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Special literature and cinema events on November 9th

Film poster for John Huston’s 1987 film of James Joyce’s “The Dead”
On Friday, November 9, the Library Book Club will host two special events: At 12:00 Professor of Language and Literature Dr. Peter Fraser will lead a discussion of James Joyce’s Dubliners, concentrating on the final story, “The Dead.” In the evening at 6:30, Professor of Cinema Andrew Quicke will screen and lead a discussion of John Huston’s cinematic adaption of “The Dead.”

According to Harold Bloom, “The Dead” (1914), although written in a naturalistic style, “inaugurates the art of the mature Joyce.” John Huston’s film of “The Dead” (1987) was the director’s final film and is exceptionally faithful to Joyce’s story, making it particularly interesting to watch following a reading. The endings of both the story and the film are extraordinarily beautiful and will more than repay your time and effort in getting to know these works.

If you still think Joyce is only for high-brow types, do not be afraid! Dr. Fraser and Prof. Quicke are expert, gentle guides, and as always, the Library is here to help. You will find excellent educational videos on James Joyce and John Huston from FMG Films on Demand (Regent ID & password required). Our English literature and Cinema databases contain a wealth of helpful articles such as these two articles on the relationship between the story and film:

The book discussion will take place in the Library Conference Room, located inside Library Administration. The film screening will take place in Screening Room A (COM 145). Both events are free and open to the public.

Whether you have been planning to read or re-read great literature, or would like an introduction to Joyce, or simply wish to see something a bit more substantial than typical multiplex fare, your wait is over. Join the Library and Profs. Fraser and Quicke for some thought-provoking discussions about two masterpieces of literature and cinema.

For more information about these or other Library Book Club events, contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

Library hosts faculty book launch

Andrew Quicke and Terry Lindvall discussing the research for Celluloid Sermons
On April 17, The University Library and School of Communication and the Arts hosted a book launch of Celluloid Sermons: The Emergence of the Christian Film Industry, 1930-1986, by former Regent President Terry Lindvall and Professor of Cinema and Television Andrew Quicke.

Celluloid Sermons, the product of 20 years of collaboration and research by the authors, is actually the second volume of a three-part series on the history of Christian film. The first book, Sanctuary Cinema: The Origins of the Christian Film Industry (2007) was written by Dr. Lindvall and covered Christian film-making during the silent film era. Prof. Quicke is currently writing the final volume under the provisional title Christian Box Office: 1986-2010.

Both Prof. Quicke and Dr. Lindvall emphasized that the films explored in Celluloid Sermons were not intended to be sophisticated artistic works, but didactic vehicles covering everything from Bible and Church history to spiritual life and moral education.

Following the book talk, special collections librarian Bob Sivigny and Library archivist Don Gantz offered tours of the Film Research Center, located on the 4th floor of the Library. The Library’s collection of more than 3,500 16mm Christian films is believed to be one of the largest of its kind in the world. According to Prof. Quicke, to whom belongs much of the credit for building the Library’s Christian film collection, Celluloid Sermons is “a book that could only [have been] written at Regent University.”

A video of the complete event will be posted soon. For photos from the book launch, visit us on Flickr.

Library to celebrate new book by Terry Lindvall & Andrew Quicke on April 17

On Tuesday, April 17, The University Library and School of Communication and the Arts will celebrate the publication of Celluloid Sermons: The Emergence of the Christian Film Industry, 1930-1986, by former Regent President Terry Lindvall and Professor of Cinema and Television Andrew Quicke. The event will feature Dr. Lindvall and Prof. Quicke discussing their book, reading excerpts, and screening 16mm film clips. There will also be a reception, book signing, and tours of the 16mm film collection on the 4th floor of the Library.

Celluloid Sermons is the first scholarly work to survey the history of Christian films made specifically for teaching and evangelizing. According to Prof. Quicke, to whom belongs much of the credit for building the Library’s Christian film collection, Celluloid Sermons is “a book that could only [have been] written at Regent University.”

The book celebration will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Library Gallery (first floor, near the large windows in the back). To RSVP, contact Laura Thomas at lthomas@regent.edu.

Book Discussion & Film Screening: Contemporary Israeli literature and cinema

On Friday, April 20, Dr. Israel Zoberman, from Congregation Beth Chaverim in Virginia Beach, will lead a discussion of Lion’s Honey: The Myth of Sampson, by David Grossman (b. 1954), one of Israel’s most admired contemporary writers. Lion’s Honey is Grossman’s examination and retelling of the Sampson story in Judges 13-16.

The discussion of Lion’s Honey will mark Rabbi Zoberman’s third visit with the Library Book Club. He is a true scholar and an always engaging speaker. Readers interested in Judaism and modern Israel will not want to miss this event. The book is around 100 pages and can be read in one sitting. For a free excerpt, contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

The Lion’s Honey discussion will be at 1:00 p.m. in the Library Conference Room, located in the Library Administration area.

As a complement to the tragic story of Samson, Professor of Cinema Andrew Quicke will introduce and screen a contemporary Israeli comedy. A Matter of Size is a film about a “Sampson” of a different sort—an obese cook who discovers a talent and love for Sumo wrestling. The screening will be on Thursday, April 19th at 6:30 p.m. in Screening Room B (COM 143).

Library Book Club: Revised Fall Schedule

The Diary of a Country Priest (1937), by Georges Bernanos, is a modern Christian classic. The novel takes the form of a fictional journal by a young priest, recently graduated from seminary, in rural France. The story encompasses the spiritual growth of the young pastor struggling to communicate the life in Christ to his frequently uncomprehending parishioners. We will discuss this work on Friday, November 18th at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room. Dr. Peter Fraser, from the Department of English, Language and Literature, will lead our discussion. The Library has several copies of the book available for check-out.

The Diary of a Country Priest was adapted for cinema in 1951 by French director Robert Bresson. The film (Fr. Journal d’un curé de campagne) is recognized as a masterpiece of post-War French cinema. On Thursday, November 17th at 6:30 PM, in Screening Room B (COM 143), Professor of Cinema Andrew Quicke will introduce a screening of this film and lead a discussion with the audience at the end.

There is also a change to the schedule. In December, in place of Tolstoy’s “Where Love is, There God is also,” we will be reading Blood, Bones & Butter, by chef and author Gabrielle Hamilton. This memoir (which Anthony Bourdain has called, “quite simply, the far-and-away best chef or food-genre memoir…ever. EVER”) is about the search for warmth, family, and the role that food and cooking play in memory, making it a particularly apt book for the Christmas season. We will discuss Blood, Bones & Butter on Friday, December 9th at 12:00.

For more information about Book Club events or to receive a free excerpt of The Diary of a Country Priest, contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

Library Book Club Discussion Fall 2011

Event Type Title Date Time Location
Book Discussion Cry, the Beloved Country Thursday, October 13 12:00 Library Conference Room
Film Screening The Diary of a Country Priest Thursday, November 17 6:30 Screening Room B (COM 143)
Book Discussion The Diary of a Country Priest Friday, November 18 12:00 Library Conference Room
Book Discussion Blood, Bones & Butter Friday, December 9 12:00 Library Conference Room

 

 

Screening Room B (COM 143)