Broken Tablets

Gilgamesh has always been one of my favorite texts to teach.  Few works of literature embody their themes so intimately and materially.  With each ellipses, gap, and discontinuity in the text, we are reminded of the central brokenness of what it means to be mortal.

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The Rashomon Effect

Here some more lecture slides from my Introduction to World Literature course.  These cover Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s “Rashomon” and “In a Bamboo Grove,” setting the stories within the context of modernism and Samurai Japan.

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Kafka’s Parables

The following are slides created for my lecture on Kafka’s parables “Before the Law” and “An Imperial Message.”  The lecture introduces the problem of interpretation and meaning in literature through a focus on matters of form and medium.

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The Art of Storytelling

My slides on The Arabian Nights, the art and seduction of storytelling, frame narratives, and other “entertainment” related to the demonic power of stories and seduction. The first English language edition of the stories was titled The Arabian Nights’ Entertainment.

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Realism & Representation

Another set of slides I created for the first week of my course on “Realism & Recording.”  Whereas the previous slides focused on matters of “recording,” these pivot around the age-old problem of  representation.

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