Yesterday our Course of Study enjoyed a visit from Brazos Fellows guest instructor Dr. Alan Jacobs. Dr. Jacobs is Distinguished Professor of Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor, where he teaches and writes on theology and literature, literary theory and the history of criticism, and technologies of reading, writing and research. His many books include The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction and The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography, and most recently How To Think and The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis.
Dr. Jacobs introduced the fellows to the poetry of W.H. Auden, specifically Auden’s Horae Canonicae, a series of seven poems that, as Jacobs put it, “take place on the day of the Crucifixion; or, considered in another way, on any Good Friday; or, considered in yet a different way, on every day of our lives.” It was a fantastic discussion of a marvelous poem (which you can listen to Auden reading here.)
I had the chance to sit down with Alan for an episode of “Five Questions in Ten Minutes.” We discussed why we should pay more attention to the poetry and thought of W. H. Auden, the work of philosopher Albert Borgmann–and Alan’s next book project. Listen to our conversation here:
Here are links to various items we talked about:
- The Auden Society.
- Selected Poems by W. H. Auden.
- Here are several great articles on Auden by Jacobs: “Auden and the Limits of Reality,” and “Remembering Auden“.
- Two books by Albert Borgmann: Holding on to Reality: The Nature of Information at the Turn of the Millennium and Power Failure: Christianity in the Culture of Technology.
- The lecture Borgmann gave at Regent College, “The Lure of Technology: understanding and Reclaiming the World“.
- You can get a sneak preview of Jacobs’ forthcoming project in this article of his: “To survive our high-speed society, cultivate ‘temporal bandwidth‘”.
- The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition by Ursula K. Le Guin, as well as her Always Coming Home.