This group has done some pretty good work in the past on the topic of
re-assessing "the essay" as a form. I'm wondering if there is some
similar work to be done in terms of re-assessing "the course?"
Going with the theater metaphorfor a minute, other than the Mahabarata
(sp), not too many theater performances request that an audience hang in
for days, let alone months, regardless of what the topic is, or the
quality of the performance. On the other hand, not too many performers
are expected to perform 35 or more *different* and marvelous performances
in 3 months!
We're arguably transitioning from a paradigm of mass-industry (factory) to
one of personal-industry (computer), and maybe we need to position the
class, or the course, as an artifact of mass-industry which no longer
applies. The metaphor of game may indicate that in effect it's already