Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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Wuthering Heights in the AP Classroom I'm an AP Teacher and I'm looking to replace a few books that I've been teaching since I took over the class 5 years ago. I inherited the books that I currently...

Wuthering Heights in the AP Classroom

I'm an AP Teacher and I'm looking to replace a few books that I've been teaching since I took over the class 5 years ago. I inherited the books that I currently teach, but am looking to replace two of them. I have been doing a Canon Project in which the kids pair up and read a classic and I'm hoping to use a couple of those books. I'd like to replace two dead white guy authors with two female authors or one male and one female author. One of the books that the kids have read is Wuthering Heights. I like it and the kids seem to like it, but I was wondering what people thought about that book and teaching it in the AP classroom. The other book that I have had them read is The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton, but I don't know if there's enough to analyze in that one. What do you think?

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I teach Wuthering Heights in my AP Lit classroom.  It is great to teach the parallel settings and the idea of the gothic here.  I also do a duality project with it.  There are so many pairs in the book - the two houses, the two narrators, the two Cathys, the two lover of Catherine, the two generations, the two maids, etc. These provide for great discussions and writing material.  

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Why don't you have them read Wuthering Heights and look for a modern book of literary merit to compare it to?  I am thinking maybe something with similarthemes.  There are a lot of modern gothic love stories.  I am thinking The Thirteenth Tale might be interesting to pair it with.  The second book would not necessarily have to be AP-worthy, and it might be useful if it wasn't because then kids can see the difference between literary merit and popular literature.

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I will throw my unconditional support for all of the novels suggested in the above posts.  They are all rich in literary devices worthy of analysis, and yet are very assessible in an AP Literature class.  I like teaching the shorter novels because there is so much good literature of all genres to cover, and I hate to get bogged down in long works. If you are trying to consider novels from "the canon" then I think you should also consider something by Jane Austen.  Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility are fun reads, and even the boys don't groan too much, as long you keep a fast pace.

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Great classics such as Wuthering Heights should never be ignored, and Kate Chopin's is well-liked by students from the South, especially.  It is also good for students to be exposed to any of the worthy contemporary writers, as well. One that has written a most unorthodox, but worthy novel is Anne Proulx. The Shipping News is a black comedy of Quoyle, a"large lump of a man" who has an emotionally traumatic life.  After his cruel, cheating wife dies, Quoyle and his children and old aunt move to Newfoundland, and inhabit the ancestral home.  Quoyle is given a job at the local newspaper, The Shipping News.  Afraid of water himself, the anti-hero Quoyle must overcome many of his own demons--darkly humorous at times--and become his own person.  An unusual tale with instructions at the beginning of each chapter on nautical knots, Proulx's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel discusses many of the dilemmas of modern man. There is also something of the wild environment of Newfoundland that parallels that of Wuthering...

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