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Appreciating Form in Books and Movies

A Newberry Library Adult Education Seminar This seminar offers a lively survey of some of the artistic techniques, styles, innovations, and traditions that we encounter everyday. Through literary excerpts, film clips, lectures, and discussion, our sessions will explore the importance, in fiction and film, of a good beginning, the depiction of characters’ thoughts and feelings, […]

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Essentials of Literary and Film Theory

A Newberry Library Adult Education Seminar This seminar, scheduled for the winter/spring 2020 term, is now concluded. This seminar offers a lively survey of literary and film theory basics. Through literary excerpts, film clips, lecture, and discussion, our sessions will explore how writers, filmmakers, philosophers, and artists—from Plato to Toni Morrison—help us appreciate the importance […]

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Literary Theory

“The Notorious Jumping Reader of Calaveras County: Twain, Blanchot, and a Dialectic of Storytelling.” The Midwest Quarterly 49.4 (2008): 374-87. “Drowning Martin Eden’s Ideological Aesthetic.” Guowai Wenxue (Foreign Literatures, Beijing) 66 (1997): 19-27. English version. Notes for Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary theory. (New York: Oxford, 1988). Notes for Fredric Jameson’s The Political Unconscious: […]

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China/Tibet Studies

Articles, Book Chapters, and Other Writings Newly Posted: Review: Ballad of the Himalayas, by Ma Yuan. Translated by Herbert J. Batt. MerwinAsia, 2011. Conference essay: “Ma Yuan’s Tibetan Stories: Apostrophizing the Catastrophe.” Archive: “Placing Tibetan Fiction in a World of Literary Studies: Jamyang Norbu’s The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes.” Modern Tibetan Literature and Social Change. Eds. Lauran R. Hartley […]

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism

by Steven J. Venturino Alpha Books/Penguin/DK, 2013 Used in colleges and college-prep courses in the US, AS/A2 prep in the UK, and by interested readers and writers everywhere. Paperback and e-book available at IndieBound.org, Amazon, and your invaluable local library. Authoritative. Helpful. Funny. . . . You’ll see. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Literary Theory and […]