COD 2022 - D667

Webinar - IGCSE 2022-2023 A multilayered reading of Yann Martel's Life of Pi and its intertextual activities to enhance critical and creative thinking

Secondary School-teachers, Language and Literature teachers and IGCSE Literature teachers

1 sesiones, inicia: 22-Mar

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Ciclo: 2022
Nivel: A Distancia
Idioma: Inglés
Estado: Terminado
Lugar: A Distancia
Capacitador/es: Ms. María Cecilia Pena Koessler MA
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1 22 Marzo 2022 05:30 pm 07:30 pm


María Cecilia Pena Koessler

Graduate Teacher of English at Primary level and at Secondary level from I.E.S en Lenguas Vivas "J. R. Fernández." Postgraduate course in Medieval and Renaissance Literature at I.E.S en Lenguas Vivas "J.R. Fernández." MA in Literary Linguistics (University of Nottingham) and Medieval Studies Master's degree student (UBA). She teaches English Literature I and Children and YA 's Literature at I.S.P. J.V.González and I.E.S. en Lenguas Vivas "J.R. Fernández" Teacher Training Colleges and IGCSE and IB literature at secondary schools. She has participated in research projects on Intercultural Awareness and Border Thery. She has co-authored "Little Stars" pre-primary series and "Our Stories" primary series for Pearson and designed creative writing and literature materials for other series (Pearson and Macmillan).
Secondary School-teachers, Language and Literature teachers and IGCSE Literature teachers
- To delve into the use of allegory, frame story, magic realism, Robinsonade and the hero’s journey in the novel.
- To reflect on the symbolism of animals, natural elements and geometrical shapes, among others.
- To provide teachers with textual intervention teaching strategies to make the most of the reading of Life of Pi for the IGCSE exam.
- To propose intertextual links that will allow teachers to meet IGCSE Literature objectives.
Life of Pi can definitely be analysed at different levels since it is a novel that escapes easy categorization allowing both students and teacher to explore different genres, motifs and symbology. It will be the aim of this workshop to explore all these levels of meaning together with religious and metaliterary references and sources of humour (puns and absurdity).Life of Pi’s paratextual and fan art will be used as a springboard for critical analysis of the novel. We will also look for the text’s intertextual links with William Blake, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Ernest Hemingway and the Bible. Finally, we will search for points of entry in the novel to trigger off creative thinking activities.
The session will be organized in terms of a workshop for participants to enrich their understanding of the text with contributions from the group.
- Squire, L. (2017). “Circles unrounded: sustainability, subject and necessity in Yann Martel’s Life of Pi.” Manchester University Press.
- Janes, D. (2013). “The Limits of the Story: Reading the Castaway Narrative in "A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder" and "Life of Pi,"” Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal, Vol. 46, No. 4, pp. 109-125.
- Duncan, R. (2008). “"Life of Pi" as Postmodern Survivor Narrative,” Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal, June 2008, Vol. 41, No. 2, pp. 167-183.
- Bills, S., Bond L. and Cascio, J. (2014). “"No Bamboozlement Here": Teaching Yann Martel's "Life of Pi" across the Curriculum,” The English Journal, January 2014, Vol. 103, No. 3, pp. 15-21.
- Dwyer, J. Dwyer (2005). “Yann Martel's Life of Pi and the Evolution of the Shipwreck Narrative,” Modern Language Studies, Fall, 2005, Vol. 35, No. 2, pp. 9-2.
- Thorn, Michael (2015). “Cannibalism, Communion, and Multifaith Sacrifice in the Novel and Film Life of Pi,” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, 27(1):1-15.
- Life of Pi Resources.