As I answered questions, I saw titles I unfortunately was not exposed to previously. Yet, I would download them on Kindle or Audible and read or listened to them on my way to work in the mornings. Some of them were: Porphyria's Lover, The Edible Woman, Tom Jones the Foundling, and Ethan Frome.
Have you also discovered a great reading through Enotes? How was your experience? Did it change your reading preferences?
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I saw postings on the teenage novels, Speak and The Shakespeare Stealer. I enjoyed both and am looking forward to teaching them. I have also rekindled my love of a couple of texts - particularly some of the Shakespeare plays I haven't dusted off for a while - prompted by thoughtful questions and engaging responses from fellow editors.
Two short stories that I gained through enotes which have really changed how I teach particular units and concepts. Nadine Gordimer's "Once Upon a Time" and LeGuin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from the Omelas" are two works that I gained through enotes and have, like number 10, rediscovered as part of a great teaching idea. Le Guin's work is a wonderful way to close a unit on industrialization in America in terms of assessing the gap between rich and poor and to begin the discussion of whether or not the acquisition of wealth carries moral or philosophical questions with it. Gordimer's work is wonderful in teaching the idea of the dangers in perfection and in highlighting the modern definition of tragedy in those who seek to appropriate the world in accordance to their subjectivity. While this theme is present in Goethe, Flaubert, and Shelley, teaching those works is something I cannot do because of time constraints (I wish I could.) Gordimer's short story gets the same point, but in a short story form.
I haven't been directly introduced to new texts through Enotes, although my interest in several has been renewed. Also, the sources available have influenced my own curriculum, such as adding Things Fall Apart back to my sophomore list, and including Cormac McCarthy in my AP Literature class (and since passages from his novels often appear on the test, it was a welcome addition).
I read The Road by Cormac McCarthy after seeing questions on it on enotes since The Crossing was well-written and interesting. But, I was disappointed. Renewing my acquaintance with some of the Shakespearean works read long ago has been most rewarding, however. And, I have delighted in some of the short stories discussed on enotes.
I noticed that a number of people were posting questions over the novel The Lovely Bones. The book was a wonderful book, and it was written from a really interesting perspective. I enjoyed the book. Unfortunately not too long after that the movie came out, and I've seen very few questions over The Lovely Bones since then.
I would be definitely interested in reading To Kill A Mockingbird! I saw the movie years ago and have always wanted to read it, but have just never taken the time. I've recently gotten an interest in reading some of Jane Austen's books, too. I've seen several of her books that have been made into movies and it's sparked a greater interest in the books themselves. Also, has anyone actually read Dante's Inferno? What's it like?
I have been an editor for a short time. In the time I have been an editor I have seen several posts concerning books I have not read, but after seeing the posts I have added them to my "to read" list. As mentioned before, The Giver is one of those books. I also have added books I have read, but not in a very long time, and would like to read again after seeing some posts. To Kill a Mockingbird is on that list.
I have to agree with the previous post by Pohnpei. The Giver is certainly one of the better teen novels I have read in the past few years, and I only decided to read it after all of the questions asked on eNotes. Editing for eNotes has also provided me with the desire to reread many old classics, rediscovering their greatness and gaining a better understanding of them in the process.
For me, the most interesting thing I've read because of eNotes is The Giver. It led me to read the rest of Lowry's books, though I have found that I do not like any of the rest of them nearly as much as The Giver. My exposure to that book has also affected my family since my wife and my older daughter have both read the book now because of my having talked about it.
I haven't discovered new books, but I have definitely found new pieces of criticism/authors of academic articles. The new pieces and the names of authors I'd not heard of are helpful; I'm able to take the information, incorporate it into my lesson, and use the footnotes to help with my JSTOR research.
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