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British Literature (sans Shakespeare)


British Literature (sans Shakespeare)

Yes, the sun may no longer set on the great Empire but so many schools still teach their literature.

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Comment by Ryan Goble on August 20, 2009 at 7:42am
If you rock Shakespeare - a post went out today in the Shakespeare group that needs your awesome ideas - check out Ideas on making "Julius Caesar" POP?
Comment by Ryan Goble on August 18, 2009 at 2:46pm
If you're not in the poetry people group but teach poetry be sure to join and check out Patsy Smith's Ninja poetry video post.
Comment by Ryan Goble on July 29, 2009 at 1:55pm
If you're also into poetry and you're not a member of Poetry People, you should
a. Consider joining the poetry group and
b. Check out this post: VIDEO: Sarah Palin, William Shatner, Conan & Poetry?


Comment by Ryan Goble on April 21, 2009 at 4:44am
No prob Denee - just try to plop the right ones in the right places, eh?
John & Sean - I enjoied reading your thoughts and ideas!

Comment by Denee Tyler on April 21, 2009 at 12:18am
Ryan, thanks so much for posting that lesson. I get the NYT lessons in my inbox, but I'm often to busy to ever open them up and sort through them for ones I could use. That particular one looks pretty good!
Comment by John C. Weaver on April 20, 2009 at 5:00pm
jmho: Just my humble opinion. Usually used when one's opinion is not humble at all.

I'll have to check out jPod. Sounds cool. And as far as tech savvy goes, although my older brother and sister are obsessive texters, my wife and I are proud to have only a track phone. ;-) Glad to see there are other Luddites out there.

Comment by Sean on April 20, 2009 at 3:46pm
I agree, John. Well put. But what is jmho? I'm 22 and barely have tech literacy! Scary, huh? I didn't have a cell phone until 2 years ago! Take that Technology Age!

I love in that article's ability to shed light on how much we rely on modern technology to solve all of life's problems and using examples, like Sarah Connor Chronicles, to showcase what life is like without our fancy technology. Of course, for the Connors it's life or death situations, but the message comes across.

Anyone ever read (or seen) jPod? Douglas Coupland, author of the well-known book Generation X, wrote the novel and co-penned some episodes. He's very interested in the technology age and its effects on the new generations and incorporates it into his writing. A computer that acts human, is sentient, and knows all? Yup. jPod. Lots of miscommunications in that too because of technology.
Comment by John C. Weaver on April 20, 2009 at 12:34pm
A cool question, Ryan. There are at least a couple ways to look at it from my point of view. As far as literature written before texting, not much will change. We'll just have to teach the young'ns that most of human history existed without cell phones. It would be a salutary thing to force them out of their solipsistic electronic worlds every so often.

In terms of its effect on future novels, on the other hand, my feeling is that the more things change, the more they stay the same. For example, in plays by both Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe (no titles come to mind at present), the plot turns on letters that are mispunctuated. The mispunctuation reverses the original intent of the letters. The same thing goes with cell phones. We have to distinguish between connectedness and communication. Being as obsessively connected as our world is only increases the chances of miscommunication. And it is miscommunication that is often at the heart of literary conflict. I mean, think about it: how often has our attempt at humor on boards like this or in email or text messages get interpreted as snotty or snide comments. Anyhow, the technology changes, but the song remains the same. jmho. roflmao, lol


Comment by Ryan Goble on April 20, 2009 at 9:52am
Interesting lesson plan from the New York Times Learning Network:
If Only Literature Could Be a Cellphone-Free Zone
THE PLOT THICKENS?: Evaluating What is Gained - and Lost –in Literature with the Advent of Technology

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