Thursday, November 26, 2009

If you want to get involved...

I am going to be teaching a course, not on English Literature, but for non-native English speakers who want to maintain their (high) level.  We will be reading two novels, neither of which I have yet read either...The Bluest Eyes, by Toni Morrison and Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson.

If you would like to read either or both of those books and could then send me a review/article/essay/write up or would like to post on either or both of them, I would love it and if you didn't mind, would use it in the course could be given, or not, as you wish...JG?  CS?  Beth????  Anyone????????



I have also come up with an utterly evil exercise for the students...homolinguistic translation....where they have to take a poem and translate it, English to English, word by word....changing possibly altering the register- formality or tone or should listen to this though, and maybe this is amazing sounding....not useful for English students...wait through the lead in, it's well worth it!  If you want to see the main site where I found this, you could do worse than going here.  This is bpnicol, a Canadian poet really playing with the it!

I've been doing a ton or research for this and can I just say that the internet is an outrageously fantastic and fascinating place.  Honestly, the stuff you can find...nobel lectures, audio readings or poetry....books, reviews, courses on nearly anything...a pretty amazing place.

I do suppose I am preaching to the choir, no?


J.G. said...

This sounds fun! I might be up for it, depending on timing. I've been wanting to read Housekeeping anyway and could use a deadline.

When do you need it by?

Beth said...

Interesting, tempting - I'm going to email you as to further details.

oreneta said...

Timing is wide...and you could use it as a blog post as well....double the bang for the buck. I would be using the review for the Morrison book in mid january-ish...Houskeeping probably around March...what do you think?

Beth, got it, and sent it back.

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

Hmmm, well I read both those books, both a long time ago. The Bluest Eye is very specific genre-wise. I didn't like Housekeeping much. It came really highly recommended but I found it dry and a bit of a pain to plod through. Just my humble opinion, of course.

oreneta said...

OOhh, now I am all worried about Housekeeping, maybe I should try something else.....hmmmm.