MARILYN GADDIS ROSE
Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, Binghamton University
The Springs of Literary Culture. Resources for deepening the appreciation of literature; intended for selective browsing.
The Bible: Authorized Version (King James Version). Essential to an understanding of English-language authors and translators. Look for an edition with a concordance. For background on the books of the Old and New Testaments and the Apocrypha and a discussion of the various Bible translations, see The Literary Guide to the Bible (Robert Alter and Frank Kermode, eds.; Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press/Harvard, 1987).
Darwin, Charles. The Darwin Reader. New York: Scribners, 1968. Selections from the scientist whose insights underlie literary expressionism, naturalism, and realism.
Freud, Sigmund. The Interpretation of Dreams. Translated by Joyce Crick. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. Where the key terms of serious and popular psychology begin.
Jung, Carl Gustave. Man and His Symbols. Edited by Marie-Luise von Franz. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1964. A primary source behind the meaning and origin of symbols used by writers and their critics.
Said, Edward. Orientalism. New York: Pantheon Books, 1978. Landmark study arguing that the West used the arts to “exoticize” the Middle East and North Africa.
Critical Background and Criteria for Evaluation. Resources to support understanding.
Bloom, Harold. The Western Canon: Books and Schools of the Ages. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1994. A time tour from Shakespeare to Beckett to see what makes great books great.
Draugsvold, Ottar G., ed. Nobel Writers on Writing. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2000. Lucid summary of Nobel election procedures with selected Nobelists through 1999 (including Camus, Golding, Mahfouz, Walcott, and Yeats) and excerpts from their acceptance addresses.
Hofstadter, Douglas. Le Ton Beau de Marot: In Praise of the Music of Language. New York: Basic Books, 1997. Celebration of the nature and creativity of language and the interactions of original text and translation by the author of the astonishingly imaginative Gödel, Eschet; Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid.
Pound, Ezra. ABC of Reading. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1934. Idiosyncratic with a personal stamp, Pound offers a set of terms that are still used 70 years later.