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Literary Nites 2017-18

Having the Time of Our Life With the Times of Their Lives:
Biography and Literature
September 26    
Sam Solecki: "The painter may be in hell, but painting Is still heaven": Julian Bell's Van Gogh: A Power Seething

Texts: Julian Bell: Van Gogh: A Power Seething. Supplementary readings TBA


Sam Solecki is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Toronto. His books include Prague Blues: The Fiction of Josef Skvorecky; Beyond Remembering: The Collected Poems of Al Purdy; and Ragas of Longing: The Poetry of Michael Ondaatje. Recently published: A Truffaut Notebook. His current project is a series of interconnected essays on the Etruscans in the Western Imagination 1760.
November  7
Garry Leonard: "Like a Cat I Have Nine Times to Die": Reading Between the Lives of Sylvia Plath

Texts: Sylvia Plath: The Bell Jar; Janet Malcolm: The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Others TBA


Garry Leonard, Professor of English at U of T, is widely published on James Joyce, Comp Lit, and Cultural Studies. His current project is Making it Now: Modernism, Modernity and Cinema. With his wife Deirdre Flynn, he has coauthored Where All the Ladders Start: 20th Century Western Culture in Literature and Film and When Harry Met Godzilla: How Hollywood Genres Hold the Key to Your Personality. He has also written a novel entitled Proxy.

December   5
Melba Cuddy-Keane: Whose Lives? Virginia Woolf, Eccentric Biographies, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Dog!

Texts: Virginia Woolf: Flush; Selections TBA from Hermione Lee, Virginia Woolf, and others


Melba Cuddy-Keane is Emerita Professor, University of Toronto. A noted Virginia Woolf scholar and former President of both the International Virginia Woolf Society and the Modernist Studies Association, she was featured in 2011 as a Woman of Influence in the U of T BulletinMelba Cuddy-Keane is Emerita Professor, University of Toronto. A noted Virginia Woolf scholar and former President of both the International Virginia Woolf Society and the Modernist Studies Association, she was featured in 2011 as a Woman of Influence in the U of T Bulletin. link
April            3
Ted Goossen: The Last Samurai: Seppuku and Self-Love in the Work and Life of Yukio Mishima

Text: John Nathan: Mishima: A Biography. Film: Mishima: A Life, directed by Paul Schrader. Supplementary: Yukio Mishima: Runaway Horses


Professor Theodore (Ted) Goossen is professor of Humanities at York University and a founding member of the Department of Contemporary Literary Studies at the University of Tokyo. He has written extensively on Japanese literature and film, and has published translations by numerous authors including Hiromi Kawakami, Yoko Ogawa, Naoya Shiga, and Haruki Murakami. He is editor of The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories and is presently coeditor, with Motoyuki Shibata, of the literary journal Monkey Business International. His translations of Murakami’s first two major works, Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973, were published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2015. He is presently translating Murakami's, most recent novel, Killing Commendatore, due to appear in the fall of 2018.
May
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Rosemary Sullivan: Biography and Narrative Non-Fiction: Recounting the Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Stalin's Daughter
Text: Rosemary Sullivan: Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva
Rosemary Sullivan is professor emeritus at the University of Toronto. Her 14 books include the critically acclaimed Villa Bel-Air: World War II, Escape and a House in Marseille and Labyrinth of Desire: Women, Passion and Romantic Desire. Shadow Maker, her biography of Gwendolyn MacEwen, won the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction. She has been the recipient of Guggenheim, Trudeau, and Jackman Fellowships and was awarded the Lorne Pierce Medal by the Royal Society for her contributions to Literature and Culture. Her latest book, Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva has received much critical acclaim! In 2012 she became an Officer of the Order of Canada.
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T
uesday, December 5, 2017

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Professor Melba Cuddy-Keane

Whose Lives? Virginia Woolf, Eccentric Biographies, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Dog!

Texts: Virginia Woolf: Flush; Selections from Hermione Lee's, Virginia Woolf, and others


Flush is easy to read from this link or download it as an ePub book –
or open it in iBooks or Kindle from the link: link

OR

Buy it for under $3.00 at the Kindle Store. Just keep scrolling down! link

Here's a short excerpt from Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem "Aurora Leigh." Melba has given us a brief explanation of the poem's connection to Flush: pdf

And . . . if you'd like to read the essay on Aurora Leigh from Woolf's Common Reader, Second Series, here it is: pdf

Here's an entry on "Biography" from Melba's book entitled Modernism: Keywords (2014). Just scroll down a little until you see the entry on "Biography": pdf

Here are some excerpts from Hermione Lee's biography of Virginia Woolf:
Virginia Woolf. London: Chatto & Windus, 1996.

Chapter 1: pdf


These excerpts include a chapter, "Censors," from this famous biography: pdf

  Here are six short essays/reviews from Woolf's Common Reader with Woolf discussing the topic of biography: reviewing it and writing it.

1. A Bio of "Archbishop Thomson," The Common Reader (1925): pdf

2. A Bio of "Lady Dorothy Nevill," The Common Reader (1925): pdf

3. Woolf on Bio as a Chinese Shoe: "The Chinese Shoe," (Nation & Athenaeum, 17 Nov 1923): pdf

4. Woolf on Bios of Eccentrics: "The Eccentrics," (Athenaeum, 25 Apr 1919): pdf

5. Woolf Reviews a Bio of Miss Mitford: pdf