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Joseph Pearce lectures on Tolkien, Lewis and Myth

Download the mp3s here Surprisingly enough (to me) this was at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Two very good lectures and also a good two-part panel discussion where Pearce’s cockney sounds quite fun next to the other prof’s drawls. Evidently the seminary or a related college has a great books program of sorts and a very […]

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banned books

Here for your enjoyment is the list of the top 110 banned books. Bold the ones you’ve read. Italicize the ones you’ve read part of. Read more. Convince others to read some. [I don’t know if you actually need to read some or convince others as long as you’ve got practically any marked as read […]

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When we read William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize speech in high school English, it really stuck with me. I think it will be agood way to open up a lit class. Asking students why litereature is important, why we read it, what it means. Faulkner has some good answers.

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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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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�: it would be good to tell the students to underline each occurence as they […]

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“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 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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