“The scope of the epic, of the ancient, of the long-lasting, is something that hits students on a deep level … they’re hungry for that. … It’s important, when you teach literature, that there is something of a story from work to work. You look at your syllabus in your twelfth grade English class, and you see a plot somehow working through. … You put things in a narrative of some kind, people remember them better.”
In this lecture from the 2020 National Symposium for Classical Education, Dr. Mark Bauerlein explores how different works of literature work in conversation with one another, and how to bring students, from children to young adults, into that conversation.