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Savoir-Faire in the First Chapter of The Ambassadors

Savoir-Faire in the First Chapter of The Ambassadors

A guest blog post by Jonathan Rowan   She waited for him in the garden . . . drawing on a pair of singularly fresh soft and elastic light gloves and presenting herself with a superficial readiness which, as he approached her over the small smooth lawn and in the […]

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The Mythic and Intimate in the American West

The Mythic and Intimate in the American West

A guest blog post by Mark Cwik I’ve been reading quite a bit in the last few months about the frontier and the American West, and I’m struck by how deep, pervasive and suggestive the idea of the West is for us in North America. It is almost impossible to […]

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Exile and Identity in Pnin and The Book of Negroes

Exile and Identity in Pnin and The Book of Negroes

A guest post by Nella Cotrupi The themes of human displacement and migration dominate our media today. The dramatic photos and headlines, like the ravaged lives they depict, are inescapable. In Canada, many community groups have sprouted up to focus on providing support and, in many cases, legal sponsorship to […]

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Ancient Greece, a World of Colour and Beauty

Ancient Greece, a World of Colour and Beauty

A guest blog post by Zoë Eisenman [Editor’s note: Zoë will be leading The Fall of the House of Oedipus at our summer seminar program, Toronto Pursuits. Join Zoë in Toronto to take a fresh look at one of the most famous families in the history of literature. Why do […]

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GUEST BLOG—Death in Venice: What Price Metamorphosis? by Tom Jones

GUEST BLOG—Death in Venice: What Price Metamorphosis? by Tom Jones

  We have lingered in the chambers of the sea By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown Till human voices wake us, and we drown. – T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”   What is the nature of art and the artist? Is art to be […]

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GUEST BLOG—East Meets West; West Embraces East by Sean Forester

GUEST BLOG—East Meets West; West Embraces East by Sean Forester

The Japanese prints, so the story goes, had first arrived in Paris in the 1850s as packaging protecting ceramics. The prints attracted the attention of Claude Monet, who hung works from his large collection on his dining room walls at his home in Giverny. Monet was not alone in seeking […]

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GUEST BLOG—Beauty’s Vivifying Force by Betty Ann Jordan

GUEST BLOG—Beauty’s Vivifying Force by Betty Ann Jordan

“Beauty comes to us, with no work of our own; then leaves us prepared to undergo a giant labour.” — Elaine Scarry As a young art student in the early 1970s, I acquired as my first reproduction to adorn the wall of my apartment White Plumes by Henri Matisse. A […]

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GUEST BLOG—The Deliciously Dark World of Film Noir by David Schmitt

GUEST BLOG—The Deliciously Dark World of Film Noir by David Schmitt

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. from “The Second Coming” William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)   Look […]

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GUEST BLOG—The Changing Fortunes of Shakespeare’s Kings by Gary Schoepfel

GUEST BLOG—The Changing Fortunes of Shakespeare’s Kings by Gary Schoepfel

The wheel of Fortune turns; I go down, demeaned; another is carried to the height; far too high up sits the king at the summit – let him beware ruin! lyrics from “O Fortuna” in the Carmina Burana  Beware “lovely rose” King Richard. Beware “Judas” Bolingbroke. Beware wayward “heir-apparent” Prince Hal. […]

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GUEST BLOG—Oedipus: An Identity Crisis by Zoë Eisenman

GUEST BLOG—Oedipus: An Identity Crisis by Zoë Eisenman

“Who are you?” – the Caterpillar, Alice in Wonderland “And you may ask yourself, Am I right? Or am I wrong? And you may say to yourself, My God! What have I done?!” – Talking Heads, “Once in a Lifetime” When most people think of the story of Oedipus, they […]

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