My Unplanned Sabbatical

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Negotiating a tricky passage

My bypass surgery’s been scheduled for 17 August, with my recovery and recuperation likely to take at least three months after that, so it looks as if this silly cardiac business is going to put a question mark over the rest of 2015.

I’m hoping still to be able to run a couple of six-week courses in November-December.  Perhaps the Kafka and the Wallace Stevens courses, and some further sessions in the Old English series for you dedicated souls who’ve stuck with it all this time.

If all goes to plan.  But for the moment we’ve got to assume everything will remain on hold till 2016.  Expect some notice one way or the other by October.  And thank you all again for your messages of sympathy and encouragement.  The outlook remains very positive, once I get through the physical challenge up front, and I’m looking forward to pushing on with a full schedule once I’m fighting fit again.

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2015 Courses delayed

Hi, all. I’ve had angiogram today that has revealed that I will indeed need bypass surgery shortly. I’m seeing the surgeon 27 July and hope the actual surgery will happen as soon as possible after that.

So, for the moment, all courses in the Melbourn Literature Seminars scheduled for 2015 that aren’t already under way will have to go on indefinite hold. The long courses on The Canterbury Tales and the English Mystery Plays will have to be postponed to 2016, though I do hope I’ll be able to run a smattering of six-week courses later in 2015 if all goes well. These will include the courses I’ve advertised on Kafka and Wallace Stevens, and I hope to come up with a few surprises as well.

I will also resume the MLS Refectory series of lunchtime poetry sessions later this year, as soon as possible after I recover from the surgery. I will get notices out about any resumption as soon as I’m able.

Fnally, the Old English course currently under way ought to be able to meet for its remaining sessions.

Thanks so much to you all for your good wishes. The prognosis is very good, and I should come out of this more energetic and digressive than ever. You have been warned.

All the best,
Bob

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How I Teach

I get asked this a lot, and a few stray responses gathered in my head yesterday, in a big enough murmuration of starlings that I tried to collect them on paper.  Here’s a PDF of the result.

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Jim Carey making his exit as Truman Burbank in the finale of one of my all-time favourite films, The Truman Show. A very lecturely pose!

How I Teach

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Arena Magazine Reviews

Ishiguro The Buried Giant Review

the-buried-giantI was recently asked to review Kazuo Ishiguro’s new novel for Arena Magazine.  Here is the result.

 

A few issues previously I reviewed Paul Kingsnorth’s The Wake, a far less happy affair.  So you can read me urbane, or you can read me bitchy.  Or both.  Your call.

 

91_%20Paul%20Kingsnorth%20-%20The%20WakeKingsnorth The Wake Review

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Yeats’ A Vision

Yeats-The-Great-Wheel-81I gave a brief (for me!) talk on A Vision, the occult classic by W.B. Yeats, as part of the celebrations commemorating his 150th birthday.  I dressed for the occasion in a peackock-blue silk waistcoat (couldn’t find a pince-nez, so my ordinary readers had to do).  Audience and speakers alike contributed to an extraordinary day.  Here’s a link to a recording of the talk I’ve put up on soundcloud:  https://soundcloud.com/robert-dinapoli/yeats-a-visionwma

 

 

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A Small Complication

Health issues have arisen for me (not too serious, but not negligible) that have unsettled the scheduling of the remaining courses for this year.  Until I know more, I would ask that no one transfer any fees to my account for courses that haven’t yet begun.  Dates will most likely have to be revised.  I will post more as the picture comes clearer for me.

Thanks for your understanding.

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Linguistics Lecture at Monash

I’ve uploaded the two parts of a lecture I delivered 28 May, the last in Kate Burridge’s History and Sociology of English unit at Monash University.  Kate had to attend an overseas conference in the final week, so she asked me to deputize.  ‘Go play’, she said, and I did!  Ropey but good lateral fun.  Below are links to the lecture on the Sound Cloud page and to the PowerPoint I accompanied my talk with, which contains all the texts I read out.

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Final Lecture

 

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Three Poems in Arena Magazine

The current issue for April, 2015 (no. 135) has published three recent poems of mine.  Since I first began writing bad knock-offs of T.S. Eliot and W.B. Yeats in my late teens, it’s been a very long road indeed.  But worth the wait to see something out there in the public domain.  Many thanks to Arena  and its editors!  The PDF below has scans of all three.

Arena poems April 2015

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New Courses for 2015 Finalised!

Here is a PDF containing the details of all the remaining courses to run for 2015 in The Melbourne Literature Seminars.

Final Timetable for Further 2015 Courses

Recommended Texts

All courses to take place in Ross House, 247 Flinders Lane.  Details of times, room bookings and fees can be found in the PDF.

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Four Confirmations

I have confirmed bookings for four courses upcoming from April, on The Canterbury Tales, W.B. Yeats, Icelandic Sagas, and late Shakespeare.  Details of the courses and the texts you’ll want to acquire if you’re planning on attending can be found on the ‘Courses & Seminars’ link.

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