This was one of the last classes of the semester, and I gave my students a class-long revision exercise (to be performed individually and in groups), which they took to rather well.
While I was listening to the hum of their suggestions to one another – they appear to have learned something this semester, which is gratifying to me! – I jotted down a list in my notebook titled “Classes I Hope To Teach Some Day.”
– Postmodern fiction
– The essay
– Writing culture/arts criticism
– Film history/theory
– How to read a book
– How to watch a film
– From fiction to film (i.e., adaptation)
– World cinema
– Theology of aesthetics (or, alternately, theology of storytelling, or perhaps theology of the everyday – fashion, food, design)
– Basic web development and design
I can’t decide whether I need to specialize, because it’s academia, or generalize, because I am resolutely against the decline of the polymath. Also, I can’t decide if I’ve got ADD or am just voraciously, omnivorously interested in everything. Obviously, I’ve got problems.