Youtubing the Literature Classroom

Presenter: Maya Mathur

Time: May 12, 9:00-10:15

Location: B122

In the past two years, I have used short YouTube videos — between 4-6 minutes in length — in order to enhance my teaching. Accordingly, in this presentation, I would like to discuss the various uses of these videos in the literature classroom. In lower-level classes such as “Introduction to Literary Studies,” I have drawn on short interviews with prominent theorists or videos illustrating different critical approaches in order to connect abstract theories such as deconstruction or psychoanalysis with concrete examples of how they might be applied to literary or filmic narratives. In upper-level classes on Shakespeare or Renaissance literature, I have mined YouTube for stage and film adaptations of specific scenes from a play; for parodies of well-known plays, speeches, or dramatic texts; imaginative versions of an author’s life and work; and reflections on his or her influence on contemporary culture. In the classroom, YouTube has served as a rich resource for investigating the wide array of performative contexts that are available for studying a literary or dramatic narrative and, in doing so, has helped enhance my students’ understanding of a literary or theoretical work.

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