Arts+Culture

Arts+Culture

We Are the Eighth Day, © Melanie Weidner

Books

Welcome to the Wisdom of the World and Its Meaning for You, by Joan Chittister

A book I like to teach

Joseph Campbell, the great scholar of mythology, once said that we should read other people’s stories because when we read our own, we assume they are factual, but when we read the myths of others, we begin to understand symbolism, and our imaginations transport us into realms of deeper meaning.

Books

Ulysses, by James Joyce

A book I like to teach

For 20 years I taught James Joyce’s Ulysses every year, but I don’t get to anymore—new university, new job description. I miss it terribly, even though my opinion of its quality wavered from semester to semester.

Books

The Damnation of Theron Ware, by Harold Frederic

A book I like to teach

The Damnation of Theron Ware, by Harold Frederic (1896), is the fictional tale of a sheltered Methodist minister who is suddenly bombarded with new theories of biblical criticism, exposure to Irish Catholic practices, and the allure of emerging ideals of the “modern woman”—all of which shake his religious foundation.