Friday, September 16, 2005

Year 11 Lit Texts

I'm teaching year 11 Literature for the first time next year and I get to choose my own text list (how exciting!). This is what I've (semi)settled on at the moment:

Bush Studies, by Barbara Baynton (lots of interesting possibilities)

A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams (the play and the film- I love it and the kids will love it)

The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde (my colleague taught it this year and the students laughed uproariously all the way through- but that could be because she's really great at the accents)

Songs of Innocence and Experience, by William Blake (interesting comparison possibilities)

The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne (love it- rich in symbolism, fascinating context, all that good stuff)

I'm still playing with a few other things, too, like The Crucible, Lambs of God, The Well, Jane Eyre...

I'm a bit worried that I don't seem to have anything really contemporary, though.

Any suggestions/comments?


Scott said...

These are all fairly white anglo - what about some culturally diverse stuff?

What about a graphic novel? Maus? Persepolis?

TIAB said...

Someone's forgotten Wuthering Heights!!

What about a Peter Carey novel...hmmm?

M said...

I did Ethan Frome (Edith Wharton) in Year 11 lit and to this day it is my favourite novel. Beautiful, subtle love story...ahh

msaardvark said...

I taught Streetcar a while ago to year 12 Lit...for what has become 'transformations and adaptations'- can't remember what it was called then. The kids were appalled to think they were going to watch a black and white film- and Marlon Brando...that whale! that dinosaur!! However, when they saw him...there was a collective gasp at his beauty - his heat!

msaardvark said... lyrics? video clips?