Murakami: reading the texts, playing the game–which sends you back to the texts

There is no question that the stories of Haruki Murakami are provocative. They are also very popular with students who read them as Literature in Translation. It's hard to ignore the student appeal of short stories with titles like 'On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning' or 'The Elephant Vanishes' or 'UFO in Koshiro' or 'Super Frog Saves Tokyo.' In the two collections, After the Quake and The Elephant Vanishes, Murakami offers a wealth of material to feed the imagination, ...

Narrative voice and its attendent problems

There is no question that the identification and naming of particular narrative voices presents ongoing problems.  Even when a small group of classifications are used to help students, there are always voices that appear in a whole variety of works that often stump both teachers and students. I asked a teacher and examiner, Brian Chanen, who both teaches IB students and has done scholarly research in narrative technique, for some advice about how to approach this in a practical way with ...