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Writing Strategies II, week 4: October 19th, 2012

We read to learn that we are not alone.

These words are said to C.S. Lewis by one of his students in the movie “Shadowlands” (which is in the DWCLA library)

書誌ID :
書名/編著名 :
Shadowlands / directed by Richard Attenborough
特定資料種別コード :
出版・頒布事項 :
New York : HBO Home Video , c1993
形態事項 :
1 videocassette (133 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in
その他の標題 :
その他のタイトル:Richard Attenborough’s film Shadowlands : based on a true story
著者標目リンク :
本文言語 :
NC番号 :

Your thoughts, questions, confusions, understanding, insights, etc. are all valuable to other students. They have value for others because they are unique. Listening to others we can get new ideas and perspectives, and also discover that we are not alone.

In your projects for this semester, don’t compare a book with a movie. Compare books to books, and movies to movies.

The schedule for presentations etc. is as follows:

  • Presentation #1: Nov. 2nd – a short progress report 経過報告、進捗状況報告(書)、中間報告(書)
  • Presentation #2: Nov. 30th and Dec. 7th
  • Final paper: January 11th (week 13) for group reading and feedback; then Jan. 18th (week 14). (The last class of the year is on Jan. 25th.)

Today, we

  1. discussed our freewritings of chapter 4 in groups of 5 students
  2. read classmates’ topics
  3. listened to an explanation about a different kind of research paper, and received a copy of an example essay about choosing a camera
  4. suggestions for freewriting:
    1. don’t write a summary of the chapter
    2. consider what the author (C.S. Lewis) wanted the reader to think about.
      1. E.g., in chapter 3, Digory and Polly quarrel. Is Digory right? Is Polly right? Polly wanted to go home and not explore the world they came to, but Digory wanted to explore and wouldn’t listen to Polly. Who was right? Polly? Digory? Neither of them? Both of them?
      2. In chapter 2, Digory decides to take the rings and go and find Polly. Is he a specially brave person? Or is this human nature? What IS human nature? Is it human nature to help people who are in trouble? Or does Digory do this because he is British? Is this British culture?


Read chapters 5 and 6 and freewrite your thoughts about it as you read, like a movie of your mind. 15 minutes or 1 page of B5.

Shadowlands (film)
Shadowlands (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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(Makeup) Writing Strategies 2, session 7: November 4th, 2011

Joy and Jack Lewis
Joy and Jack Lewis. Photo apparently belongs to Joy's son Douglas

「正直いって泣きました。DVDが無いのが残念。発売を切にお願いします。 」 (アマゾンジャパンのカスタマーレヴュー

(The above photo came from the website Awesome Stories, and according to this website the original photo belongs to Joy’s son, Douglas Gresham.

Today, we watched part of “Shadowlands” (click the link to read Japanese reviews of it), a movie about CS Lewis’ marriage to Joy Davidman. First, they married for convenience. CS Lewis married her so that she could stay in Britain. He did not want her and her children to have to go back to the United States and live with her sometimes violent, drunkard husband.

They kept the marriage a secret. Joy lived in London with her children, and Lewis continued to live in Oxford. Then Joy was diagnosed with cancer. CS Lewis had grown to love Joy, and asked a priest friend to marry them in the hospital.

That is as far as we watched. See the trailer here:

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We watched the movie on VHS. Although there is a DVD, there is no Japanese version which can be played on Japanese DVD players.

Writing Strategies II, Session #1: October 1st, 2010

The Magician's Nephew
Image via Wikipedia

Update: I encourage you to read the Japanese translation of The Magician’s Nephew:

魔術師のおい―ナルニア国ものがたり〈6〉 (岩波少年文庫)

Dear Writing Strategies students,

  1. October 1st was our first class. As most students had  bought the textbook, we began reading the story. We read pages 1-4
  2. We watched the first part of a movie about the love story of C.S. Lewis and Joy Gresham. The movie is called “Shadowlands” in English and 「永遠(とわ)の愛に生きて Shadowlands」 in Japanese. You can read more about it in Japanese here.
    1. We watched up to where Joy Gresham and her son Douglas come to C.S. Lewis’ home in Oxford for Christmas.
  3. Use the Internet to help you find images that will help you understand the story that we are reading. For example, what is an Eton collar?
  4. Homework:
    1. Visit this blog and leave a comment (sign up for the feed if you want)
    2. Read chapter 1 (at least to page 10)
    3. Who and when was
      1. Sherlock Holmes? (日本語で読みたい方は日本語のWikipediaへどうぞ
      2. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? (日本語で読みたい方は日本語のWikipediaへどうぞ). Conan Doyle lived in my hometown from 1907 until his death in July 1930, in a house called Windlesham.
      3. the Bastables?

I will give you study guides for this semester’s text. I’m looking forward to seeing you tomorrow.

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