Course Description

The smug adage “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach” fails to acknowledge the profound influence teachers can exert. In this course we will consider how fictional teachers are portrayed and what these depictions say about how society views education and educators. After an overview of types of teachers seen in fiction and film, we will zoom in—pun intended!—on three novels in which teachers play significant roles in and out of the classroom. From the Scottish girls’ school where the formidable Jean Brodie reigns, to the rural African American plantation class taught by a former student, to a Midwestern university English department where two grad students are studying to be professors, we will examine how master writers craft memorable characters who both positively and negatively affect their students and their wider worlds. Each week we also will watch and discuss film clips from plays and movies such as "The History Boys," "Master Class," "Dead Poets Society," and "Whiplash." | Facilitated discussion.
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Section Title
Teachers in Fiction and Film: An Examination
Online - Zoom
11:00AM to 12:15PM
Sep 14, 2021 to Nov 02, 2021
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Section Notes

Please note: Any edition of the required texts, either in print or digital form, is acceptable.

Required reading:

Muriel Spark , The Prime of Miss Jean Brody (9780061711299)

Ernest Gaines , A Lesson Before Dying (9780375702709)

Wallace Stegner , Crossing to Safety (9780375759314)