You can find these titles and other recent acquisitions on the Art History / Classics Library’s New Book Shelf.
The African Queen And The Night Of The Hunter: First And Final Screenplays by James Agee edited by Jeffrey Couchman
Ending Up by Kingley Amis with an introduction by Craig Brown
The Green Man by Kingsley Amis with an introduction by Michael Dirda
Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin
The Floating Opera by John Barth with an afterword by Charles B. Harris
The World Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry selected and introduced by Paul Kingsnorth
News Of The Universe: Poems Of Twofold Consciousness by Robert Bly
Honey For The Bears by Anthony Burgess
Nothing Like The Sun: A Story Of Shakespeare’s Love Life by Anthony Burgess
Tremor Of Intent by Anthony Burgess
Hirslanden Notebooks by H.D. edited by Matte Robinson and Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos
From The Elephant’s Back: Collected Essays And Travel Writings by Lawrence Durrell edited with an introduction by James Gifford
I’d Die For You And Other Lost Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek by Athol Fugard
Wait Till I’m Dead: Uncollected Poems by Allen Ginsberg edited by Bill Morgan
Caught by Henry Green with an introduction by James Wood
Loving by Henry Green with an introduction by Roxana Robinson
A Progressive Education by Richard Howard
A Ted Hughes Bestiary: Poems edited by Alice Oswald
The Memorial: Portrait Of A Family by Christopher Isherwood
Prater Violet by Christopher Isherwood
Exiles: A Critical Edition by James Joyce edited by A. Nicholas Fargnoli and Michael Patrick Gillespie
Dirt Road by James Kelman
What Is A Garden?:Poems And Essays by W.S. Merwin with photographs by Larry Cameron
No Villain by Arthur Miller
Ladders To Fire by Anais Nin with an introduction by Benjamin Franklin V
Winter Of Artifice: Three Novelettes by Anais Nin with an introduction by Laura Frost
The Doll Master And Other Tales Of Terror by Joyce Carol Oates
The Lost Landscape: A Writer’s Coming Of Age by Joyce Carol Oates
Plays Four: The Thirty-First Of June And Jenny Villiers by J.B. Priestley
Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon
Neil Simon’s Memoirs: Rewrites And The Play Goes On by Neil Simon with an introduction by Nathan Lane and an afterword by Elaine Joyce
Tender Buttons: Objects by Gertrude Stein with illustrations by Lisa Congdon
Thirteen Ways Of Looking At A Blackbird by Wallace Stevens and L. Corinne Jones
Selected Poems by John Updike edited by Christopher Carduff with an introduction by Brad Leithauser
Morning, Paramin by Derek Walcott and Peter Doig
The First Men In The Moon by H.G. Wells with an introduction and notes by Simon J. James
Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West with an introduction by Harold Bloom
Now The Cats With Jeweled Claws And Other One Act Plays by Tennessee Williams
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“It does the heart good to be among books and people who love them,” former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove said to a packed Morrison Library audience.
As part of the Lunch Poems series, Dove read from a diverse selection of her work Thursday afternoon — recent poems and ones from further back in her extensive catalog, which includes Thomas and Beulah, winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry.
“It is so wonderful to see this room so full of people who love poetry,” Chancellor Carol Christ said during her opening remarks to a standing-room-only crowd of about 250 people. Christ, fittingly, began her academic career in the English Department, teaching poetry. “I have never been to an event here where there are people literally hanging from the balcony, so that says a lot about Rita Dove and says a lot about this community’s love for poetry.”
Dove was not only the first African American to be elected U.S. Poet Laureate — at 40 years old, she was the youngest, too. She now teaches at the University of Virginia.
The work Dove read Thursday included poems about family; an homage to the library near where she grew up, in Akron, Ohio; and the creatively alliterative Ode to My Right Knee (which opens, “Oh, obstreperous one, ornery outside of ordinary”).
Among those in attendance was Chelsea Muir, a public policy graduate student. She popped in for part of the reading after seeing a flyer.
“I liked the creativity and the playfulness,” she said, citing, in particular, a flowing prose poem Dove read. Muir said she was impressed by the reading and was inspired to read more of Dove’s work. She also enjoyed Morrison Library, which she was visiting for the first time.
Dove expressed a similar sentiment: “It just feels good in here,” she said.
ABOUT LUNCH POEMS
Lunch Poems is a noontime poetry reading on the first Thursday of the month. Admission to the Morrison Library event is free. Check out the spring semester schedule. Watch videos of past readings. Support for this series is provided by Dr. and Mrs. Tom Colby, the Library, The Morrison Library Fund, the Dean’s office of the College of Letters and Sciences, and the Townsend Center for the Humanities. These events are also partially supported by Poets & Writers Inc., through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.
Cruel Optimism by Lauren Berlant
Rogue Archives: Digital Cultural Memory And Media Fandom by Abigail De Kosnik
The Death Penalty Volume II by Jacques Derrida
The Letter To Ren An And Sima Qian’s Legacy by Stephen Durrant, Wai-Yee Li, Michael Nylan, and Hans Van Ess
Poetic Intention by Edouard Glissant
Art In Theory 1900-2000: An Anthology Of Changing Ideas edited by Charles Harrison and Paul Wood
Petrarch: A Critical Guide To The Complete Works edited by Victoria Kirkham and Armando Maggi
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli With Related Documents (Second Edition) translated, edited, and with an introduction by William J Connell
Before Tomorrow: Epigenesis And Rationality by Catherine Malabou
The Bakhtin Reader: Selected Writings Of Bakhtin, Medvedev, Voloshinov edited by Pam Morris
A History Of Modern French Literature: From The Sixteenth Century To The Twentieth Century edited by Christopher Prendergast
Narrative Theory: A Critical Introduction by Kent Puckett
War Pictures: Cinema, Violence, And Style In Britain, 1939-1945 by Kent Puckett
Robert Louis Stevenson by David Robb
The Laws Of The Kings Of England From Edmund To Henry I edited and translated by A.J. Robertson
Before Nature: Cuneiform Knowledge And The History Of Science by Francesca Rochberg
Tendencies by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
Religion In Tudor England: An Anthology Of Primary Sources edited by Ethan H. Shagan and Debora Shugar
A Secular Age by Charles Taylor
The Tar Baby: A Global History by Bryan Wagner
The Prelude 1799, 1805, 1850 by William Wordsworth edited by Jonathan Wordsworth, M.H. Abrams, and Stephen Gill
The Rise Of The Memoir by Alex Zwerdling
The Library has a trial to New Oxford Shakespeare Online through January 31, 2018. This resource includes digital access to the following titles:
- New Oxford Shakespeare Modern Critical Edition: complete full-text plays with modernized spellings, annotations, and extras. (Library also has in Print.)
- New Oxford Shakespeare Critical Reference Edition: complete full-text plays with original spellings. (Library will also have in Print.)
- New Oxford Shakespeare Authorship Companion: secondary research on attribution and authorship. (Library also has in Print.)
For comparison, other digital versions of the plays include Folger Digital Shakespeare Texts and Internet Shakespeare Editions. See more about what the Library offers on Shakespeare at the Literature in English Library Research Guide.
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It might be the start of Dead Week, but Memorial Glade was more alive than usual Monday afternoon, thanks to four special guests.
Their names? Quinoa, Ollantaytambo, Amigo, and Wykee.
For about four years, llamas have been descending on campus, offering students a much-needed respite from their studies — and soft coats to pet.
Monday’s event, called Return of the Llamas — sponsored by the ASUC’s Office of the Academic Affairs Vice President — drew large crowds of students, who came to pet the llamas and take pictures with them, with some onlookers climbing on each other’s shoulders to get a better vantage point.
“They are an institution,” said George Caldwell, or Geo, who has brought his fluffy friends from Sonora, more than two hours away in Tuolumne County, to the UC Berkeley campus for various events and activities, including events raising awareness about wellness and suicide prevention.
Caldwell teaches classes in Oakland about the ungulates. Afterward, he said, he comes to campus with the creatures “to share the llama love.”
“My whole goal is to have llamas here 365 (days of the year),” he said. “It would be a great thing for people who have stress to go see the llamas.”
Ana Mancia, department head of the Office of the AAVP for the ASUC, has been instrumental in bringing the llamas to campus for the past year and a half — which equates to three rounds of llamas.
“I really hope (students) get the chance to … ease the pressure before finals,” said Mancia, a third-year business major. The llamas, she said, could help students “put things in perspective.”
So how are students reacting to the creatures?
“They’re crazy and fun,” said Wei Zhou, an economics major who was there with her friend Nancy Zhu, an applied math major.
“It’s a good way to de-stress,” Zhu added.
Forgoing Facebook? Taking a timeout from Twitter? The prospect of a social media sabbatical may seem unthinkable to some millennials.
But on the fourth floor of Moffitt Library on Monday morning, a throng of students were lined up to surrender their smartphones — voluntarily — for a social media blackout.
A collaboration between the REST Zones Project and the Office of the Academic Affairs Vice President, the Blackout Challenge encourages students to fork over their phones in exchange for prizes, depending on how long they participate. One hour will get you a sleep mask. Two hours, and you’ll get a stuffed bear. Three hours will earn you a pillow. And if you last four hours, you’ll get a blanket. While supplies last, of course.
“We hope to enhance the productivity of students during Dead Week,” said Genevieve Slosberg, an intern for the Office of the AAVP, who was working the event Monday morning. “We also hope to be a part of creating a culture where social media is not as prevalent.”
How do UC Berkeley students feel about giving up social media?
“It’s probably going to make me study more,” said Cameron Chee, a sophomore majoring in chemistry.
“I cannot last longer than three hours,” said Anna Mazur, who is studying Environmental Economics and Policy, citing a review session she was attending later.
Some students were in it for the long haul. Joseph Sahyoun, a grad student studying mechanical engineering, said he was aiming to participate for the full four hours — at least.
“I support it,” he said of the effort to unplug from social media. Plus, he said, “I love sleep gear.”
Turnout Monday morning was “extremely high,” Slosberg said. About 25 minutes in, 30 people had surrendered their phones — a rate of more than one phone per minute.
How did so many students find out about the event?
“Facebook,” said Chee, echoing other students’ replies. “Which is kind of ironic.”
The Blackout Challenge started at 10 a.m. at Moffitt Library and lasts until 10 p.m.
Love across the Global South: Popular Cinema Cultures of India and Senegal explores interconnections between South Asian and African popular cultures through film posters, footage, and memorabilia. Focusing on the circulation of Bombay cinema, South Asia’s largest film industry, in Senegal, West Africa, the exhibition foregrounds the role of transnational film cultures and fan clubs in shaping affinities across the Global South. Highlighting archival material held by UC Berkeley—including a collection of twentieth-century popular film magazines and films housed at the Media Resources Center—the exhibition harnesses library holdings to nuance campus debates on race, globalization, and visual representation while experimenting with new curatorial practices that emphasize Afro-Asian connections in an expanded Indian Ocean imaginary. The exhibition is curated by Sugata Ray (Assistant Professor, History of Art), Ivy Mills (Lecturer, History of Art), Liladhar Pendse (Librarian, Central Asian and Eastern European Studies), and Adnan Malik (Curator for South Asian Collections, South/Southeast Asia Library). The Mellon Curatorial Preparedness Initiative funded Curatorial Assistantships for History of Art Department graduate students Shivani Sud and Randip Bakshi.
The exhibit runs from October 6, 2017–March 1, 2018 in the Bernice L. Brown Gallery, Doe Library.
Assistant Professor Lisa Trever in the History of Art department has published The Archaeology of Mural Painting at Pañamarca, Peru, with Harvard University Press as part of the Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Art and Archaeology Studies Series.
From the publisher website:
The archaeological site of Pañamarca was once a vibrant center of religious performance and artistic practice within the ancient Moche world. During the seventh and eighth centuries CE, architects and mural painters created lofty temples and broad-walled plazas that were brilliantly arrayed with images of mythological heroes, monstrous creatures, winged warriors in combat, ritual processions, and sacrificial offerings.
This richly illustrated volume offers a nuanced account of the modern history of exploration, archaeology, and image making at Pañamarca; it also offers detailed documentation of the new fieldwork carried out by the authors at the site. That fieldwork led to the discoveries of 1,200-year-old mural paintings, presented here in detail for the first time. Created in a cultural context a thousand years before the use of written scripts, the art and architecture of Pañamarca cannot be studied via ancient histories or commentaries, but only through layers of physical evidence from archaeological excavations and documentation. This volume will serve as a definitive reference work on mural painting at Pañamarca, as well as a new primary resource for Pre-Columbian studies and for studies in global ancient art, architecture, and archaeology more broadly.