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Peter Arcese
New York
Trusts and Estates Attorney; Adjunct Assistant Professor
Interests: Literature and Law; Arts and Humanities; Artist Foundations
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Whether you power through the entire Paradiso or just selections, savor these Cantos: 1, 2, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 (the Cantos in bold numerals are not... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Brilliant Minds
The disastrous Sicilian expedition (Wikipedia) Bettany Hughes on Helen Bettany Hughes on the Spartans (Helen was the Queen of Sparta) HD (Hilda Doolittle's) Helen in Egypt Stesichorus on Helen Herodotus on Helen (scroll down to section paragraph headed: "Correcting Homer:... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Brilliant Minds
The following notes and questions are derived in response to Emily Wilson's introduction to her translation of Helen, collected in The Greek Plays, edited by Mary Lefkowitz and James Romm (Modern Library 2017) It appears that Euripides was the only... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2018 at Brilliant Minds
Here is a link to the Guardian article I mentioned today: Drawn from life: why have novelists stopped making things up? And here is a link to the Hal Foster book I mentioned: The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at Brilliant Minds
Hello Class, I’ve been informed that our classroom has been changed to Room 525 for the rest of the Summer term. I’ll see you there tomorrow. Best, Peter Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Brilliant Minds
Ready to get started! Here is our reading schedule for the Summer: June 5 Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing New domesticity and the focus on family dynamics in fiction. June 12 Naomi Alderman, The Power The role of speculative fiction... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2018 at Brilliant Minds
Hello all and thanks for such an enjoyable and enriching semester. Many thanks for your generosity! Following is the reading list for Fall 2018 with recommended editions and translations: Euripides, Ion, Helen, Orestes, trans. Svarlien (Hackett) Dante, Paradiso, trans. Hollander... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at Brilliant Minds
For our discussion of Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France, the key selection is from the paragraph beginning “If civil society be the offspring of convention . . . .” (page 56 in the Oxford edition) through the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2018 at Brilliant Minds
You can approach reading The Tale of Genji at a few different levels: Read straight through chapters 1-33 (then continue with 33-41 and 45-54 as interest and time allows) Follow either of two levels of abridgment: Chapters 1-14, 17 (Seidensticker);... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at Brilliant Minds
These are the passages to concentrate on for our upcoming discussion. The references are to Book and paragraph numbers which should correspond to most editions. 1.1, 1.20 2.4 through 2.9 3.5 through 3.8 4.8 5.10 through 5.14 6.6 through 6.12... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Brilliant Minds
Welcome back! You can now download our Syllabus with recommended editions and schedule for discussion: Syllabus For our first session of Brilliant Minds, Spring 2018, we'll be discussing poems and fragments of Sappho. I've ordered Anne Carson's wonderful edition, which... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Brilliant Minds
If you're planning on doing some advance reading, here is our upcoming schedule for Brilliant Minds, Spring 2018. Looking forward to seeing you all soon! Feb 6 - Sappho, Poems Feb 13 & 20 - Augustine, Confessions Feb 27 -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at Brilliant Minds
Some poems by Elizabeth Bishop to read for our next class: "The Fish" "Visits to St. Elizabeths" "At the Fishhouses" "Questions of Travel" "In the Waiting Room" "The Moose" "One Art" "Sandpiper" "The Man-Moth" "Love Lies Sleeping" "The Riverman" "The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Brilliant Minds
Here's the list of upcoming books for Spring 2018! Sappho, Poems Augustine, Confessions Murasaki, The Tale of Genji Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France Huong, Spring Essence Pushkin, Eugene Onegin Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at Brilliant Minds
Silly me, in our class I referred to the titled poems as they appear in the final edition of Leaves of Grass. This semester I want us to focus on how this work first appeared, and like nothing that came... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Brilliant Minds
Continuing to work our way back to Ithaca, here's a close reading of Homer's Odyssey, Book 12: Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at Brilliant Minds
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Here's a video clip on the Odyssey focusing on Books 10 and 11. More to follow. Scroll down, past the video, for an image of Circe by Dosso Dossi. Circe by Dosso Dossi (click image for full size version) Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Brilliant Minds
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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 Sep 18, 2017 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