Re-reading Classroom Classics

This course will read a variety of texts from the NSW Senior English Syllabus (1965). The purpose of this course is threefold. We will re-read texts from the ’65 syllabus beyond the schoolhouse context in order to garner new meaning for the present moment. We will ask questions about literary prescriptions - why are certain texts chosen for the study of English at school? Finally we will learn new approaches to reading these 'classic' texts by applying fresh forms of literary criticism to them.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Online

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Why teach literature? What is the value of English at school? Understanding debates about the role of subject English. How did you ‘learn’ literature at school?
  • Reading Poetry: John Keats. What is the role of Keats at school and how was Keats himself taught in the schoolhouse?
  • Reading Drama: William Shakespeare’s King Lear. Why read Lear at school? Exploring debates about the educational value of Shakespeare.
  • Reading The Novel: Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights. What is the role of novel reading in the school context and why is Wuthering Heights exemplary of the novel’s role for education?
  • Reading Discussion: In 1965, Professor S.L. Goldberg prescribed Richard Hoggart’s The Uses of Literacy for senior English study. Why?
  • What does it mean to 'learn' literature at school? What is the purpose of English? What do we gain from reading certain texts, and how does our impression of the works of literature we learned at school change over time? Reflecting on the past to understand the present.

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Have a complex historical understanding of the role of English in Australia and the teaching of literature.
  2. Uniquely approach debates about the value of literary texts.
  3. Have a nuanced understanding of the thematic content of the texts studied.
  4. Think critically about the way individuals award artistic value and the influence this has on society.
$192 Limited / $173

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