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"The Novel of the Century"

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Dr. David Bellos was educated at Oxford and teaches French and Comparative Literature at Princeton, where he also directs the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication. He has written biographies of Georges Perec and Jacques Tati that have been translated into many languages, and an introduction to translation studies, Is That A Fish in Your Ear? He has translated numerous authors from French (Perec, Vargas, Kadare, Simenon, Antelme, Fournel) and offers a new understanding of the extraordinary life and work of Romain Gary in Romain Gary A Tall Story. His latest book is a study of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, Les Misérables.
Topics Covered:
  • Les Miserable: How to Exercise an Act of Redemption in the Real World. (6:50)
  • How the Life of the Poor Influenced Victor Hugo to Write the Most Ambitious Novel of the 19th Century. (14:27)
  • The Long Novel: 19th Century Transformation through Literature (31:01)
  • "Reading a Novel is Not Something to Feel Guilty About"

    Elizabeth M. Kelly

    Managing Editor, LOGOS;

    Adjunct Professor of Catholic Studies
    Topics Covered:
  • Deep Thinking Comes from Deep Reading (4:15)
  • Reading Flannery O’Connor Changed Me (9:00)
  • What is True Leisure? (12:10)
  • Permission to Fail By Cultural Standards (16:15)
  • What Makes a Book A Worthy Read? (22:20)
  • A Praying Mother is the Most Powerful Woman on Earth! (24:00)
  • All Women are Mothers (27:50)
  • What is the Focus of the Family? (28:35)
  • How Deep Reading Cultivates the Interior Life (29:00)
  • “What Makes a Great Book Great?”


    Topics Covered:

  • What is the purpose of literature?
  • What if We're Scandalized By Good Literature?
  • How Do Busy Women Make Time to Read
  • "Is Our Ability to Deep Read Changing?"
  • Dr. Mary Reichardt joined Faculty Development in Spring 2015 to coordinate our Professional Writing Services. She holds a Master’s degree in English as a Second Language from the University of Illinois-Champaign, a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has taught at St. Thomas since 1988. The author or editor of thirteen books, she has provided professional writing, editing, and review services to businesses, academic presses, and grant foundations for many years.

    "Why I Am Grateful My Mother Was a Reader"

    Dr. Erika Kidd

    Assistant Professor, Catholic Studies;

    Director, Master of Arts in Catholic Studies

    Ph.D. Philosophy, Villanova University

    Topics Covered:
  • Nurture Yourself: Feed Your Children
  • Is it Okay to Shut the Door and Read?
  • "Why Dante Will Always Be For Beginners"

    Dr. William Junker Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies; Co-Director, Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy.

    Ph.D. John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought and the Department of English, University of Chicago, 2011.

    M.A. Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, 2003
    Topics Covered:
  • Mary's Role in Salvation
  • How Dante Helped Me Understand Scripture More Deeply
  • "Dante and The Journey of Love: Pilgrimage in Renaissance Art"

    Dr. Elizabeth Lev Art historian, bestselling author, international speaker and certified sommelier. She teaches Baroque, Renaissance and Christian Art at Duquesne University in Rome.
    Topics Covered:
  • Dante's words painted pictures in the minds of his readers
  • Blueprint for artists, particularly of Hell
  • Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel fresco illustrates the epic poem
  • Michelangelo's greatest lesson on the role of the Virgin Mary