I’m creating my first ever syllabus from scratch. Well, not really from scratch. No syllabus is ever truly created from nothing, though every syllabus carries with it the possibility for transcendence. Or at least that’s what professors tell themselves.
I’m finding myself torn between EVERYTHING MUST BE REPRESENTED and “Is the Norton really that awesome? I could do better.” Or something like that.
There are more or less given parameters for what the course should, supposedly, look like. But I believe that you should teach to your strengths and I am not strong in 20th century literature. So, we make do with what we can. Stoppard’s Arcadia made the cut, but Waiting for Godot is so out (it’s about God. I get it. But I can’t teach it for a week). Other possibilities include Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children and Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. But I’m also considering stuff written in the 21st century to round out the second half. Any good (teachable) postmodern books you recommend?