William Flesch

William Flesch

Podcast: Adventures in Close Reading

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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.

(William reads Elizabeth Bishop's poem "Casabianca" and Ernest Hemingway's story "A Day's Wait" during the interview.)