Tuesday, January 27, 2009

little women

is a classic that i'm revisiting for the new Lit paper we are teaching, called Women in Literature. It's a pretty good read and very Dickensian, in some ways. I was so absorbed in trying to finish it that I was caught reading and walking at the same time, making myself a public hazard. I haven't done that in some time so it means Alcott is a pretty compelling writer. :)

Saturday, October 18, 2008

the power of words

Newspaper endorsements of US presidential candidates matter--or don't they?

Running tally of endorsements

Monday, September 8, 2008

Stunning Comparison and Contrast

I was doing some research after being tipped off by Mr Cook and found this great bit of political analysis couched as comedy:

Lit students, you don't have to agree with Jon Stewart's brand of humour but you have to admit his staff's ability to sift out such evidence from the mountain of political material out there is simply first-class.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Monday, July 21, 2008

cartoon for the Introduction to Lawrence's "Odour of Chrysanthemums"

A fairly reductionist cartoon, to be used AFTER eliciting verbal or written responses from the student. There's lots more to be MINED from the Introduction, especially in terms of IMAGERY, FORESHADOWING, CHARACTERISATION AND USE OF SETTING.

These are some of the things we discussed in class today and please make them part of your everyday usage, if possible. That way, you'll improve in your practical criticism skills VERY FAST. :)

Monday, May 12, 2008

Very useful Glossary and Literature website

The beauty of Bob's Byway is that it ILLUSTRATES poetic terms using examples from famous poems. To do so for a print version will make the glossary very daunting. On behalf of all Lit students who have no wish to lug a 10-kg book around, I thank Bob.

I've also put up the link to Bob's Byway on the side. The design of the website is not trendy and avant-garde. But for the student who's savvy, there's lots of gold in the site.