Mythopoeia; or, Ex Nihilo: The Process of documenting Everyday Life for that which is not seen by

“English is so plastic-if you haven’t got a word you need you can make it.“

—Joseph Conrad

Everyday life becomes Mythos in later centuries.

Students are required to appear in Lessons with each work as noted below. The versions chosen have been exhaustively selected for those editions original in their language and publication in an effort for the experience of reading them. By reading them, in first printed states and original language, the authors’s intent of how they wished their works to be read will be realized. Technical manuals will illustrate the proper method for achieving brevity in writing.

It is incumbent on students that they read the works in this reading list as ordered: the authors themselves are of small significance when compared to the works produced for which they cannot be listed in chronological order but by schemes influencing. All works listed herein are of great significance and importance, if one wishes proper composing.

[Note: Philosophiæ Naturalis has been included as necessary reading for this class since first published. It is one of the finest — if not, the finest of — examples of mythos-creation where — after reading — citizens have found solace and comfort in their existence in an imaginary world. Other — Seemingly — incongruous works will be shown to be necessary as course progress progresses.]

This course is open to all who secure written permission from Doctor Mabuse.

  1. François RABELAIS. La vie de Gargantua et de Pantagruel as illustrated by Gustave Doré [Paris: J.Bry Ainé, 1854]
  2. Eric SATIE. Le Piège De Meduse [Paris: Éditions Salabert, 1954].
  3. Charles BAUDELAIRE. Les Fleurs Du Mal [Paris: Poulet-Mallassis et De Broise, 1857]. (Hors Commerce edition)
  4. Hans BELLMER et Paul ÉLUARD. Jeux vagues de la Poupée. Quatorze poèmes de Paul Éluard [Paris: Éditions de la revue Messages, 1939].
  5. Jorge Luis BORGES. Pierre Menard, autor del Quijote [Buenos Aires: Sur, 1939].
  6. Edgar Rice BURROUGHS. A Princess of Mars [Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1917].
  7. William S. BURROUGHS. Health Bulletin: APO-33, a Metabolic Regulator [New York: Fuck You, 1965].
  8. William S. BURROUGHS. Roosevelt After Inauguration [New York: Fuck You, 1964].
  9. Italo CALVINO. Il barone rampante [Turin: Giulio Einaudi Editore, 1957].
  10. Angela CARTER. The Sadeian Woman and the Ideology of Pornography [New York: Pantheon Books, 1978]. (Critical Reading)
  11. Donatien Alphonse François de SADE. Justine ou les Malheurs de la vertu [Paris: Chez les Libraires Associés ( J. V. Girouard), 1791].
  12. Miguel de CERVANTES. Don Quixote as illustrated by Gustave Doré [Paris: Cassell and Co., 1863].
  13. Alejo CARPENTIER. El reino de este mundo [Caracas: Organización Continental de los Festivales del Libro, 1958].
  14. Leonora CARRINGTON. Une chemise de nuit de flanelle [Paris: Librie Les pas perdus, 1951].
  15. Leonora CARRINGTON. Le cornet acoustique [Paris: Flammarion, 1974].
  16. Lewis CARROLL. Logique sans peine as illustrated by Max Ernst [Paris: Éditions Hermann, 1966]. (Critical Reading)
  17. Rikki [DUCORNET]. (when the author was known as Rikki) Weird Sisters [Vancouver: Intermedia Press, 1976].
  18. Angela CARTER. Nights at the Circus [London: Chatto & Windus, 1984].
  19. Anton CHEKHOV. Пари [1889].
  20. G. K. CHESTERTON. The Club of Queer Trades [London: Harper & Brothers, 1905].
  21. Sonja BENSKIN MESHER. .. RANDOM .. [Cardiff: Flying Things Printers, 1963].
  22. Richard BIDDLE. A Ghostly Song [London: John Calder (Publishers), 1956].
  23. Mauricio Montiel FIGUEIRAS. Tweed [Mexico City: DYN, 1942].
  24. Sean FRASER. The Raven’s Trousers [Hamburg: Ténèbraes Verlag, 1952].
  25. W.N. HERBERT. Automonograph [Port Ellen: Slee Corbie (Press), 1967].
  26. Viviana HINOJOSA. La trompeta acústica de la tía Leonora [Paris: Éditions Albert Skira, 1936].
  27. James KNIGHT. From Eden Banished; or, The Harrowing of Wonderland as Told by Alice [Wickenburg: His Ruined Palace, 1969].
  28. Mina POLEN. Fenómeno with illustrations by Remedios Varo [Tepoztlán: Dynaton, 1950].
  29. George SZIRTES. Garbo Laughs [Hermosa Beach: Insomniac, 1947].
  30. Joseph CONRAD. Heart of Darkness [London: Blackwood’s Magazine, 1899].
  31. Robert COOVER. The Public Burning [New York: Bantam Books, 1978].
  32. Julio CORTÁZAR. Rayuela [Buenos Aires: Editorial Sudamericana, 1963].
  33. Francis DELAFIELD. A Hand-Book of Post-Mortem Examinations and of Morbid Anatomy [New York: William Wood & Co., 1872].
  34. Antoine GALLAND, Translator. Les Mille et une nuits, contes arabes traduits en français [Paris: la Veuve Claude Barbin, 1704–1717].
  35. Giovanni BOCCACCIO. Il Decamerone [Florence: i Giunti, 1573].
  36. Geoffrey CHAUCER. The Canterbury Tales [Westminster: William Caxton, 1478].
  37. Isabel ALLENDE. La casa de los espíritusi [Barcelona: Plaza & Janés, S.A., 1982].
  38. Rikki DUCORNET. The Stain [New York: Grove Press, 1984].
  39. Nikolai GOGOL. Шинель [1842].
  40. Edward GOREY. The Vinegar Works: Three Volumes of Moral Instruction [New York: Simon & Schuster, 1963].
    • The Gashlycrumb Tinies
    • The Insect God
    • The West Wing
  41. Joris-Karl HUYSMANS. Là-bas [Paris: Darantière pour Tresse & Stock, 1891].
  42. Alfred JARRY. Ubu Roi ou les Polonais as illustrated by Roberto Matta [Paris: Atelier Dupont-Visat, 1982].
  43. Georges BATAILLE L’Histoire de l’oeil [Paris: Jean-Jacques Pauvert, Paris (1967)].
  44. Franz KAFKA. In der Strafkolonie [Leipzig: Kurt Wolff Verlag, 1919].
  45. Franz KAFKA. Der Prozeß [Berlin: Verlag Die Schmiede, 1925].
  46. Le Comte de LAUTRÉAMONT. Les Chants de Maldoror (Chants I, II, III, IV, V, VI) [Paris: E. Wittmann, En Vente Chez Tous Les Libraires, 1874].
  47. Professor LORENTO. Amateur Amusements [New York: Hurst & Co., 1878]. (Critical Reading)
  48. H. P. LOVECRAFT. The Call of Cthulhu [Chicago: Weird Tales, 1928].
  49. Herman MEVILLE. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale [New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1851].
  50. Isaac NEWTON. Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica [London: The Royal Society, 1686].
  51. Kenneth PATCHEN. The Memoirs of a Shy Pornographer [New York: New Directions, 1945].
  52. Mervyn PEAKE. Titus Groan [London: Eyre & Spotiswoode (Publishers) Ltd, 1946].
  53. Mervyn PEAKE. Gormenghast [London: Eyre & Spotiswoode (Publishers) Ltd, 1950].
  54. Mervyn PEAKE. Titus Alone [London: Eyre & Spotiswoode (Publishers) Ltd, 1959].
  55. John PHIN. The Amateur’s Handbook of Practical Information for the Workshop and the Laboratory
    [New York: The Industrial Publication Co., 1870].

  56. Edgar POE. The Raven as illustrated by Gustave Doré [New York: Harper and Co., 1884].
  57. Michael REYNOLDS. Locomotive Engine Driving, A Practical Manual for Engineers in Charge of Locomotive Engines [Ludgate Hill: Crosby Lockwood and Son, 1888].
  58. Guillaume APOLLINAIRE. Les Onze Mille Verges ou les amours d’un hospodar [Paris: de Gaucher, 1907].
  59. A. N. ROQUELAURE. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty New York City: E. P. Dutton, 1983.
  60. Pauline RÉAGE. Histoire d’O [Sceaux: A. Beurq pour Jean-Jacques Pauvert, 1954]. (Un des 20 exemplaires de tête sur Arches avec la vignette gravée de Hans Bellmer sur le Titre)
  61. Whitley STRIEBER. The Hunger [New York: William Morrow, 1981].
  62. Dorothea TANNING. Demain [Paris: Éditions Georges Visat et Cie., 1964].
  63. J. R. R. TOLKIEN. Leaf by Niggle [London: Dublin Review, 1945].
  64. Roland TOPOR. Joko Fete son Anniveraire [Paris: Buchet/Chastel, 1969].
  65. Herman MELVILLE. Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street [New York: Putnam’s Magazine, 1853 (November/ December)].
  66. Nathaneal WEST. Miss Lonelyhearts: A Novel [New York: James Laughlin, 1933].
  67. Kathy ACKER. The Childlike Life of the Black Tarantula, No.s 1-6 [San Diego: Community Congress Press, 1973].
  68. G. K. CHESTERTON. The Poet and the Lunatics: Episodes in the Life of Gabriel Gale [London: Cassell, 1929].
  69. Lord DUNSANY. The Charwoman’s Shadow [New York and London: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1926].
  70. VOLTAIRE. Candide, ou l’Optimisme [Paris: Sirène, 1759].
  71. Jonathan SWIFT. Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World [London: Benjamin Motte, 1726].
  72. Laurence STERNES. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman in 9 volumes. [1759-1767].
  73. René CREVEL. Mr. Knife, Miss Fork (translated by Kay BOYLE as illustrated by Max ERNST) [Paris: Black Sun Press, 1931].
  74. Edward GOREY. The Black Doll: A Silent Screenplay [New York: Gotham Book Mart, 1973].
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