Links about texts

Here you can find links that are relevant to the texts we’re reading/have read. I may have to break this page up into more than one page if it gets large! Please suggest links to me in class, or via email.

Sophocles, Oedipus the King

Here is an article that a lecturer in a previous iteration of Arts One had suggested students take a look at. I think it’s very useful for giving a sense of what the ancient Greeks would have thought about fate and free will, among other things. There are some Greek terms in it (in Greek letters), but even if you don’t understand those you can still get a fair bit out of it.

Dodds, E.R. “On Misunderstanding the ‘Oedipus Rex’.” Greece & Rome 13.1 (1966): 37-49.


Here is that poem about Oedipus made out of California license plates, by Daniel Nussbaum, that Robert Crawford referred to in lecture.


Hildegard of Bingen

Some sites that have illustrations from some of her writings:



Here is a 10 minute video that lets you hear what some scholars think English sounded like during the time that Shakespeare was writing. It also explains how this original pronunciation for Shakespeare’s works leads us to understand some new jokes and new rhymes we couldn’t understand with modern pronunciation.



This page gives a concise history of various views in astronomy in the Western intellectual tradition, from Babylon to Newton.

This page has some nice animations showing the difference between the older (Ptolemaic) view of why the planets seem to backtrack against the stars, vs. how it is explained in the Copernican model of the sun being at the centre rather than the earth.


William Blake

The UBC library has a digital copy of A Blake Dictionary: The Ideas and Symbols of William Blake, by S Foster Damon and Morris Eaves. You can get to it with a CWL here (though if you’re getting to it from on campus this link may just take you straight to the book w/o having to use your CWL):


Charles Darwin

A number of people in class were interested in natural theology. Here are a couple of links about it.



Here’s a nice site that has a good deal of basic information about Freud’s theories:


Kleist, “The Earthquake in Chile”

In lecture, Voltaire’s response to Leibniz in regard to the 1755 earthquake in Lisbon was discussed. You can see Voltaire’s poem about this, and part of a letter that Rousseau wrote in response, here:


Carter, The Bloody Chamber

Carter had translated some fairy tales by Charles Perrault before or around the same time as writing The Bloody Chamber (her translation of those tales came out in 1977, and The Bloody Chamber was published in 1979). Here are some of Perrault’s tales in other translations.

Fairy tales by Charles Perrault from this page:
  • Blue Beard
  • Puss in Boots
  • Little Red Riding Hood
and also Beauty and the Beast by Perrault:


The “Erl-King” could have numerous originals (look it up on Wikipedia), but this poem by Goethe is pretty well-known:


Mulvey and Hitchcock

Excerpts from Mulvey’s film, Riddles of the Sphinx (1977)



From previous years…


Genesis and Kant

Here’s an outline of Genesis that I’ve found useful for when I can’t remember which chapter certain things are in!

Can’t keep the family tree straight in Genesis? Wikipedia has a nice chart, though it only goes up to Joseph and doesn’t include his sons:

The CBC radio program “Ideas” has an episode in which various interpretations of the story of Eve are discussed, called “The Face of Eve”:


Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling

Here’s a short article discussing the author’s pseudonym for the text, Johannes de Silentio:

Here’s a nice outline of some of the main points of the text:

This is a discussion of some of the main claims and arguments in each section of the text:\


Plato, Gorgias

1. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has a nice summary of the main arguments in the Gorgias, here:

2. The Partially Examined Life podcast has an episode on Plato’s Gorgias.
— You can skip the beginning, where they talk about new episodes they might/might not do, and why. They start talking about the dialogue at 10:47, and they do a nice summary of the text, then go into specific arguments and criticisms of those. This podcast is rather long, but very comprehensive.


Hobbes, Leviathan

Here’s a pretty concise overview of the English civil war, the execution of Charles I, and more–all of this is relevant to the context in which Hobbes is writing.

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has a pretty concise overview of Hobbes’ political arguments–gives a kind of outline of Leviathan beginning around Chapter 13:

Here’s a Philosophy Bites podcast that talks about the Leviathan in its historical context (short podcast):

The Partially Examined Life podcast has an episode on Leviathan (sometimes explicit language in these)–this one is pretty long:


Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

Here’s a site I found that lists the characters in the text (not every single one, but many of them), which I have found helpful when trying to remember exactly who someone was when I read about them later in the book:


Strickland, The Ballad of Sand and Harry Soot

Here is a version of this poem in linear fashion (not how it’s supposed to be read), but in case you want to just want to read the words:


John Berger, Ways of Seeing

Images from the text

This page has some of the paintings from the book, in colour; though some of the links are 404 errors:

This page also has a number of the images from the book:

Essay 1

Frans Hals images of the Regents and Regentesses of the Old Men’s Alms House are here:

Pictorial essay 2

Some of the images from essay 2 are on the page linked above:

Essay 3

Many of the images from essay 3 are on the page linked above:

Essay 5

Zoomable image of Holbein’s The Ambassadors:

Some of Peter Claesz still lifes, like that shown on p. 100:

Charles II being presented with a pineapple, by Hewart (p. 100):

Mr. Towneley and Friends by Zoffany (p. 101):

Ossian Receiving Napoleon’s Marshalls by Girodet (p. 102):

Paintings by Adriaen Brouwer (see p. 103):

Zoomable version of Mr and Mrs Andrews by Gainsborough (p. 106-107):

Rembrandt’s self-portraits (pp. 111-112):

Pictorial essay 6

A Family Group, possibly by Nouts (p. 120):

A Sleeping Maid and Her Mistress (The Idle Servant) by nicholaes Maes (pp. 120-121):

A Man and a Woman in a Stableyard by Pieter Quast (pp. 120-121):

The James Family by Arthur Devis (p. 123):

Witches’ Sabbath by Luis Ricardo Falero (p. 127):,_by_Luis_Ricardo_Falero.jpg

Psyche’s Bath by Frederic, Lord Leighton (p. 127):

La fortune passe, by Albert Maignan (p. 127) (this is the best photo I could find, but it has a watermark on it):

BBC television series


Studies of differences between American comics and Japanese manga by Neil Cohn and others (scroll down to “Cross-Cultural Comparison”):

  • The ones from 2012 and 2016 synthesize some of the earlier studies and add new content; those are the ones I mostly looked at.
  • A list of “visual morphemes” related to emotions in manga, according to empirical research by Cohn and others:


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