Jim, I am not an experienced novel teacher, but my students in a
course about the study of langugae" really enjoyed reading "Fugitive
Pieces" by anne Michaels, it is Canadian, very language oriented, poetic
Other Canadian novels students like seem to be "Beloved" ; The Jade
Peony, The English patient" and "Green Grass Running Water",
this is based on courses currently being taught at SFU, and discussions
with other instructors about what is engaging interest.
my sense, is that students now are looking for more local writers
regional writers, they like complexity and social issues, and do not
want to be taught the same old stuff. I like these novels because
they can be read on many levels, and re-engaged at later years, but
they do take up issues of narrative, history, memeory, non- unitary forms
of language, ethics and also challenge the "genres" of auto-biography,
voice and literture, mixing lots of genres.
what do you think?
and talks a lot about la
>For a first-year, writing-about-literature course, what novels would you
>choose--what novels do students "really get into"?
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