I had a World Lit class in high school with a great teacher. We read Things Fall Apart, Sidhartha (sp?) and a handful of others… He also showed the class the movie of “A Clockwork Orange” in its entirety (it was a senior class, all over 17yrs of age).
On the other hand, I took a horrid class in college… it was a WRITING class and they had us read various short stories then write papers about them. The teacher was horrible. He told us that irony and humor were synonyms. He actually marked me down on a paper once because HE was wrong about who the main character was in one of the stories we read… and something that still pisses me off:
We read some Faulkner (I think) story which was full of really really bad writing. Things that the editor should have found and corrected. I’m not talking about poetic license or relaxed writing, I’m talking about BAD writing. Like writing a long and complex sentence that was a paragraph long and had no verb. Oh, some of the clauses had verbs, but the sentence itself was not a complete sentence. Another one that stands out was that in the same sentence he switched perspectives. Like “he walked to the store, then he stood still” where “he” was two different people.
Anyway, I pointed this out to the teacher, who said that it was ok. I said that if we turned in a paper written like that he’d mark it up and give it a D at best. His response was that since the guy made money writing, we couldn’t criticize it. I said malarky, if this was a class about writing properly, we should at least be able to discuss when something isn’t written properly… I actually photocopied the story and “graded” it in red pen and handed it in. He wasn’t amused.
He also marked my final paper a “B” claiming that it wasn’t long enough, when it was over the word count he’d specified by over 200 words. He didn’t change the grade til I had the department head look into it.
My my but I’ve drifted off the topic…
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