(urth) Teaching Wolfe?

Matthew Keeley matthew.keeley.1 at gmail.com
Tue May 8 11:08:39 PDT 2007

As a college student myself, I heartily wish that some of my professors
would teach Wolfe, though I suppose it might be a hard sell for some
students. I'd suggest teaching TWK over Castleview though, as I know that
Castleview is out-of-print at the moment, and I imagine that even the best
of college bookstores would have trouble getting enough copies for an entire
class onto their shelves (Or at least that's my personal experience from
working at a college bookstore). If you ever do teach a class with Wolfe
texts in it, would you mind posting the syllabus to Urth? I'd be really
interested in seeing it.


On 5/8/07, Craig Brewer <cnbrewer at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hello to the list!
> I recently finished teaching a course on
> medieval/Renaissance "fantasy," but I'm revising it
> now to alternate old texts with new. I was considering
> teaching either Castleview or the Wizard Knight. I
> suggested both to a couple of "fanboy/girl" students
> who hadn't read any Wolfe, and they went over quite
> well. We had some great discussions on Castleview
> contra Malory and Able contra just about everything
> during office hours.
> But I was wondering if anyone has ever taught Wolfe
> before. Specifically, I was hoping for any tips on how
> to deal with the all but inevitable confusion that
> people being coerced into reading him might face. I'm
> not sure if it would even work (simply for length with
> TWK, at the very least), but both options just seem to
> me like wonderful modern takes on old romance
> themes/styles (apart from the glee of getting new
> people to read Wolfe).
> I would certainly appreciate any thoughts.
> -Craig
> (I used to contribute a few years ago…I lost the time
> but kept up with the, wonderful-as-always,
> archives…hopefully this summer will offer a chance to
> reread ALL of the Sun books, since it's been too long.)
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