Thursday, August 18, 2005
When the Emperor Was Divine
An interesting article in the New York Times about the growing popularity of this novel in schools. We began teaching it last year in American Studies while doing our WWII unit.
I never really thought about the present day parallels: "What has happened with "Emperor" is what no one in publishing or education can predict: the way an accomplished work of art, though set in the past, captures something essential about the present day."
It should be interesting to explore some of these questions as we read this beautifully written little book. I didn't realize any other schools even read this novel. It might make for an interesting collaboration with a school that has a large Muslim population.