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.

4 Replies to “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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