Conrad’s famous novella is based on a real journey the author took up the Congo in 1890, during King Leopold II of Belgium’s horrific rule. It is a fantastic, imaginative journey to find a man named Kurtz who has lost his mind in the African jungle. It is a journey into inner space; a metaphorical investigation into the turbid waters of the human soul. It is a political journey into the dark heart of European colonialism. It is a nightmare journey, into horror. It is a journey to nowhere, set on a boat lying motionless and at anchor on the river Thames, which also “has been one of the dark places on the earth”.
A humbling reminder that self-righteousness is the greatest enemy of compassion and judging another human being's private struggle is a disgrace to our own.
For all avid readers who have been self-medicating with great books their entire lives, it comes as no surprise that reading books can be good for your mental health and your relationships with others, but exactly why and how is now becoming clearer, thanks to new research on reading’s effects on the brain.
Poetry read by actors, including Jake Gyllenhaal, Emma Thompson, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Chicago Shakespeare Theater has printable handbooks for many of Shakespeare's plays. "Each of our entirely original teacher handbooks includes active, engaging teaching activities, 400 years of critical thinking, synopses, and much more. Teaching activities—all aligned with the Common Core State Standards—are designed to draw upon some of the same practices and techniques that actors use in the rehearsal process to break open Shakespeare's challenging language."
A good visual guide to YA novels with LGBTQ characters and themes.
Thomas C. Foster mentions this essay in the preface to How to Read Novels Like a Professor. It might be interesting to have students read it and respond to it.
What did Shakespeare get right about history? What did he get wrong?
TES's resources for teaching The Great Gatsby.
Professor Robin Bates shares insights about literature—how it connects to our lives today, and how it is relevant for understanding ourselves.
Pat Conroy responds to a censorship attempt in Charleston, WV.
TED-Ed lesson the power of fiction.
"1524 N. Campbell." This house is the inspiration for 4006 Mango Street, where Esperanza lives in The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.
Flavorwire's list of writers whose work was more obscure and less appreciated in the nineteenth century, when they lived, than at present.
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