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Peter Arcese
New York
Attorney, Stropheus LLC; Adjunct Assistant Professor, NYU SPS
Interests: Artist foundations. Arts & Humanities.
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The Odyssey is a nostos, the story of a hero's return. To get home, Odysseus must journey through the underworld. That particular journey is called the nekyia, and is a key element in the structure of an epic. As we... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Brilliant Minds
Here is our Fall 2017 reading list and schedule with dates for discussion: Homer, The Odyssey (9/12 & 19) Selections: Books 1, 5–6, 9–12, 19, and 22–24 Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales (9/26 & 10/3) Selections: General Prologue, The Knight's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at Brilliant Minds
The Blue Guitar The Wallace Stevens poem excerpts that we read from in class. The 1937 Stevens poem as printed in Poetry. The Picasso painting The Old Guitarist from the Art Institute of Chicago. David Tannenbaum playing Michael Tippet's "The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Brilliant Minds
A companion site for courses by Peter Arcese on classics, contemporary literature, and the arts ... Here you will find items related to our readings and discussions ... Ideas, images, background information, suggested readings, bibliographies, and notes on related performances,... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Brilliant Minds
As we get ready for the Summer Session, let me thank you all for your generosity! I'll be updating the design of this site to be more mobile-friendly and responsive. More to come! Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Brilliant Minds
Our summer class, LITR1-CE9054001, Literature for the 21st Century is back to Tuesdays: Tues. 10-11.40 a.m., June 6-Aug. 1 (8 sessions). No class July 4 Registration The reading selections are: All That Man Is: A Novel, by David Szalay Swing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Brilliant Minds
The BBC version on YouTube with Helen Mirren: Bergner and Olivier (1936): Documentary with Fiona Shaw by the Open University: A taste of production at the Globe: Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at Brilliant Minds
(The video may take a moment to load) Listen to the first page of the Völuspá from the Poetic Edda in both the Terry and the Hollander translations. Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Brilliant Minds
I highly recommend Patricia Terry's translation as a companion to the Hollander edition. Not as readily available, but used and new editions are listed through Amazon. Easy to get the Kindle edition and the Audible Audio. Well worth it in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Brilliant Minds
Here is our book list for Spring 2017. You can download a PDF with the list and the dates for discussion here: Download Brilliant Minds Spring 2017 Virgil, The Georgics, trans. Johnson (Penguin) The Poetic Edda, trans. Hollander (U Texas)... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Brilliant Minds
Here's a video production of Chekhov's Three Sisters well worth watching. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Brilliant Minds
Hello everyone, I'm sorry to have to cancel class tomorrow. I'm still recovering from pneumonia and my doctor advises taking this week off to rest. We'll make up the session at the end of the term, and I'll send out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at Brilliant Minds
My recommendation is to focus your reading on the Sonnets and the "First Dream." On the issue of translation, I also highly recommend Edith Grossman's edition. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at Brilliant Minds
If you find yourself near Drew University, you're in for a treat. See Shakespeare's First Folio and related events throughout the rest of October: First Folio Drew Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at Brilliant Minds
A downloadable UPDATED PDF of our reading schedule (on reverse or page 2) is available by clicking this link for the Syllabus: Download BMinds UPDATED Fall 2016 syllabus. The typos are corrected, and you'll notice that we will keep reading... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Brilliant Minds
Hello All! If you'd like to focus your readings of Vittoria Colonna's Sonnets for Michelangelo, here are my recommendations by Sonnet number as printed in our class edition. Sonnets 79, 21, 2, 73, 78, 8, 1, 62, 39, 45, 98,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Brilliant Minds
NYU is accepting enrollment for our Fall 2016 Brilliant Minds class. Register here Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at Brilliant Minds
Update: the book list now includes the recommended editions in this post, and links for ordering at the bottom of this page. Thank you all for a wonderful Spring Semester and for your generosity! I feel very fortunate to share... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Brilliant Minds
At long last, to close National Poetry Month, just before midnight, I am announcing a four-session course on The Victorian Poets and the Bard. For details, and to register, follow the link to Eventbrite: The Victorians. (Limited to 10 registrants) Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at Brilliant Minds
Here are our readings for the Summer: In the Light of What We Know, by Zia Haider Rahman; Voices from Chernobyl, by Svetlana Alexievich; Thirteen Ways of Looking, by Colum McCann; A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James;... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at Brilliant Minds
Here is the John Donne "not to be missed list." Use these as a starting point and for an orientation to the discussion (sequence and spelling may vary depending on your edition). The Good-Morrow Woman's Constancy The Sun Rising The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Brilliant Minds
To celebrate National Poetry Month, this April I will offer a private course on Five Victorian Poets: Tennyson, Browning, Browning, Hopkins, and Rossetti (Christina). Details to follow! Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at Brilliant Minds