Erik C. Christensen, PhD
Lakeside Upper School English Department

Brief bio // Send email to erik.christensen@lakesideschool.org // Short article: Why Study Literature?


[Back row: Culhane, Berrada, Lapsley, Doelger, Christensen // Front row: Goss, Chu, Aegerter, Kaz]

MY COURSES in 2015-16
Fall:
   English 9, English 10, English 12: Chaos Theory & Literature (team-taught with John Newsom)
Spring:
English 9, English 10, English 12: Utopias


 

P.S. Krøyer, Summer evening on Skagen (Northern Denmark), 1893         Claude Monet's series of Rouen Cathedral, 1892-4                     Caspar David Friedrich, The Life Stages, 1834


(IMAGES: skagensmuseum.dk, blocs.xtec.cat, wikimedia.org)

 



ENGLISH 9 -- FALL & SPRING
See course info & schedule on Haiku



Julia Alvarez (timeofthebutterflies.weebly.com) / Sherman Alexie (opb.org)

ENGLISH 10 -- FALL & SPRING
See course infor & schedule on Haiku




Scene from Twelfth Night with Audra McDonald and Anne Hathaway (operarox.tumblr.com)

ENGLISH 12:
CHAOS THEORY & LITERATURE -- FALL
See course info & schedule on Haiku






Example of a Julia Set (juliasets.dk)

ENGLISH 12:
UTOPIAS/DYSTOPIAS
-- SPRING

Scenes from Ex Machina and Blade Runner (idigitaltimes.com / themovies.co.za)  





“I enter the Library. Almost physically, I can feel the gravitation of the books, the serene atmosphere of orderliness, time magically mounted and preserved…Tomorrow I too will be dead and our times will run together and chronology will melt into an orb of symbols…”
       
-- Jorge Luis Borges, Foreword to El hacedor [The Maker]


Image: www.josearrambide.com



"One wanted, she thought, dipping her brush deliberately, to be on a level with ordinary experience, to feel simply that's a chair, that's a table, and yet at the same time, It's a miracle, it's an ecstasy."
                    
-- Virginia Woolf, from To The Lighthouse

Image: www.literaryhistory.com

 


"Every reader is, when he reads, a reader of his own self. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument which he offers to the reader to enable him to discern what, without thisbook, he wouldperhaps never have seen in himself."
                     
--Marcel Proust from Le temps retrouvé [Time Regained]

Image: www.search.com

Important Course-Related Links:
» Course Expectations      
» Guidelines for mini-seminars

Lakeside Links:

»
Lakeside's English Department faculty and links to websites       
» Lakeside School's Home Page
     
» LAKESIDE LIBRARY research resources.


Writing Tips
:
» Go to the Lakeside School English Department Writing Guide
         
»
How to talk about literary style: 15 terms you can use!

» Grammar Help! Check out this useful grammar practice site     
» Electronic and Print Research Resources, Guidelines on how to cite outside sources
» Power Point outline on Strategies for Writing In-Class Essays
     
» Go to The Owl at Purdue, for help with MLA citation guidelines
» How to do Parenthetical Citation

 

Personal Links:
» My first published SF short story: "Islands"
-->Slightly expanded version of "Islands"
» Early SF novellas: "Emissary" and "Outpost"
» Personal Book Lists: Favorite fiction

Miscellaneous:

»Virginia Woolf   
»
Jorge Luis Borges     
»
On the history of the Novel
      
» IMAGE SOURCES


"We've got a blind date with destiny...
and it looks like she's ordered the lobster."

William H. Macy as The Shoveler in Mystery Men
Link to Previous Quotations