Plague course

Best books for COVID-19 class — what would you add?
1. Boccaccio / Decameron — some say just first chapter
2. Camus / La peste
3. Mann / The magic mountain
4. Mann / Death in Venice
5. Anon. / Nibelungenlied (Bary, Chataeva)
6. GGM / Love in the time of cholera (Chataeva likes it)
7. Defoe, A Journal of the Plague Year
8. Isabel: It occurs to me that you could do “Waiting for Godot” in your pandemic course. It turns up in Bernard-Henri Levi’s book, The Virus in the Age of Madness, which I have just read. Not about a plague exactly, but an interesting connection.
9. London / Scarlet Plague
10. Richard Matheson /I Am Legend
11. Alison Hawver McDowell: With roll out of biometric tracking – possibly Zamyatin’s “We.”
12. Carolyn Betensky: Not a book but short stories in today’s all-fiction NYT Magazine. (Must have been July 13 2020 — Z)
13. Carl Coussan: A Distant Mirror..The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara Tuchman
14. Alfred Lopez: It’s a different plague, but And The Band Played On would be a worthy addition. Also Bergman’s film The Seventh Seal.
15. Canterbury Tales, some say just Pardoner’s Tale
16. Angels in America
17. Bruce: Boccacio + Poe, “Masque of the Red Death,” and Isabel says add to it this Guardian article
18. Twelve Monkeys is apparently a plague movie, and there may be others
19. Quinn: Book When Plague Strikes — on plague, AIDS, more
20. Ballard: The Death Ship, by B. Traven
21. Katherine Anne Porter, Pale Horse, Pale Rider
22. Le hussard sur le toit by Jean Giono (or the film with Binoche and Martinez adapted from it)
33. Andromeda Strain, Michael Crichton
34. Mario Bellatín, Salón de belleza.

 


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