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Blog entries on '28 June 2006'

Wednesday 28 June 2006

Franco Moretti

There is a fascinating piece by Eric Bulson (whose The Cambridge Introduction to James Joyce is due out this coming September) in the TLS (article not online) this week about the controversial work of Franco Moretti, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Stanford. Bulson reviews the multi-volume Il Romanzo and also Graphs, Maps, Trees (for more, see The Valve Book Event discussing the latter title, and also Bill Benzon’s Signposts for a Naturalist Criticism and Timothy Burke’s Franco Moretti: A Quantitative Turn for Cultural History?).

In August, PUP release two volumes of selections from the five-volume Italian Il Romanzo: The Novel, Volume 1: History, Geography, and Culture and The Novel, Volume 2: Forms and Themes:

Nearly as global in its ambition and sweep as its subject, Franco Moretti's The Novel is a watershed event in the understanding of the first truly planetary literary form. A translated selection from the epic five-volume Italian Il Romanzo (2001-2003), The Novel's two volumes are a unified multiauthored reference work, containing more than one hundred specially commissioned essays by leading contemporary critics from around the world. Providing the first international comparative reassessment of the novel, these essential volumes reveal the form in unprecedented depth and breadth -- as a great cultural, social, and human phenomenon that stretches from the ancient Greeks to today, where modernity itself is unimaginable without the genre.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Wednesday 28 June 2006

Frank O'Hara

I mentioned the Poets of the New York School yesterday and, unbeknownst to me, that on the day that it would have been Frank O'Hara's 80th birthday (probably).

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Wednesday 28 June 2006

Ohio Impromptu

Mark Kaplan is back blogging at Charlotte Street (his URL was "stolen" for week or so but, happily, it's back up-and-running now). As well as his usual very fine philosophical musings, Mark has found Beckett's Ohio Impromptu online (at the ubiquitous YouTube). Directed by Charles Sturridge and starring Jeremy Irons, it's a compelling piece.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

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Squire nagged and bullied till I went to fight,
(Under Lord Derby’s Scheme). I died in hell—
(They called it Passchendaele). My wound was slight,
And I was hobbling back; and then a shell
Burst slick upon the duck-boards: so I fell
Into the bottomless mud, and lost the light.

At sermon-time, while Squire is in his pew,
He gives my gilded name a thoughtful stare:
For, though low down upon the list, I’m there;
‘In proud and glorious memory’... that’s my due.
Two bleeding years I fought in France, for Squire:
I suffered anguish that he’s never guessed.
Once I came home on leave: and then went west...
What greater glory could a man desire?

-- Siegfried Sassoon
Collected Poems (Faber and Faber)

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