February 10, 2008KR BlogReading

Literature comes to us in many, many forms.

Expanding upon David Hall’s post about literature and YouTube, I have a few works of literature to share from the senior honors reading list at Kenyon:

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (the convict’s braces are terrifying!)

Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (background music: Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd)

Beloved by Toni Morrison (done with Sims)

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy (done with puppets)

My Antonia by Willa Cather (Antonia looks more like a punk than a pioneer – maybe it’s just the belt, um, and the fangs)

Benito Cereno by Herman Melville (reenacted painstakingly in Legos)

Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare (paper bag puppets galore)

Little Gidding by T.S. Eliot (not exactly verbatim)

Hamlet by William Shakespeare (Cat Head Theatre)

Beowulf PWNAGE

Oroonoko by Aphra Behn and The Country Wife by Wycherley yielded rather inappropriate results. (Oroonoko is also the name of a band; The Country Wife could not possibly be reproduced in any appropriate form.) It must be true after all that great literature is hard to come by.

Thank you, David. Before this our class was limited to listening to readings on the Norton Anthology website. You’ve opened our eyes to the wide world of high school projects on the internet.