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Sergei Solovyov's 'Anna Karenina' [04 Jun 2009|12:11pm]

The well-known Russian film director Sergei Solovyov has completed his screen version of Leo Tolstoy's 'Anna Karenina'. This film was Solovyov's long-standing dream. The movie is starring Tatyana Drubich as Anna, Oleg Yankovsky as Karenin, and Yaroslav Boiko as Vronsky. The world premiere of the movie took place on May 31st in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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hum... [16 May 2009|08:16am]


What an utterly darling little community! pity it's not so very busy but I, as a great lover of literature am delighted by it and it's ocasional quirks, so do tell me, loves, what is happening?

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Read “Suddenly Last Summer?” and “Summer & Smoke?” [02 May 2009|02:43pm]


It’s either due to age or having too much “fun” in my youth – it may even be mild, barely discernible stokes while I sleep - but I’m increasingly becoming forgetful. I forget names and words and my recall is, at best, delayed. I think slower but maybe I’ve just become more ‘meditative,’ but who knows. Nonetheless, I’m concerned. Therefore, I have decided to write anything and everything in this whatever-it’s-called [LiVEJOURNAL?] - even if it’s a simple word or a sentence or a thought like:

I don’t know if it is wisdom, but it’s definitely a ‘truth’ when Maggie says to Brick in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof:
“You can be young without money, but you can’t be old without it. You’ve got to be old with money because to be old without it is just too awful, you’ve go to be one or the other, either young or with money, you can’t be old and without it.” (Act I, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)
I appreciate the lyrical language of Williams and have read his three best plays: The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Despite Cat’s critical success, I still maintain A Streetcar is Williams’ best play, with Blanche Dubois as his most (and my most) realized dramatized character (notwithstanding – did I use that word correctly? - any of Toni Morrison’s characters). Hitherto, I had no desire to read any other plays by Williams, but Harold Bloom suggests it is worth reading Suddenly Last Summer and Summer & Smoke, which he claims are underrated. Despite my love/hate understanding and appreciation of Bloom, as literary critic, I am placing the aforementioned plays on my reading list based on his recommendation.
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Y. B. Yeats 'The Player Queen' [27 Mar 2009|11:31pm]
Please, help. I need a text of Yeats's drama 'The Player Queen' badly.
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Jane Austen & Feminism: A Little Help? [27 Mar 2009|02:34pm]


Hey, I'm writing a report on Jane Austen & Feminism for my lovely Journalism course in Notting Hill (gorgeous!) & I really need some opinions for primary research. Any contributions would be SO SO appreciated. Let's see how clever you cats are.

Now that that’s cleared up, let’s carry on:

The questions are just to get you to think, don’t answer them one by one or anything. Try to give me a couple sound bytes for the report. Ha, ha. To place this report in context, it is for my Contextual studies class.

Statement: The portrayal of women in “Chick Lit” inspired by the works of Jane Austen actually indicates a back-pedalling on the forward-thinking Feminist ideals espoused in Austen’s novels. (I must work on reshaping that sentence, what’s with all the forwards-backwards stuff?)


List recent media inspired by the works of Jane Austen that you are familiar with. eg. Twilight, Bridget Jone’s Diary (Or, of course, the true classics such as The Man Who Loved Jane Austen (right...), Sex and Sensibility (yikes!), or Jane Austen in Boca/Scarsdale (take your pick)) Feel free to discuss film adaptations as well (Clueless, That Mormon One)

What would a Feminist think of these pieces of media? Analyze as a Feminist. (Now that I think about it, wasn’t Elizabeth in the Mormon movie writing a book about Feminist robots or something? Clearly ahead of her time or else I really don’t get that film.)

How are women portrayed in these pieces of media?

What would a Feminist think of the works of Jane Austen? Analyze as a Feminist.

How are women portrayed in the works of Jane Austen?

And, inevitably, how are women portrayed in the works of Jane Austen as compared to the works she inspired?

Consider: The time at which Austen was writing, societal views on marriage then and today, the novels in context.

You probably get the idea so whatever you can think of; have fun with it.

This is assignment isn’t due for about two weeks but I would like to finish it this week to be honest because it’s the last week of term and I would love to enjoy a luxurious vacation. If you can’t be bothered, just give me permission and I will take the liberty of furnishing you with a veritable potpourri of suitable quotations with your name attached at no extra cost to you. Thanks in advance to anyone who responds. You guys are the bee’s knees!
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Hello...and help? [26 Mar 2009|11:36pm]

[ mood | ????? ]

Hello all!  I surely hope that someone can help me with a bit of a mystery.  (I even signed up for this community in the hopes that you would...so, hi, I'm new here =^_^=)

I love Chaim Potok.  His works are awesome in their simplicity and utterly captivating and mesmerizing and all manner of other words of this nature.  If you haven't read his stuff, you should.  (Check out The Chosen or My Name is Asher Lev to start with) 

If you have read his stuff, and are familiar with the collection of novellas Old Men At Midnight, you may be who I am looking for.  In the short story at the end, entitled The Trope Teacher, Davita is depicted as a character that changes appearance.  She appears young and, to put it bluntly, hot, to the narrator of the story irl, but when he sees her writing she is large, grey haired, etc.  And my enquiring mind wants to know....why???  Cuz I'm just not seeing it here, fellas.  Help?

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CHECK IT OUT! [13 Oct 2008|01:07pm]

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you wanna see more pics & any question - seoung14@hotmail.com
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Well hey there!! :D [15 Sep 2008|05:13pm]

I've recently gotten my hands on The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I was wondering, what other works of his are worth looking into?

Also, I'm currently reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. Any other books along this genre that I should check out?

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“I was crazy for a while, but I’m not now.” [10 Mar 2008|09:54pm]

It starts off with a mother and father returning home from visiting their daughter in the hospital. During dinner that night, the father dies form a massive coronary. And then the daughter dies. Thus begins Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking - one of ten books I received Christmas 2007 and the first one I’m reading. I discovered Joan Didion on Charlie Rose and was intrigued by the relationship between the books title and its topic and I love stores about loss because they're never about loss, but survival.
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[25 Jan 2008|01:17pm]

Hi! Do you keep a Reading or Book Live Journal? Would you like to meet other people who do, in order to make new LJ Friends, and discuss literature, or share common interests? Check out addmy_readinglj in order to do so! (:
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Tristia III.10 [16 Oct 2007|08:43pm]

I'm looking for a good, not necessarily all too literal translation of Ovid's Tristia III.10 (Siquis adhuc istic...). I really loved Creech's rhymed version of his Amores II.6: "Alas! poor Poll, my Indian talker, dies!/ Go, birds, and celebrate his obsequies;" etc. Something in that vein would really make me happy.

Thank you in advance!
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Critics [15 Sep 2007|07:47pm]

Hi. I'm Jari and I'm a first-time poster. I've been on a lit kick for quite a while. (All my life? LOL.) I'm not a student. (I do have a Liberal Arts degree, however.) I do toy with the idea of going back to school for lit when the corporate world drags me down, but that's a maybe someday, wishful thinking sort of thing. (The urge hasn't quite hit that threshold to spur me on my way, but it may eventually get to that point.) Anyway, my question is this: Who are your favorite critics? I've been scrolling through earlier posts and I see a lot recomendations to check out literary critics, in that doing so would help to cultivate a better analytical ability. However, I have little idea of where to start. (Well, I did check out one book by Harold Bloom about his take on Hamlet, but... He just didn't agree with me. No offense meant to any of his fans out there. He would be a great source for an essay someday; I could write quite a few rebuttals against him. LOL.)

For an idea of what kind of tastes I have, (though I suppose that's really not important) here are some of my favs and a few recent reads: Christopher Marlow's Hero & Leander, Ovid's elegies, Doctor Faustus; Shakespeare's King Lear, Hamlet, Richard II, the Henry's, Much Ado About Nothing, etc; Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Grey; Homer's Odyssey; Lewis Caroll's Alice In Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass; anything by Edgar Allan Poe, and, well, the list goes on and on. I'm also really into poetry: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Emily Dickenson, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Andrew Marvel, Robert Frost, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sir Philip Sidney, Sir Thomas Wyatt, Edmund Spenser, Alexander Pope, William Wordsworth, etc. Also, if you happen to think of any good, favorite literary staples that would prove beneficial to a would-be lit major, I'd be much obliged. (Like, say, how how having read Ovid's Metamorphoses was really good for Hero & Leander - I can imagine it made it much more enjoyable than if I hadn't. That type of thing.) Anyway, thanks in advance for your help.
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[10 Sep 2007|12:22pm]

[ mood | content ]

Finished reading Hunter's Gold by and Disgrace by J M Coetze yesterday.

Discovered that a 13 part tv series was made from Hunter's Gold. Several people in nz_literature remembered watching it. Must see if it's available sometime.

Enjoyed Disgrace, which is the story of a former university professor who seeks sanctuary on his lesbian daughter's farm slash boarding kennel in the country after having an affair with one of his students, which is discovered and made public knowledge. Life on the farm brings new insights, fresh challenges and ultimately a devastating blow to both of their lives after they are assaulted and robbed by a trio of men. The dogs become metaphors for oppression and also track the changing attitudes of the ex-professor. His attitudes towards women, lesbianism and life in general also change considerably during the course of the novel.

Started reading Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami yesterday. Not far into it yet, but I'm enjoying the lighter tone of the tale. Be interesting to see how it develops.

I've started making notes about the books I'm reading as I progress. Plot, characters, key points, relevant quotes, attitudes towards women/men/homosexuality etc. Themes. Metaphors. Basically second guessing the reviewers and critics, to see how accurate my interpretation of the novels are. A lot of the time, I find that I'm fairly on to it.

Crossposted in book_marked, 1000_1books and various other LJ reading communities.

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[08 Sep 2007|05:13pm]

[ mood | content ]

Just finished Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. It struck me that several of the characters had the same dream; a piece of land they could call home. The cessation of money worries. In much the same way that many people dream of owning their own home and being financially independent today. Prejudice also seemed to be a common theme in this novel, against black people, women and handicapped people. Loneliness too, stood out as a predominant theme. Curley's wife craved company, as did Crooks. Both seemed somewhat misunderstood. Crooks because he was proud, Curley's wife because she was too friendly with the hired men and acquired a reputation as being a troublemaker as a result. Friendship too, and loyalty. Both George and Lennie are sympathetic characters, for different reasons.

I haven't read any critiques of this book, because I want to read the classics and form my own ideas and impressions of them, before analyzing them further.

I enjoyed this book and wonder what would have become of Lennie in this day and age. Would he be better off? I guess it would depend on the circumstances.

Am halfway through Hunter's Gold by Roger Simpson. A young adult illustrated novel about a a boy's journey from Dunedin (New Zealand) to Arrowtown (New Zealand) to search for his missing father in the goldfields of Central Otago. Set in the 1900s, it is an adventure story full of quirky characters and near misses. An interesting read.

PS: I enjoyed these books even more because I was able to read them outdoors, in the Spring gardens around town. Beautiful! A great excuse for a walk. (:

Crossposted in book_marked (my personal reading journal), nz_literature and several other LJ reading communities.

Check out gerald_durrell if you're a fan of his work.

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[06 Sep 2007|10:32pm]

[ mood | content ]

Started with My Sister's Keeper by Jodie Picoult. A touching, insightful, gripping drama about a girl's struggle for medical emancipation from her family. Held my interest until the end. Full of twists and turns.

Next came Youth by J M Coetze. The story of a young South African man who moves to London in the hope that by doing so he will change his life, become a writer and succeed in the world, only to have his dreams quashed through a mixture of bad luck and passivity upon his own part. A tad depressing, but an interesting read.

Then Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. Full of evocative imagery, intriguing characters, colourful scenes and thought-provoking reflections on life. I have put Geishas of Gion on my must-read list after hearing of the controversy this novel stirred up. Great movie, also! (:

Slaughterhouse Five was next. The story of yet another aimless wanderer, picking his way precariously through a war. The rapidly changing scenes and time travel in this book, plus the random appearances of the author were quite disconcerting at first, but I found it quite entertaining overall.

Just finished Nectar by Lily Prior. The story of a nymphomaniac albino. Sensual. Improbable. Entertaining.

I'm also in the midst of reading Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Steinberg, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Gerald Durrell: The Authorized Biography by Douglas Botting, Manage Your Mind: The Mental Fitness Guide by Gillian Butler and Tony Hope, King Lear by William Shakespeare, Time to Write to Yourself: A Guide to Journaling for Emotional Health and Self-Development by Dianne Sandland and The Great Transformation: The World in the Time of Buddha, Socrates, Confucious and Jeremiah by Karen Armstrong.

Crossposted in book_marked (my personal reading journal) and various LJ reading communities.

Check out
1000_1books and nz_literature if you're interested in New Zealand literature or in recording your progress through 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.

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The Count of Montecristo online reading community [06 Aug 2007|08:31pm]

Hi everybody!

For those of you who read Italian, I just opened apuntate, a community where we read and discuss books together chapter by chapter.

The first novel running is The Count of Montecristo, Alexandre Dumas père’s most famous novel (starting today!), an engrossing story of love, betrayal and vengeance… if you’re interested, feel free to join us and spread the word! :)
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New community for reading Mansfield Park [13 Jun 2007|06:37pm]

episodical has just been launched. This community will be used to for posting novels, a chapter at a time, to be read and discussed. Our first novel will be Jane Austen's controversial Mansfield Park, a tale of character and sensibility, marriage and class, wit and social critique. The reading will start on Monday 18 June and two or three chapters will be posted per week, along with links to a free audio recording so that you can listen along as well if you like. In the future, we're hoping to post other novels from the 18th and 19th centuries, including Victorian and gothic.

Come and join us, and feel free to spread the word!
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A Level in English Literature [04 Jun 2007|06:48pm]


Hi everyone

It looks like this is the right community to ask this question - sorry if I am mistaken.

I am looking to get A Level in English Literature and need advice regarding the best school / colleage for it. I live in London and think a two year course to be attended once or twice a week.

Could anyone share their ideas please on where I should better go for this to have it high quality and interesting?

Thanks for your help in advance!

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Hullo there. [12 May 2007|11:05pm]

[ mood | tired ]

Hi there, I'm new!

I'm seventeen and taking Eng Literature as an AS level, shortly continuing on to A level this summer and then hoping to take it further to Uni after that.
I came across this livejournal in a hope that I could broaden my reading to prepare myself for uni but also for my own enjoyment. I have been reading since I was very young but feel almost as if I haven't read enough or at least widely enough.
Can anyone recommend me some summer reading?
I'm considering taking on Ulysses (having nearly finished Portrait of) and was wondering possibly about some lesser known Shakespearean plays...?
I'm a romantiscist, hugely in love with Du Maurier, Austen, Brontes etc and have fallen heavily for the wit of Wilde. 
Can someone point me in a direction of some deeper English Literature?

Thanks so much!


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embracing literature.. [11 May 2007|05:11pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]


My background is in the sciences but these days I'm actually more interested in literature criticism and analysis. As such I'm sort of picking things up as I go along but occasionally I come across a literary term that I'm not familiar with. Are there any other autodidacts in this community that have any advice for me? I'd be interested in hearing your stories on how you got interested into literary theory in the first place too. How about some text-book (is that the right word for Humanities books? heh) recommendations?

Thank you in advance.

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