Thursday, November 01, 2012

Love Class--a Sudden Thought

A sudden thought this morning:  what about organizing the course, not by secondary source, but by genre?

Teach a class with units on poetry, literary fiction, popular romance, fantasy, SF, and detective fiction?

Or skip the lit fic, and just do popular genres:  romance, fantasy, SF (separate category?), and detective fic.  Maybe chick-lit as something separate from romance; maybe the middle-brow bestseller as its own category, too.


Laura Vivanco said...

Sounds great but ... how well do you know all those other genres? That would affect your ability to discuss their norms and find important/representative primary texts.

E. M. Selinger said...

None as well as I know romance, Laura--but I know a bit about SF and detective fiction, and could learn the others. It would be a useful thought-experiment, sketching such a syllabus, I think, even if I didn't try to teach this next quarter.

Laura Vivanco said...

Now that I come to think of it, you could turn this into a love-orientated, updated version of Cawelti's Adventure, Mystery and Romance. But it does sound like it would take quite a bit of work so you probably couldn't get it done before the start of the quarter.