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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From the early 20th century until the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, Spain witnessed a flourishing of literary and artistic forms (painting, poetry, prose and film) on par with the experimentialism taking place across Europe and Latin America. According to Jennifer Duprey in Avant-Garde Cultural Practices in Spain (1914-1936), self-taught poet and radical journalist Joan Salvat-Papasseit found inspiration in both the formalist attributes articulated in F.T. Marinetti’s Manifesto del futurismo (1909) and in the social terms of compatriot Gabriel Alomar’s El futurisme (1905). “He was the only Catalan writer that had the conscience of the revolutionary character that the Futurist movement had from a social point of view, yet sustained that his particular point of view was a dialectical concept of tradition,” explains Duprey.
Last fall the UC Berkeley Library became one of three libraries outside of Spain to own an original broadside of Contra els poetes amb minúscula: primer manifest català futurista (Against lowercase poets: the first Futurist manifesto) published in 1920 and is now the first institution in the world to have digitized it. Salvat-Papasseit’s famous collection of poems L’irradiador del port, i les gavines (1921), now housed in The Bancroft Library, was featured in the exhibition No Legacy || Literatura Electrónica installed in Doe Library’s Brown Gallery last year.
L’irradiador del port, i les gavines (Barcelona: Atenes A.G., 1921)
Jane Hu, a PhD candidate in UC Berkeley’s English Department, recently published “The “Inscrutable” Voices of Asian-Anglophone Fiction” in The New Yorker. Hu considers the narrative deftness of the new novel Chemistry by Weike Wang before embarking on an extended meditation of the construction of narrative voicings within influential Asian-Anglophone works, drawing on interviews with Wang and other important figures. She notes a pattern in which many of these novels “feature first-person narrators who keep their distance—actively denying readers direct interior access.” An informative read for anybody interested in contemporary fiction, Asian-Anglophone works, or narrative voice, Hu’s article sheds new light on the works she discusses.
Check out the novels at the Berkeley libraries!
We’re inspired by BAMPFA’s current film exhibition, James Baldwin, Reflection and Resistance: James Baldwin and Cinema! Brush up on your Baldwin with his works available at the UC Berkeley Libraries.
The recent 2016 film I Am Not Your Negro based on James Baldwin’s incomplete manuscript, Remember This House, has made quite the critical splash, and yet this award-winning film is far from the first Baldwin piece to make it to the silver screen. In related programming, Thursday, November 9th at BAMPFA features a showing of documentary The Nine Muses by John Akomfrah, with an introduction from UC Berkeley’s own Stephen Best, and Tongues Untied, introduced by Damon Young, on Thursday, November 16th. Can’t make it? You can find both films at the Moffitt Library Media Resources Center here and here.
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An Introduction To Dialectics by Theodor W. Adorno edited by Christoph Ziermann and translated by Nicholas Walker
The Laws Of The Earliest English Kings edited and translated by F.L. Attenborough
Notes Of A Native Son by James Baldwin with an introduction by Edward P. Jones
Lucy Gayheart by Willa Cather edited by Kari A. Ronning, David Porter, and Frederick M. Link
Death Shall Be Dethroned: Los, A Chapter, The Journal by Helene Cixous translated by Beverly Bie Brahic
Social Formation And Symbolic Landscape (with a new introduction) by Denis E. Cosgrove
South And West: From A Notebook by Joan Didion with a foreword by Nathaniel Rich
The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot with an introduction by Paul Muldoon
William Faulkner At Twentieth Century-Fox: The Annotated Screenplays edited by Sarah Gleeson-White
Lord of The Flies by William Golding with an introduction by Stephen King and a foreword by Lois Lowry
Robert Graves: War Poems edited by Charles Mundye
Green Hills Of Africa by Ernest Hemingway with a personal forward by Patrick Hemingway and an introduction by Sean Hemingway
The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes with an introduction by Carl Van Vechten and a foreword by Kevin Young
The Importance of Elsewhere: Philip Larkin’s Photographs by Richard Bradford
Observations On Modernity by Niklas Luhmann
Selected Poems Of Edna St. Vincent Millay edited by Timothy F. Jackson and an introduction by Holly Peppe
Garden Time by W.S. Merwin
Collected Plays by Arthur Miller with a foreword by Lynn Nottage
China’s Early Empires: A Re-appraisal edited by Michael Nylan and Michael Loewe
Chang’an 26 BCE: An Augustan Age In China edited by Michael Nylan and Griet Vankeerberghen
A Book Of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates
Soul At The White Heat: Inspiration, Obsession, And The Writing Life by Joyce Carol Oates
At The Foundling Hospital: Poems by Robert Pinsky
The Sublime In Antiquity by James I. Porter
Collected Poems: 1950-2012 by Adrienne Rich with an introduction by Claudia Rankine
Literary Theory: An Anthology (Third Edition) edited by Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan
Two Years Eight Months And Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
Memory And Complicity: Migrations Of Holocaust Remembrance by Debarati Sanyal
The Osage Orange Tree by William Stafford with linocut illustrations by Dennis Cunningham and an afterword by Naomi Shihab Nye
The Poetry Of Derek Walcott: 1948-2013 edited by Glyn Maxwell
The Raymond Williams Reader edited by John Higgins
Kew Gardens by Virginia Woolf
The Collected Works Of W.B. Yeats Volume XIV: A Vision, The Revised 1937 Edition edited by Margaret Mills Harper and Catherine E. Paul
Lenin 2017: Remembering, Repeating, And Working Through by V.I.Lenin edited and Introduced by Slavoj Zizek
Three years ago, the Institute of European Studies established a special fund to support the UC Berkeley Library in acquiring scholarly resources in or about less commonly taught European languages (LCTLs). Students, both undergraduate and graduate, lecturers and faculty who wish to use library materials (books, ebooks, graphic novels, dissertations, DVDs, etc.) in a European LCTL and published in Europe that are currently not available on the Berkeley campus, are encouraged to fill out the Library Recommendation Form and mention “IES LCTL Support” in the Comments section.
This support only applies to LCTLs that are still spoken today in Western, Northern, or Southern Europe (i.e. all European languages with the exception of German, French, Italian and Spanish); no support will be given for classical or extinct languages nor for Slavic and other Eastern European languages supported by the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.
A few examples of titles acquired last year include:
Barcino by Maria Carme Roca.
Chrēstiko lexiko tēs neoellēnikēs glōssas / syntaxē-epimeleia by Christophoros G. Charalampakēs ; vasikoi synergates Stauroula Zapheirē [and 7 others].
La langue d’oc telle qu’on la parle: atlas linguistique de la Provence by Jean-Claude Bouvier, Claude Martel cartographie et mise en page par Guylaine Brun-Trigaud.
El nen que volia matar by Lolita Bosch
Ramon Llull essencial: retrar d’un pare d’Europa by Pere Villalba
La societat valenciana en l’espill lingüístic : què diuen les llengües quan parlen de nosaltres? by Juli Martínez Amorós
The Syntax of old Romanian edited by Gabriela Pană Dindelegan; consultant editor, Martin Maiden
Thermē kai phōs: aphierōmatikos tomos stē mnēmē tou A.-Ph. Christidē = Licht und wärme : in memory of A.F. Christidis / epistemonikē epimeleia Maria Theodōropoulou
La visita by Enric Virgili
Van mij valt niks te leren by Peter Buwalda
Vic-Bilh: une langue, un pays: ethnolinguistique du Vic-Bilh by Jan Bonnemason
Vrouwen van de wereld by Tommy Wieringa
Waarom iedereen altijd gelijk heeft by Ruben Mersch