Sort of a very short follow-up on the post on Jay O’Calahan. – The quality of the tape is pretty bad, but the lesson itself is fairly good. If you are new to narrative theory, and all related, this makes for an excellent start.
As sort of a follow-up on the recent, lengthy post on the Poe-ish anniversary and my six degrees of frustration with “The Following” here, a fairly brilliant lecture on Poe’s Eureka, his treatise on, well, the rules of everything.
See, this is why I love Poe so much: He is not just a contract writer. He is, quite simply, good at everything. I find it endlessly annoying that Eureka is almost a Phantom Text in our time, given that most of the usual, cheap one-volume “complete” (which really means “in-complete”) editions of Poe do not include it.
Why? – Because I am inclined to say, if you don’t know (and understand!) Eureka, you don’t know Poe. Seriously.
Open Culture is probably the single most annoying blog railgun, popping out up to seven daily updates via Facebook or mail.
Some of the material they link to, however, is top notch.
– Like this one, for example:
A recording of an university class focusing on the big English 18th century poets.
Although this is obviously not a professional recording, but rather a nice gimmick for students that attended said course, it deals with topics on which audiobooks and in-depth speeches are notoriously difficult to find.
So, it may well be worth a look, if you’re looking for new fodder for your mp3-player.
So, time to get out of the closet: I am a teacher, or better, I got to the license to be one, and I will be returning to that job in February, as it seems now. That means I am obviously interested in all sorts of material on Coleridge from a didactic angle, too.
One of these days, I found this very entertaining video of a lecture on “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. Personally, I think it’s damn brilliant! What I would like give special mention is the mastership of the speaker, when he manages to find present day comparisons to Coleridge’s imagery. Very effective, if a tad trivial, but for people unitiated in the topic, extremely useful.
So, without further ado, enjoy!
…And if you happen to know where the guy teaches, let me know. Awesomesauce.