Good questions, all, thanks!
These are classes I have to choose between as an elective for my own studies next semester. I am trying to keep in mind the fact that I am getting my master’s degree with the idea of expanding my teaching repertoire. Caribbean Lit seems more likely something I might be able to incorporate into a world literature or AP class, so it feels like the class I should take.
History of the Book intrigues me simply because it’s so different from the typical lit classes. I’m interested in the book-making process from the standpoint of a writer, as I don’t really know what the editor/publisher/seller process looks like. I’m intrigued by the idea of manipulation and the propaganda involved in sales (have I mentioned I love dystopian YA Lit?), and I would really like to know what kind of technological options are out there for books and what that would mean for the classroom. And I may have forgotten to mention there are field trips involved to publishing houses and special collections. Yes, I am a graduate student excited about a field trip.
I promised myself that I would take classes I want to take and scheduling be darned. But I have to admit that a three-hour (yes, it’s just once a week, but three hours *whine*) course is a bit of a turn-off for the Carib Lit. But one girl I met and got along with is taking it, so perhaps we could make it bearable. However, HotB’s scheduling gives me several hours to do homework on campus before my next class that afternoon and makes parking easier (i.e., free). It’s hard to completely discount the pragmatic scheduling issues, but I’m trying. So, I thought I'd throw it to the public, because I dearly care what other people think.