In Brief: Archetypes, Not Dirty-Mindedness

When discussing archetypes, it's really easy to accuse the literary scholar of being dirty-minded, for it seems that everything tends to lead back to sex. Chasms and other cracks are generally synonymous with the female genitalia; obelisks and other pointed edifices, either natural or artificial, are sure-fire signs of steadfast masculinity; caverns are symbolic of the womb; … Continue reading In Brief: Archetypes, Not Dirty-Mindedness

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Book Lists for the 2010-2011 School Year

After some exhausting research and preparation, I finally managed to put together my updated  curricula for English 8 and Latin 7 for the 2010-2011 school-year: >ENGLISH 8 (Summer Readings) *Greek Gods and Heroes, by Robert Graves *Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson (School Year Readings) *The Essential Odyssey, by Homer; trans. Stanley Lombardo *The Burial … Continue reading Book Lists for the 2010-2011 School Year

‘Romeo and Juliet’: Getting Kids Engaged with Shakespeare…Using the Bard’s Dirty Jokes

  Romeo and Juliet has long been deigned the first Shakespearean play that students should experience. Though I often find myself at odds with pedagogical wisdom that ran current a century ago, I cannot but agree wholeheartedly with this sentiment. The play is a sort of encapsulation of Shakespeare's entire body of work, for it … Continue reading ‘Romeo and Juliet’: Getting Kids Engaged with Shakespeare…Using the Bard’s Dirty Jokes