Wednesday, March 21, 2012

And presto, I'm a generalist?

So, one thing about being an adjunct at a school where most of the adjuncts *do not* have the PhD is that I get scraps. These are courses that someone else couldn't/wouldn't teach or something changed in their schedule and they'll be gone or doing some administrative work or something. This semester, I got two Shakespeare sections, which are a new prep, but going very well, and I'm loving the Bard! For the summer, I landed the Johnson course, which will be great. And today, I just got a call from my dept. chair asking if I'd be interested in teaching a Recent British Fiction course in the fall. Uh, duh??? YES!!

Never mind that I could barely even think of two recent British writers, or that I wasn't quite sure how to define "recent." Ultimately, I get what I get, and I don't throw a fit. This is essentially the attitude all adjunct must have if they want to stay employed, right? So, yes, if I keep up this pace--every semester getting some random literature course--I'll be a viable contender for British generalist positions. Ooooh great, because those are SO much more in demand! {{super snarkiness intended}}

Now, back to figuring out what the hell I want to read in the fall.... Any suggestions? I *do not* like sci-fi, so I will not be including Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and any such stuff. Sorry, it just ain't my bag.


The Lecturer said...

Don't know if it will fit, but it might be fun to watch an episode of Downton Abbey for modern-day takes on early 20th century British class features/functions. Just a thought.

AcadeMama said...

I've heard so much about this show. Is it based on a book series? I'm happy to watch it for "research" purposes :)

linc said...

How recent is recent? And how British is British (Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, Canada included)?

If strictly British, then

Maybe 1984, Lord of the Flies, Brideshead Revisited, Clockwork Orange, Atonement, White Teeth, The Remains of the Day, Moon Tiger.

The problem is that most of these have been made into movies.