I don't have any particular reason for limiting the class so. I did think that if it worked out, I could do a second class on American novels. One reason, I suppose, for limiting the class now is that more of the British novels are available for free on kindle. A class on American novels would be heavier on the 20th century.
Probably the main thing that made me return to this idea was that one night at one of the institutes where I teach, with an advanced class, I used an excerpt from Lord of the Flies that was in a book we have there. I wondered why in the world the editors had chosen that particular excerpt, which seemed dull as hell to me. I thought that if students could read more entertaining, more interesting excerpts, one or two might actually feel interested in reading the books, whether in English or Spanish.
I have been thinking lately that I would like to make somebody read something. I used this video:
which was a bit difficult even for advanced students, as a listening exercise. Parts of this guy's videos are silly, but on the whole, I admire what he's doing. I think he has a better chance of making somebody read something than the high school teachers I had. I sometimes wonder if the future of education isn't guys like this on video with controllers, for lack of a better word, in the classroom.
The only Defoe I've read is Roxana. Had to read it in grad school. Didn't like it at all.
Of the Forster I've read, I liked Howard's End the best.
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