Break It Down: Storiesby Lydia Davis

Those are the assigned texts. I'll also ask the students to listen to Blood on the Tracks. I guess we'll watch a movie, too—perhaps the old Zeffirelli Romeo and Julietif only to gaze for a while upon the luminous beauty of Olivia Hussey.

Also, we'll read excerpts from The Double Flame: Love and Eroticismby Octavio Paz, at least one essay by Cynthia Ozick ("The Din in the Head"), and passages from Literature and the Godsby Roberto Calasso.

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