Miscellany from the Material World of Books
“[Language] is not so much a stock of materials as a horizon, which implies both a boundary and a perspective; in short, it is the comforting area of an ordered space. The writer literally takes nothing from it; a language is for him rather a frontier, to overstep which alone might lead to the linguistically supernatural; it is a field of action, the definition of, and hope for, a possibility.”
– Roland Barthes, Writing Degree Zero
Podcast: Adventures in Close Reading
William Flesch teaches English, film, and sometimes philosophy at Brandeis. He's the author of three books: Generosity and the Limits of Authority: Shakespeare, Herbert, Milton, Comeuppance: Costly Signaling, Altruistic Punishment, and Other Biological Components of our Interest in Fiction, and, perhaps most proudly, The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry: 19th Century, which has an entry on Hemans's "Casabianca."
He too podcasts -- you can find his selected courses complete at amimetobios.podbean.com or the last hundred episodes on iTunes. Some of his blog entries can be found at Stanford's Arcade; others, more anonymously, at Balaustion.com. In 2012 he was the International Chair Professor at National Taipei University of Technology.