Ryan Asmussen is available to speak to your club, organization, society, library, or school about his novel, The Englishman and the Butterflyas well as a variety of literary topics, both general and specific. Below is a sample of topics. Program duration & fee are both negotiable. Contact: ryan313@comcast.net


“The Art of Close Reading Literary Analysis or The Not-So-New Criticism”

“Introduction to AP English Literature & Composition: What Do We Do?”

“My Library: A Second Home, A University, A Place of Quiet Refuge”

“Self-Publishing: Grabbing the Reins”

“Teaching Shakespeare in the AP English Literature & Composition Classroom”

“The Problem of ‘Meaning’ in Literature” (delivered at the AP Annual Conference)

“Zen Buddhism and the Poetry of Zen”

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Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness

William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying

Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman

William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Henry IV – Part 1, King Lear, Macbeth, and Othello

Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest