Literary Matters

2020 Readings

(R) = reread, * = favourite.

Molly Haskell: From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies. *

Larissa MacFarquhar: Strangers Drowning: Voyages to the Brink of Moral Extremity.

Laura Scott: So Many Rooms.

Ocean Vuong: Night Sky with Exit Wounds. (R)

V.F. Perkins: Film as Film: Understanding and Judging Movies.

Robert Crawford: On Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Anne Carson: Glass and God.


Autobiography of Red. (R) *

Antonio Di Benedetto: Zama. [Translated by Esther Allen.]

Malcolm Turvey: Play Time: Jacques Tati and Comedic Modernism.

Christina Newland (editor): She Found it at the Movies: Women Writers on Sex, Desire and Cinema.

Gregory Woods: Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World.

Marcel Proust: In Search of Lost Time: Swann’s Way. [Translated by Lydia Davis.] *

In Search of Lost Time: In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower. [Translated by James Grieve.]

In Search of Lost Time: The Guermantes Way. [Translated by Mark Traherne.]

In Search of Lost Time: Sodom and Gomorrah. [Translated by John Sturrock.] *

In Search of Lost Time: The Prisoner. [Translated by Carol Clark.]

In Search of Lost Time: The Fugitive. [Translated by Peter Collier.]

In Search of Lost Time: Finding Time Again. [Translated by Ian Patterson.] *

Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh and Darrell William Davis: Taiwan Film Directors: A Treasure Island.

Reni Eddo-Lodge: Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race.

Inuhiko Yomota: What is Japanese Cinema?: A History. [Translated by Philip Kaffen.]

Ishion Hutchinson: House of Lords and Commons. (R)

Heather Love: Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History. *

Donald Richie: A Hundred Years of Japanese Film: A Concise History.

Anne Carson: The Beauty of the Husband. *

Red Doc>.

Roland Barthes: A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments. [Translated by Richard Howard.] (R)

Michael Axworthy: Iran: Empire of the Mind, a History from Zoroaster to the Present Day

Sianne Ngai: Ugly Feelings

Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting

Raymond Durgnat: Films and Feelings. *

Andrew Klevan: Aesthetic Evaluation and Film.

Bill Nichols: Introduction to Documentary.

Stanley Cavell: The World Viewed: Reflections on the Ontology of Film.

Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage.

Alice Oswald: A Sleepwalk on the Severn.

Gilberto Perez: The Eloquent Screen: A Rhetoric of Film.

B. Ruby Rich: New Queer Cinema: The Director’s Cut.

Mieko Kawakami: Ms Ice Sandwich. [Translated by Louise Heal Kawai.]

Thomas Elsaesser and Malte Hagener: Film Theory: An Introduction Through the Senses.

Richard Rushton and Gary Bettinson: What is Film Theory?: An Introduction to Contemporary Debates.

Tony Rayns: In the Mood for Love.

Song Hwee Lim: Tsai Ming-liang and a Cinema of Slowness.

Peter Wollen: Signs and Meaning in the Cinema.

Todd McGowan: Psychoanalytic Film Theory and The Rules of the Game.

E. Ann Kaplan (editor): Psychoanalysis & Cinema.

Adrian Martin: Mise en Scène and Film Style: From Classical Hollywood to New Media Art.

James Naremore: Charles Burnett: A Cinema of Symbolic Knowledge.

Judith Mayne: The Woman at the Keyhole: Feminism and Women’s Cinema.

So Mayer: Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema.

James Merrill: Collected Poems. *

Karl Schoonover and Rosalind Galt: Queer Cinema in the World.

Jessica J. Lee: Two Trees Make a Forest: On Memory, Migration and Taiwan.

Mieko Kawakami: Breasts and Eggs. [Translated by Sam Bett and David Boyd.]

Garth Greenwell: What Belongs to You.

Sylvia Townsend Warner: Lolly Willowes. *

Lucie Brock-Broido: A Hunger.

The Master Letters.

Trouble in Mind. *

Stay, Illusion. *

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