|4 of 8: Is that good or bad?|
Miss M is taking two lit classes in the Fall. She shared the reading lists with me. Not counting a couple of style manuals– I note that Strunk & White is not among them– there are eight books. We have four of eight.
EN2243 Required Reading:
✔ The Scarlet Letter
✔ Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
✔ Walden, Civil Disobedience and other Writing
My Bondage and My Freedom
✔ Of Plymouth Plantation
EN3414 Required Reading:
✔ The Scarlet Letter
A Lesson Before Dying
I’ve never heard of Charlotte Temple. I can’t believe I don’t have Franklin’s autobiography, or anything by Fredrick Douglas, and it took three correction iterations– it’s not As I Lay Dying (which I have)– to get the Dying book right.
So what to make of this? Why are English majors/minors reading The Scarlet Letter in both a know-it-all class and an upper division class? Why aren’t there more readings in the upper division class?
I’m sure all will be revealed next fall.
Meanwhile– I’ve managed to coast through Miss M’s three week Algebra class without having to remember too much algebra (although talking about logarithms was fun) and I’m looking forward to picking up some Español over the course of the next four semesters.
I was in favor of her taking Latin or Greek. But as it turns out, neither Latin nor Greek are considered “foreign languages” because… I guess because people like Hawthorne, Stowe, Franklin, Thoreau, Douglas, and Bradford didn’t bother with Latin or Greek and instead spoke Spanish.
Miss M thinks she’s going to be more “marketable” if she can habla espanol. I think she’d be more marketable if she learned the vocabulary underlying the Romance Languages. If she learned how that vocabulary was insinuated into English when the Romans invaded the British Isles. If she learned how Latin sentence structure informed the translation of the Bible into English, and the wording of our Constitution.
|The Latin Club, ca. 1976.|
But you know, Miss M is free to waste her time learning a derivative language.