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Using The Shining In Spring 2014 Class

Discussion in 'The Shining' started by Cybird9, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. Cybird9

    Cybird9 Member

    Walter, I think I inadvertently ignored your question about Paradise Lost. Certainly it contains elements of horror--Mary Shelley's creature in Frankenstein uses Satan as a comparable pathetic creature, but then, Satan is both antagonist and hero--an anti-hero--and created what we refer to as the Byronic anti-hero, the brooding, conflicted villain/main character who ethically we must oppose, even if we can have sympathy for the devil. We understand his motivation for opposing God, but that doesn't make it right or good, just as Shelley's creature must die. They are Uncanny, but also Abject, rejected in human and spiritual society. You could take a Darwinian stance that this is part of herd mentality, the survival of the fittest, in singling out certain unfit candidates for ostracization. In novels like Heart of Darkness, the horror comes from the European heart which has imperially imposed a system that natives must reject, because it is tyrannical, but which individual members of its society discover, in dramatically ironic fashion, that they are the sources of the horror they fear. So, yes, I suppose you could argue that the son of perdition is the chief character in a work of horror, certainly on an epic scale.
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  2. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Absolutely. My husband went to a high school with $ to burn (lol) that offered an English class specifically on Fantasy & Sci-Fi, & that's the class he still remembers many years later :) You have to reach people where they are--if it takes horror to get them into classic lit, it's as good a place to start as any :)
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  3. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Your "IT" Department?


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  4. Cybird9

    Cybird9 Member

    lmao, I sure think of them of "its"...Cousin It! lol Going well, just got done with the Poes, now on to Dracula!
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  5. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    Shine on!
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  6. Cybird9

    Cybird9 Member

    We are half way through The Shining now. They are already on board with King vs. Kubrick. I got some interesting reactions to The Exorcist, lol;
    the masturbation with the crucifix scene
    disturbed a few, but they were warned via disclaimer on the syllabus and before I showed it.
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  7. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member

    This class sounds like it beats the snot out of my Research Methods class.
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  8. taylor29

    taylor29 Well-Known Member

    I am working on a writing degree and I love the horror lit class idea. I was just thinking about how this forum is a great example of literary critique in real life...made willingly by folks who genuinely love the books. That rarely happens in a class environment unless you make it interesting enough to draw students in...Horror lit...Just a spectacular idea. I've taught English Skills classes at a two-year college but once I get this degree, I will work with Comp I and II students...I might have to hit you up for some ideas, Cybrid9.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2014
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  9. Cybird9

    Cybird9 Member

    No problem, Taylor. We just wrapped up the class on Monday, and I got three papers on The Shining, one comparing the novel to movie. The student in question was particularly critical of Wendy's character, so I was very gratified by their responses this time around. Quite a lot of students compared The Exorcist and Beloved, as well, and I even got some responses on Candyman. Overall, it was a good class and a good time had by all!:)

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