I found this and love it! It doesn’t necessarily belong in our presentation, however it represents new ways of capturing the interests of students in dynamic ways. Further, I wanted to post this because of the issues of power and language I believe it addresses, as well as the issue of what we deem to be “scholarly”.
The “thug” Sparky Sweets, is essentially playing a role, he’s at once satirizing those who traditionally have access to great literature: the stuffy, old white man, sitting amongst his extensive library of great literary works, drink in hand, whilst pondering and delving into such grand themes nestled and wrestled within the literary arts. Yet, at the same time, this “thug” skillfully works through works like To Kill A Mockingbird with great insight and skill. He does so using visual and digital tools to create meaning in a new way. I argue that his language choice, his use of profanity, is also part of his role as the thug. Without it he would lose his street credibility, but it also presents an opportunity to provide access to literature in a more dynamic way. It has the powerful potential to capture the interests of students that would otherwise be disengaged in literature. This thug role addresses issues of power, challenging who has access to great literature in terms of its scholarly deconstruction and analysis, as well as its creative presentation. And he nails it.