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‘World Literature”

Though I’m not sure how much “world” it is. Here’s my list for this summer: Jane Austen Persuasion Mark Twain Huckleberry Finn Alexander Solzhenitsyn One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Margaret Atwood The Handmaid�s Tale Isabelle Allende The House of the Spirits Toni Morrison Beloved

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Persuasion

The novel by Jane Austen. Will be the first that I teach in my summer class. here I will start a collection of links and ideas to help prepare for teaching the book. List of occurrences of the word �persuasion�: http://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/persuasn.html it would be good to tell the students to underline each occurence as they […]

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quotes

“Do not accept anything as the truth if it lacks love. And do not accept anything as love which lacks truth!” �Whoever seeks the truth is seeking God, whether consciously or unconsciously�. —Edith Stein  

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On testing and education

http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2005/03/09/for_sat_takers_a_new_test/ one the one hand I am glad more emphasis is being put on writing and if this gets more teachers to take writing seriously that would be a good thing. However, the article itself points out many of my reservations: many teachers will be tempted to gear all their teaching toward the test and […]

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“…people do not learn from experience; they learn from reflection and interpretation.”—Louise Cowan “The Odyssey and the Efficacy of the Imagination”

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two interesting articles

The Political Problem of Islam the title speaks for itself. good summary of history of Islamic political thought. Jerusalem’s Claim on Us about the paradox of Greek and Hebrew influence in the Western intellectual tradition. You can also hear a version of these ideas delivered in Dr. Cowan’s own distinctive voice in a lecture titled […]

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Reading Lolita in Tehran

I was mildly intrigued by this book, but probably would never have bought it. Then Diane gave it to me for Christmas. I wanted to read it, but maybe because it has been so popular was a little afraid it would be a disappointment. One of those books you read a bit of and never […]

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