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Week One is in the books

I think this is going to be a good semester.

My Seminar in Drama class is going to focus on the themes of desire and jealousy as we examine the 14 plays we're going to be reading this semester. Right now, I'm up to my elbows in Othello, which somehow seems entirely too appropriate. (Course, I have to admit, I'm hearing Captain Sisko when I read this for some reason. *grin*)

The Literary Criticism/Theory class may not be as bad as I was afraid it might be. Sure, we're still going to get into a LOT of theory and schools of critique and stuff I find separates those of us who enjoy literature for literature's sake and those who "enjoy finding the deepest meaning in a piece of literature". Me, if I'm entertained, then I like the book. If it bores me to tears, I don't care what hidden depths it is plumbing, I'm probably never going to read it again.

If this makes me an uncultured philistine, then I wear that crown with pride.

However, talking to the professor a few minutes after class allayed a few of my fears. Unlike many of the English professors I've run into over the years, he is a big fan of fantasy and science fiction. In fact, he said if I want to do my final paper by doing a scholarly critique of a SF/F book, he's cool with that.

It took a few minutes to pick my teeth up off the floor after that comment. Given that kind of challenge, I may just take him up on that. I think I'll avoid LotR (been done to death by people a lot smarter than me), but there are some very good and insightful SF/F books out there that I suspect I could sink my teeth into.

Luckily, I don't have to decided on a topic or book for another four weeks, but now's the time to think about it.

However, just glancing through the syllabi, I'm going to be up to my eyeballs in reading this weekend.

(My conscience - "You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Rich.")

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