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Category: Multiculturalism

America is a nation of many races, genders, creeds, and lifestyles. Why don’t we act like it?

Reading: “Grendel” by John Gardner

 I just finished reading the novel Grendel by John Gardner. Now that I am teaching 12th grade English in addition to creative writing, I am trying to build a viable syllabus and am now tweaking this year’s for next year. The previous teacher had suggested that, like her, I teach the novel Grendel alongside “Beowulf” but I declined since I wanted their conceptions of the Old English poem to come from the actual poem, not from 1971 American novel that provides a twist on the original poem’s antagonist. “Beowulf” is thought to… Read more Reading: “Grendel” by John Gardner