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 material...credit 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 audience....you should listen to this though, and maybe this too..it 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 words....love 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?