Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Reading Lists of Fictional Characters

I wouldn’t aim to read all of these – and you might want to do your research first in a few cases – but here are some good ideas of places you might start (or continue) your adventures…

The Reading Lists of Your Favorite Fictional Characters
http://www.flavorwire.com/311149/the-reading-lists-of-your-favorite-fictional-characters

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David Tennant’s Hamlet and Shakespeare on TV

Lots of good Shakespeare coming to your telly box at the moment.

David Tennant’s Hamlet and screening Shakespeare on TV
http://theshakespeareblog.com/2012/07/david-tennants-hamlet-and-screening-shakespeare-on-tv/

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Jacket # 6 – J.H. Prynne – poem – Rich in Vitamin C – with a commentary by John Kinsella

JH Prynne is ‘hard’. Don’t worry about trying to ‘understand’ this one: Prynne’s poetry is a bit like the sun – hot and powerful, and you can’t look directly at it for too long. (!)

Try looking for patterns of related words in this poem. See what different collections you come up with. And note the words that refer outside the poem – don’t worry at first trying to cohere them, just keep a track of them.

http://jacketmagazine.com/06/pryn-kins.html

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A Dickens Novel Inspired The Dark Knight Rises

Christopher Nolan’s inspiration behind the summer blockbuster movie was one Victorian writer whose name you might recognise…

How a Charles Dickens Novel Inspired The Dark Knight Rises
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/charles-dickens-the-dark-knight-rises_b54310

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Neil deGrasse Tyson’s 8 Books Everyone Should Read

Most of these are non-literary – Gulliver’s Travels is the only clearly canonical ‘literature’ text – but all are crucial to shaping Western thought. Since they’re free, you might as well glance over them, right?

Neil deGrasse Tyson Lists 8 (Free) Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read
http://www.openculture.com/2011/12/neil_degrasse_tyson_8_books_every_intelligent_person_should_read.html

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Italo Calvino’s 14 Definitions of a Classic

Revolving around the old dictum: “reading is re-reading”.

Italo Calvino’s 14 Definitions of What Makes a Classic
http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/07/06/italo-calvinos-14-definitions-of-a-classic/

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Writing Britain at the British Library

JK Rowling’s handwritten draft of Harry Potter? Jane Eyre in manuscript? Tolkien’s original drawings for the Hobbit? All on display at this BL exhibition:

http://www.bl.uk/whatson/exhibitions/writingbritain/about/index.html

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