Category Archives: Course Readings

Against Metaphor

An essay, by Alain Robbe-Grillet, on the hazards of metaphor. Advertisements

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“things that are poetic merely by implying a destiny”

“Sometimes the autobiographical, personal substance, like a heart beating deep, disappears behind the accidents that incarnate it. There are occasional compositions or lines that are inexplicably pleasing: their images barely approximate, are never to the point; the story they tell … Continue reading

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Quotation and reference in Lydia Davis’s “The Walk”

In “The Walk,” Lydia Davis refers to a review of her translation of Swan’s Way, volume one of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. She also compares a passage from her translation with C.K. Scott Montkrieff’s canonical translation of … Continue reading

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Readings for 10/18

UPDATE: The Lydia Davis story is now in pdf, and is a bit more readable. For Monday, your key readings are this and the short Borges piece. We’ll focus on these for discussion. We’ll be drawing from the Pickles and … Continue reading

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Handout for 9-20-10

Hey everyone, Here is a handout for today, featuring “Myrtle,” a poem by John Ashbery (originally published in And the Stars Were Shining; it’s been included in a number of anthologies, including Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems) as … Continue reading

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Reading for Monday, Sept 20

Hi everyone, Here are a number of readings for our class. There is, first, an improved copy of The Architecture of Continents, a chapter from Lewis and Wigen’s The Myth of Continents. Next are chapters seven through nine of How to … Continue reading

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Reading for Monday, September 13

Hey everyone, I’ve made a PDF of the reading for our next class, The Architecture of Continents. It’s the first chapter from a book called The Myth of Continents, by Martin W. Lewis and Kären E. Wigen. Please let us know … Continue reading

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Resources for our first assignment

Here are some resources that might be helpful as you begin work on the first assignment. First, some books (if any of these look useful, let us know, and we can meet with you to let you borrow them): 1. … Continue reading

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Review of Harley

Here is a review of J.B. Harley’s work. The review also discusses Denis Cosgrove’s book Apollo’s Eye: A Cartographic Genealogy of the Earth in the Western Imagination, which people might be interested in reading. The review was published in the London Review … Continue reading

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