planning my class for next semester is fun! it’s a great excuse to buy some books that have been on my wish list for a while and, after too long, taking a pencil to the pages of the books i’m reading.
currently, i’m working through a novel by Saikaku Ihara called “The Life of an Amorous Man.” It’s quite delicately written, though i’m reading it in translation. both the content at style feel like a cross between the stories in “The Pearl,” the underground Victorian pornographic magazine, and anais nin… except with way more euphemism.
as it turns out, i have to nearly double the amount of material on my proposed schedule because next semester is a whopping 19 weeks long. so in addition to structuring and framing the material that i know for sure will be on the syllabus, i am also researching additional texts, preferably texts that are not American/European.
any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.