The First Novel Study Continued

  • Posted on: 30 May 2018
  • By: RobertMiceli
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We have already read a third of the novel and will aim to complete it this term. In this course we will read what many believe to be the first English novel ever published. Written 299 years ago, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is the autobiographical story of a castaway trapped on a tropical desert island. We will read this fairly large book in class, working on a range of skills from creative writing, designing a visual text, and epistolary correspondence (a fancy way of saying 'writing letters'). The best part about this course is that it involves a castaway role playing game designed and devised by yours truly. This game will place you and your marooned reprobates on an abandoned island with only a few tools, your journal, and your wits. As the months tick by, you will maintain an auto-biographical diary recording your strategies of escape, the events that occur, and the challenges you experience along the way. As a heads up, I've intentionally used some vocabulary here that I know will confuse you and that's absolutely okay! Just go and search up the definitions to these words because it will make for good practise as we negotiate our way through the antiquated phraseology of this canonical staple. Join this class if you're ready for a challenge!