Monthly Archives: September 2012

World Literature, Week 4

This week we’ll be discussing Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden. In addition to reading the text, you can rent the 1994 film online (directed by Roman Polanski). 1) I usually have students, in groups, research the following topics to … Continue reading

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World Literature, Week 3

Sorry! Sorry!––I did not forget about you. This last week of September has ended more with a bang than a whimper. Anyway, here are some resources we use for discussion of Things Fall Apart. 1) Postcolonial Criticism. As we explore … Continue reading

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Creative Writing, Week 3

1. READ THIS >> “Trading Stories: Notes From an Apprenticeship” (Jhumpa Lahiri; The New Yorker, 13 June 2011). 1a. While you’re at The New Yorker site, let’s all READ THIS, TOO >> “Creative Writing” by Etgar Keret (The New Yorker, … Continue reading

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A Return to Sympathy in the 19th Century.

I’ve taken over 19th Century American Literature this semester for a colleague (Effie), who usually teaches the course. Week 1 was just a general discussion about the time period; students were asked to respond to the prompt, “What do you … Continue reading

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World Literature, Week 2

In World Literature this week we’re starting Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe), which I always think students will have already read but am always surprised, still, how many have not anymore. We always start, of course, with Yeats. I remember … Continue reading

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Creative Writing, Week 2

Sorry! Sorry! This first week of classes has rather gotten away from me that I neglected to post up some resources for “Creative Writing, Week 2.” Two days late & a few bits short, here it be. (Though some of … Continue reading

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World Literature, Week 1

I’m teaching World Lit this semester both online and in person. We’ve switched to Blackboard 9 at school; Blackboard 9, how I loathe you. In addition to reviewing the syllabus and expectations for the course, the first week we look … Continue reading

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