Learning to read: From Spiderman to Shakespeare

What will I Learn?

Every Friday, Saturday between Dec 18 to Jan 3
06:00 pm to 07:00 pm IST

The students will be given a short reading before each class. The readings will range from fairy tales to comics to finally, Shakespeare. We will then have an open, student-led discussion on the reading. The discussions will be mainly led completely by the students, really focusing on the fact that all of their thoughts on the text are valid and there is no right answer when it comes to literature.

By the end of the course, you will
  • Learn how to close read and think about a text, going beyond just reading into the realm of understanding. The focus of close reading in this course will be more on the moral and life questions the texts offer us. For example, what does reading Spiderman tell you about life?

  • Learn to analyse a text within the form of literature it belongs to. For example, what does reading Spiderman tell you about the form of comic books?

  • Gain a broader understanding of what counts as literature, and be able to enjoy engaging with it by connecting it with their personal experiences.

Who is Teaching This Course

Abhyuday Sen

English, Ashoka University

Hey, my name is Abhyuday. I'm an English and Political science double major. I think English is taught very unfairly in schools in India. English, and all other literature, is best learnt through relating to it. That's how I hope to teach you all English.
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