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Why Jane?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is the English most beloved writer. I admit that I have lost count of how many times I have read Pride & Prejudice and of how many film  adaptations I have seen. I am simply addicted to it. I have also read Emma and Sense and Sensibility a number of times and I never get tired of them. On the contrary, every time I meet her characters my love and hate for them grows exponentially.

Shakespeare is by all means our most revered  writer, the most talked about and the greatest of them all. Undisputable. The Lord of the Rings is the nation’s favourite book, according to a BBC survey. Totally agree! But Austen is our dearest one. Why is it so? Why do we love Liz Bennett and Mr Darcy so much? Why does Emma infuriates and enchants us?

To try to explore some of the possible answers for these questions, this week we are having a discussion on Jane Austen at the IATEFL LMCS SIG Yahoo  Group fielded by Laurence Raw. As he puts it,

From the first publication of Pride and Prejudice to recent film versions of her life and work, Jane Austen continues to provoke controversy and inspire fantasies of peculiar intimacy. Whether celebrated for her realism, feminism, characterisation, imagined as a conservative or someone challenging the existing relationships between the sexes, Austen generates passions from readers all over the world – passions not only shaped by her readers’ trends and beliefs, but by her memorable stories, characters, and narrative techniques. This week’s fielded discussion will look at why she continues to be so popular, both as a subject for reading, as well as in the cinema, on television, and in the classroom.

To join the Group and the discussion, please go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LMCSSig/

Shakespeare on the LMCS toast

Tomorrow it is Shakespeare’s birthday and today we started a new fielded discussion on the LMCS SIG discussion list. Ben Crystal, the author of Shakespeare on Toast, will be discussing Shakespeare with us during the whole week and I am really excited about it.

The first time I read an unabridegd play I was 12 and it was Macbeth. Not the most gentle of Shakespeare’s plays, especially for a young girl, and I was haunted by Lady Macbeth for years. I still remember the cover of the book. In terms of film, I don’t think any performance can beat Trevor Nunn’s version with Judy Dench and Sir Ian McKellen.

Week’s programme below:

  • Sunday: A celebration. What is it about Shakespeare that we like? And dislike. Why are we talking about Shakespeare and not one of his contemporaries?
  • Monday: What can we learn about how to break open his plays, from the plays themselves?
  • Tuesday: What are the struggles teachers based in the UK face when teaching Shakespeare?
  • Wednesday: What are the struggles teachers not based in the UK face when teaching Shakespeare?
  • Thursday: Shakespeare’s universality: do his works need translating into modern English?
  • Friday: What are the challenges facing a translator of Shakespeare into a language other than English?
  • Saturday: Shakespeare in the 21st century. How can we stop losing his works to modern ideologies?
  • Sunday: The week in review.

Fasten your seatbelts

We are starting today a new discussion at the Literature Media and Cultural Studies discussion group. From today till next Sunday we will be talking about travel literature and travel in literature. I think this is a fascinating topic because, unfortunately, very few of us can afford to travel around the world and opening a book is the cheapest and safest way of making up for our low travel mileage.

Brighton Online is now live!

Here we go again! I’m really glad I’ll be moderating the Literature, Media and Cultural Studies SIG forum for the 5th year in a row. Looking forward to some enriching and exciting exchange of ideas there.  Please,  see the Brighton Team’s message below.


Online conference coverage of the 45th IATEFL Conference. The Brighton Online website is now live at:

The British Council and IATEFL have launched the Brighton Online website which offers live web coverage of this year’s IATEFL Conference in Brighton.

The Brighton Online website allows gives you an opportunity to follow one of the world’s biggest ELT conferences free online.

Brighton Online offers:
– video recordings of selected sessions
– live interviews and streamed plenaries
– moderated special interest discussion forums
– text reports and photo albums

To visit the Brighton Online website, go to http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2011

This initiative builds on earlier collaboration between the British Council and IATEFL Last year over 50,000 teachers and trainers participated in Harrogate Online. This year we expect a much larger audience, and this is a real opportunity to take part in the biggest online ELT training community.

The Brighton Online website gives you an opportunity to share ideas with teachers all around the world. There will be interactive live coverage with video presentations, reports and interviews from Harrogate.

We look forward to meeting you online, and hope that you will share this information with your colleagues worldwide.

Gavin Dudeney – Honorary Secretary, IATEFL
Julian Wing – British Council Brighton Online Project Manager
Nik Peachey – IATEFL Online Editor