Fictional Classrooms: Talking About Teaching Through Narrative (September 21, 2023-April 18, 2024)
What can we learn about our own teaching practices and identities from fictional depictions of higher education? Join us in “Fictional Classrooms” as we explore and reflect on narratives of education in films, television, short stories, and novels, whether they speak to us as learners, educators, researchers, artists, or simply as humans. Monthly meetings will alternate between text and screen, and opportunities for both and asynchronous online engagement will be provided. All our materials will be available through York University Library, Toronto Public Library, and/or other sources.
This year, we will read one longer novel alongside other shorter works/films/television. Registrants are invited to choose between Donna Tartt’s The Secret History (1992), R.F. Kuang’s Babel (2022), and Mona Awad’s All’s Well (2021) to determine which novel we will collectively read.