Narratives of a different kind

One of the suggested options in Part 4 is digital texts, something not many have taken up.  I'm providing a link here to 'Tailspin,' a narrative I picked up from a course described on the MLA commons.  I think you might find it interesting and usable for 2 reasons: it deals with some intergenerational issues, particularly empathy, and it raises some very interesting provocations about the nature of narrative technique, particularly the linear versus the broken, and here the combination ...

Jane Austen and… Twitter?!

One of the interesting sessions at the recent MLA conference explored the use of twitter in the study of literature.  The following offers a summary and references that might inspire some effective approaches to the reading of Pride and Prejudice. "Twitter and Teaching Literature" (MLA conference, Vancouver, 2015) In order to examine more closely the role of Twitter in the scholarship and teaching of literary scholars, this panel considered the following questions: -What tools do we (and our students) need to analyze Twitter ...

Pushing the envelope (or not)

My intention was to suggest that people with a little breathing room for the summer might do some exploring (if you haven't already) of some of the options in Part 4, such as digital texts.  I've already suggested to students that they try out writing some fan fiction.  And I think both "Margot's Room" and "Patchwork Girl" are well worth your attention--and might elicit a LOT of attention from your students in the bleaker periods of the academic year. And Mark ...