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Light in August by William Faulkner
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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
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To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
To the Lighthouse
by Virginia Woolf
read in October, 2014
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To go or not to go (to the lighthouse) Domestic things of marriage and family and earth mother are just as important as tales of war and regime change. King Lear covers both. Woolf couldn't write this if parents were still alive; great accomplishment ...more
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A Country Doctor by Franz Kafka
A Country Doctor
by Franz Kafka
read in October, 2014
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“A Country Doctor” (1919) take note of the physician-patient relationship, the story’s surreal qualities, and what the patient’s wound might signify. What kind of 'logic' seems to govern this narrative? How to make sense of the situation? Of the Gro ...more
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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
The Metamorphosis
by Franz Kafka
read in October, 2014
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Kafka is quintessential alienation writer. Longing for truth, spiritual. That's the relationship: between matter and spirit. First line: Gregor is an insect (not like an insect). Yet his first thoughts are about getting to work, continuing with routi ...more
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Helping by Edgar H. Schein
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Looks at different types of helping relationships to understand how initial contact between helper and client evolves to something that produces help. Building this, like any relationship, means being sensitive to social economics and cultural rules ...more
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Benito Cereno by Herman Melville
Benito Cereno
by Herman Melville
read in September, 2014
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Slave revolts on people's minds: Nat Turner, Dom Rep revolt in 1790s. Delano was a real person who wrote this up. As narrator, Melville wants to get across innocence, show how much is packed in that innocent can't see. Optimism (cf Emerson). We see w ...more
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Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville
Bartleby, the Scrivener
by Herman Melville
read in September, 2014
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Moby dick packs everything into the page: from Shakespeare to Hawthorne to the Bible. When he wrote it, no one could read it. Melville as a writer dies. relationship in non-romantic setting, everyday office setting, a hierarchical world cued to funct ...more
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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë
read in September, 2014
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Jane Eyre ought to be read against a backdrop of feminist concerns: what plots are available to female protagonists in mid-19th century European/British/American culture? Is Jane's trajectory a kind of Pilgrim's Progress? Why did this novel shock bou ...more
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Stress Test by Timothy F. Geithner
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