Reading Bones of the Moon

BonesofmoonWhen I first started drafting this blog, I’d just finished the third of three days teaching Jonathan Carroll’s Bones of the Moon. “Teaching” is perhaps a misleading word after the first day, as for the most part we talk about the book — so my students may as well be teaching me. The first day, though, I need to teach. Carroll’s novels are often complex and somewhat strange psychological explorations, and students need some introduction to Carroll’s language of the psyche. I ask my students to imagine their inner lives as a landscape, like a city or country populated by characters, and then project that land outwards. If they could do that, they’d have a Carrollesque novel. And they’d  have developed a myth.

Published by James Rovira

Dr. James Rovira is higher education professional with twenty years experience in the field in teaching, administration, and advising roles. He is also an interdisciplinary scholar and writer whose works include fiction, poetry, and scholarship exploring the intersections of literature and philosophy, literature and psychology, literary theory, and music and literature.. His books include Women in Rock/Women in Romanticism (in development), David Bowie and Romanticism (forthcoming 2022), Writing for College and Beyond (a first-year composition textbook (Lulu 2019)), Reading as Democracy in Crisis: Interpretation, Theory, History (Lexington Books 2019), Rock and Romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, and Rock from Dylan to U2 (Lexington Books, 2018); Rock and Romanticism: Post-Punk, Goth, and Metal as Dark Romanticisms (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018); and Blake and Kierkegaard: Creation and Anxiety (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2010). See his website at for details.

4 thoughts on “Reading Bones of the Moon

  1. Kudos for your contributions, James. Your writings are enlightening and enjoyable.


    Fadi Abdelhak


  2. Its nice to see that someone is bringing Jonathan Carroll to students. I received my BA in English and had never heard of him until a couple of years ago. Boy was I missing out! I love the way he fully imbeds you in a realistic world then lets the supernatural bleed in throughout the rest of the novel. Great inner landscape stuff. And I love the way he always manages to bring some poetry into the work.


    1. Thanks, Natalie. I’ve been wanting to bring him into the classroom for years now. I think I created a few new fans ;). At least I hope I did. Good point about poetry, too.


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