Thursday, October 4
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Morrison Library in Doe Library
Fady Joudah’s fourth and most recent poetry collection is Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance. He is the recipient of a Yale Younger Poets prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, Lannan Residency, and the Griffin International Poetry prize. He is the translator of several volumes of Arabic poetry into English. He is also a practicing physician of internal medicine in Houston, TX.
While we’ve already featured wonderful new databases, digital collections, and journals for literature, the fantastic new books to the literature collection deserve their own attention. We have something for everyone—whether you’re looking for poetry, prose, or criticism.
Want a book that we don’t have in the library? Request it here.
The new Romance Language Collections Instagram feed brings forth little known and new resources and services in the UC Berkeley Library. Once you start following you’ll instantly receive early notices of new books, e-resources, exhibits, readings and more through your smartphone.
by Taylor Follett
Fall semester is always a time of fresh beginnings — new classes, new faces, and most excitingly for those of us at the library, access to new resources. We hope that the following new databases, books, journals, and much more will be of value to those studying literature. Here are some highlights for undergraduates, graduate students, and professors alike.
Welcome back to campus everyone! The Fall 2018 Newsletter provides a snap-shot of library services and new scholarly resources added in the past year with a focus on the Romance languages and southern European studies in particular. It includes new electronic resources; journals; workshops, instruction and library tours; recently digitized works; scholarly communication services; graphic novels; and newly acquired books from France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.
Librarian for Romance Language Collections
Early European Books Online (EEB) is a collection of digitized European books printed in the early modern period (1450s-1700). With strong representation in Danish, Dutch, French, Italian, and Latin among many other languages, this collection will be of interest to scholars in literature, philosophy, history, and religion. Works include those by Tycho Brahe, Michelangelo Buonarrotie the Younger (nephew of the painter Michelangelo), Nostradamus, Blaise Pascal, Rene Descartes, John Calvin, and many more.
The collection is drawn from the Danish Royal Library, the National Central Library in Florence, the National Library of France, the National Library of the Netherlands, the Wellcome Library in London, and others. It complements Berkeley’s access to Early English Books Online.
Search by country of publication, language, page features (illustration, musical notation), and source library. You may include historical and linguistic variants in your search. Books can be browsed in an online Flash-based viewer or downloaded as JPEGs or PDFs. Scans are of the entire physical object and pages, including marginalia and binding. Early European Books is moving to a new platform this year, so look forward to improved speed and usability.
It’s not just P.G. Wodehouse’s hilarious wordplay shot through the story that makes Summer Lightning such a treat, but equally the marvelously crazy, kind of sweet, and always and ever idiosyncratic British world you get to enter when you pick up one of his books. But a warning: Don’t read this on public transportation because too much laughing might startle one’s fellow passengers.
For a curious modern reader, Wodehouse’s books brim with tempting allusions from the literature and popular culture of the Edwardian era, the 1910s, the Jazz Age, and all the literature an English schoolboy of the time would have had to read. Take for instance Lord Emsworth’s niece Millicent Threepwood in Summer Lightning. She is a classic Wodehouse heroine — feisty, pretty, sometimes terrifyingly capable, but absolutely volatile and a little insane (those last two traits — like every other Wodehouse character).
Nor will Summer Lightning disappoint Wodehouse fans as a class, because it has its wonderful share of 1. broken engagements, 2. purloined items, 3. butlers. Last, just by the way, see the Wikipedia article on the Empress of Blandings, the book’s pig. Especially read the parenthetical words under the pig’s picture; they seem to have been written by a true Wodehouse aficionado.
That’s it for the 2018 Summer Reading List! Tune in again next summer for more great reads.
New Subcollections on Trial from Drama Online
The Library has a trial to new subcollections through our subscription to Drama Online. The trial will run through September 20th, 2018. The Library wants to hear from you! Please send your comments and feedback to sreardon at berkeley.edu.
Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen (2016-2018):
Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen 2 (2016-2018) is composed of streaming productions of The Duchess of Malfi, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, and Richard II from the theatre’s 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons. This subcollection builds on our existing access to previous productions from the Globe.
The Royal Shakespeare Company Live Collection:
Recordings of live screenings of 12 productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, including Hamlet, The Tempest, and King Lear.
Shakespeare’s Heroes & Villains:
A 1.5 hour streaming production featuring actor Steven Berkoff’s mediations on and performances of excerpts from Shakespeare’s heroes and villains.
Critical Studies & Performance Practice:
330 academic books from the Methuen Drama and The Arden Shakespeare imprints of Bloomsbury Academic, as well as over 60 actor training videos.
Aurora Metro Books:
Independent publisher with over 120 drama plays, including works from Robin Soans, Manjula Padmanabhan and Germaine Greer, as well as non-fiction books on theatre.
Playwrights Canada Press:
New plays, theatre history, criticism, and biography in Canadian theater, including French plays by Canadian authors in English translation.
About Drama Online
The UC Berkeley community already has access to much of Drama Online. Drama Online (Bloomsbury) is an online resource of primary and secondary sources for the study and performance of drama. It contains 1700 playtexts, 350 audio performances, and 150 hours of video. The platform has a web-based e-reader with page and line numbers that correspond to the print edition, download options, full text search, visualization tools including a Words and Speeches Graph and a Character Grid for each play, the ability to view lines for one specific character, genre, period, title, or playwright browsing, and annotation tools.
Content UC Berkeley already has access to:
- 1,100+ playtexts from Methuen Drama, Faber and Faber, and Arden Shakespeare, as well as contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides.
- Productions from Shakespeare’s Globe On Screen
- Early modern drama titles staged and filmed specifically for educational use (Doctor Faustus, The Duchess of Malfi, Volpone and School for Scandal).
- L.A. Theatre Works audio collection
- Playscripts from theatre publisher Nick Hern
- BBC Drama Films
One of the most unique programs that UC Berkeley has for its incoming and returning students is the “On The Same Page” reading program. All incoming students get a copy of the selected book, and all returning students, professors, and affiliated staff are encouraged to read it, too. This year, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale made it from the shelves and the screen to the hands of Berkeley students. Even more exciting, though, is that Margaret Atwood herself is talking on campus today, August 23rd, about her work.
If you haven’t read The Handmaid’s Tale yet, you should stop reading this blog post and go get the book from the library. Immediately. 🙂
Thursday, September 6
12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.
Morrison Library in Doe Library
Hosted by Geoffrey G. O’Brien, this event features distinguished faculty and staff from a wide range of disciplines introducing and reading a favorite poem. This year’s participants: Steven Black (Bancroft Library), Catalina Cariaga (School of Law), Cindy Cox (Music), David Marno (English), Claude Potts (Doe Library), Director Amy Scharf (Faculty and Departmental Diversity Initiatives), Ula Taylor (African American Studies), Raymond Telles (Ethnic Studies & the Center for Latino Policy Research), and Nancy Tran (Doe/Moffitt Library).