Walls of Words

Nicole Lobdell

Nicole Lobdell is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English in 19th-century British literature at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN.



DePauw University, English 151: "Smooth Criminal: Crime, Ambivalence, and Literary Form" (Fall 2016)

This course will be offered in the English Department at DePauw University in the fall semester 2016. Students will read a variety of texts, with emphasis on identifying and understanding the difference between literary genres and forms. The course will have a topic focus on crime, justice, obsession, passion, and ambivalence, and several of our longer works will focus on texts where readers are encouraged to identify with corrupt protagonists, leaving readers with a feeling of ambivalence. Students will read authors including Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Agatha Christie, Edith Wharton, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Robert Browning, John Fowles, Salman Rushdie, and Herman Koch among others.

Course Readings:

The Dinner
By Herman Koch
The White Tiger: A Novel
By Aravind Adiga

Heuristic Shakespeare - The Tempest

An unparalleled iPad app that features Sirs Ian Mckellen and Derek Jacobi (among many others) recorded as they read Shakespeare's The Tempest. The app combines video footage with scrolling text below, allowing a viewer to see both simultaneously. Check out the videos below for a more detailed explanation, preview, and reviews of the app by Helen Mirren and Benedict Cumberbatch. http://www.heuristicmedia.tv/Heuristic-Shakespeare.php

In case Sting singing "Every Breath You Take" wasn't creepy enough, here it is in a minor chord. Adaptation is one aspect of literary interpretation that we'll discuss in the course.