In this class exercise, we start with this quotation from Roger Lundin and Susan Gallagher’s Literature Through the Eyes of Faith.
In place of the long-standing Aristotelian view of metaphor as substitution, as a process in which poetic words ‘stand in’ for literal ones, we could perhaps say that the metaphorical process is one of interaction. When we use a metaphor, we say that one thing is another. We take a word from its conventional context and apply it to a new situation.
Continue reading “Analyzing and Applying Metaphors”
A peer told me his new litmus test for deciding whether or not to pursue a longer work of scholarship: would it be spiritually edifying?
Not simply in content, mind you.
As a process.
Would the process of reading and thinking/writing about his topic be spiritually edifying?
And what should I see tonight in Stephen Greenblatt’s Renaissance Self-Fashioning?
“[I]t is everywhere evident in this book that the questions I ask of my material and indeed the very nature of this material are shaped by the questions I ask of myself.”
Yes, I thought upon reading this, I should practice this, but I should also be teaching it. This Greenblatt quotation will go on my research paper prompts.
I love planning: collecting books from the library for the research project, setting an agenda for a road trip, making a list of what I want to accomplish for the year. The actual execution? Eh, I’m getting there.
Here, in a nutshell, is what I dig about planning as a teacher and what I’m trying to get better at… Continue reading “Planning vs. Execution”
Some new wrinkles to my syllabus this time around: a list of coherent commitments from me and an incorporation of a space for students to write down names of their classmates on Day 1…
You can see the student commitment section after the jump… Continue reading “Commitments and Community”
I’ve had my freshmen and upper-division students come to my office for in-conference grading this week. I’ve asked every student the same four questions, and I’ve a great deal. Here they are…