Literature Lab

Interviews about the world of literary studies. For anyone who loves reading and wants to think about what they read.

    Loading Downloads
    14Episodes

    Following

    Followers

Archive for the 'Uncategorized' Category

Why Read? Thoughts from a Cold Heaven

Posted by dsherman on 13th September 2014

J. Hillis Miller talks about the significance of reading literature in an age overwhelmed by other media.  And works through Yeats.

00:0000:00

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments

On the Secret Lives of Literary Genres, Markets, and Money

Posted by dsherman on 9th August 2013

Mary Poovey, from New York University, discusses the historical entanglement of imaginative writing with writing about markets and money.  She focuses on the way genres that now seem distinct once overlapped in 18th c. England, and what this modern separation of literature from other discourses means for their different kinds of social authority.

00:0000:00

Posted in Uncategorized, literature, economics, genre, defoe, financial modeling | Comments

Fraudulence and the Making of U.S. Literature

Posted by dsherman on 6th April 2013

Lara Langer Cohen from Wayne State University discusses fraudulence in 19th-century U.S. literary culture.  A new way to think about Melville, Poe, and others who wrote in a time of rampant suspicion about antebellum literary institutions.

00:0000:00

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments

Adventures in Close Reading

Posted by dsherman on 20th January 2013

William Flesch from Brandeis University talks about the theory and practice of literary close reading, and works through these ideas with a poem by Elizabeth Bishop and story by Ernest Hemingway.

00:0000:00

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments

Yeats and Irish Revival

Posted by dsherman on 22nd December 2012

Gregory Castle from Arizona State University discusses W. B. Yeats's poetry and drama in the context of Irish revivalism.  He focuses on the temporal complexity of writing about this nationalist project.

00:0000:00

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments

Imagining Mars

Posted by dsherman on 15th October 2012

Robert Crossley talks about the long, strange tradition of Mars writing and its relation to the scientific imagination.  How have Mars and its life-forms been imagined, and how has this imaginative work affected scientific desire?  How has space exploration affected the stories we tell about Mars?  Crossley, professor emeritus at University of Massachusetts, Boston, is the author of Imagining Mars: A Literary History.

00:0000:00

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments

Convicted Reading, or, Literature in Alternative Sentencing

Posted by dsherman on 1st September 2012

This interview with Robert Waxler, from UMASS Dartmouth, focuses on the Changing Lives through Literature program for convicts who do a lit class as part of probation.  It's an alternative sentencing program that relies on the deep power of literary narrative to fundamentally transform the sense of self and possibility that one carries into the world.

00:0000:00

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments

The Gothic Novel

Posted by dsherman on 21st August 2012

John Paul Riquelme, from Boston University, talks about the literary genre that will not die.  How do vampires, zombies, and other undead inhabit the literary imagination?  What does the darkness of the gothic mean, and why do we need it?  Where did it come from, what are its contemporary offspring?  And why does the darkness of this dark world give such pleasure?

00:0000:00

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments

How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain

Posted by dsherman on 23rd July 2012

Leah Price, from Harvard University, talks about the strange lives of books, as material things, in Victorian England.  What kinds of things did people do with them?  How did doing these things with books affect one's place in the social order?  What does all this have to do with books, in their competition with screens, today?

00:0000:00

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments

Oprah, the Victorian Novel, and You

Posted by dsherman on 20th June 2012

Lisa Rodensky from Wellesley College talks about Victorian Oprah -- how she takes up a similar cultural function as novelist George Eliot.  Oprah and Eliot shed surprising light on each other.  For all their differences, both seek to instruct our private lives in just about the most public media of their respective times, TV and the serialized novel.  Rodensky talks about their different insights into how we fashion our selves as we try to imagine the lives of others.

00:0000:00

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments