Gentle Readers, I’ve a question to pose.
Frumteacher asked me, in a comment she posted today, what I intended to teach in next semester’s literature class. The question brought me up a little short.
To be honest, I’d not really given the content of the class that much thought yet; I’m still neck-deep in this term’s class and am pretty focused there. I know what I’m doing NOW; we’re going to read a few short stories on Tuesday, I’m going to give them the Thanksgiving “weekend” (because it’s really six days – that ain’t no weekend!) off, then we’re coming back to view Gibson’s Hamlet as literature (with some selected readings from the play itself, of course). Once we’ve finished that, I’m going to give them A Christmas Carol (with selected film viewings, namely Patrick Stewart’s version and, of course, the Muppets). That will bring us to the end of the term, at which point I’ll start thinking about the curriculum for the January class.
Here’s my question to you: what would you like to see included if you were going to take a literature class? What works would you be excited to see on a syllabus? What would you dread and consider dropping the course over? My parameters are only that we hit a bunch of different genres (short story, poetry, plays and / or dramatic readings, and at least one full-length novel) and a bunch of different themes (identity, love, loss, hope/despair, that sort of thing). We work out of this textbook, but I don’t mind using other resources, too (I printed Frankenstein off the internet for my students this term – it’s in the public domain and is easily accessible).
So, what do you think?