February 24, 2005

The guardians and protectors of the mind

Filed under: Literati and Cognoscenti — tomemos @ 12:16 pm

So I mentioned good news, and that news is, I’m going to be teaching an English class next quarter! That’s a real English class, with real literature and real (first-year) English majors. What’s more, within certain guidelines, I get to choose the focus and the syllabus! Here’s where we find out if I know anything about all this book stuff.

The class (I’VE decided) will be on unreliable narrators, and the books (I’VE ordered [with the department’s money, of course]) will be:

Aphra Behn, Oroonoko
Herman Melville, Benito Cereno
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

I’ll spare you (unless you ask me not to) the various “ideas” and “themes” I plan to “explore” with my as-yet-undetermined students. Feel free to follow along next quarter by reading those books, and then calling me up and listening to me drone on about them.

In other news, my ears are clear again! Man, wait a difference a half-dozen squirts of water and hydrogen peroxide makes (don’t try at home). After the treatment, the wax bucket (I don’t know what they call it…wax catcher?) looked like someone had dissolved a crayon in it. If they made crayons in “Dull Orange.” And am I hearing well now–the clicking of the keyboard is sharp and crisp as a rifle firing at 72 shots a minute.



  1. I want to hear your lesson plans! Except that I’ve only read three of those books, and one I don’t remember in the slightest. Details, details.

    Oh, and congrats. =)

    Comment by Fae — February 26, 2005 @ 10:50 am

  2. EVIL!!!! You are pure evil and I shall ask my god to rain his wrath upon you. No one should have to read Joseph Conrad let alone Heart of Darkness! … after further consideration, since it is only 1/5 of your syllabus, you shall only recieve 1/5 of my god’s wrath. and come to think of it he’s a very tiny god. so maybe you’ll stub your toe. Beware!

    Comment by ariela — February 28, 2005 @ 6:18 pm

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