Bring contemporary fiction into your college/university classroom with Carve in the Classroom.
Jia Tolentino’s story “The Odyssey” is a slowly unwinding tale of Ulan Esenovitch, a taxi driver in Kyrgyzstan who is caught in conflict, torn between fulfilling his obligations as a husband and father, while also seeking intimacies with other men in a country where homosexuality is widely accepted as immoral. Ulan’s division is further strained by the purchase of a new Honda Odyssey, which both increases his familial obligations and allows him more opportunity to escape and avoid the bleak, harsh life of post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan. The story also explores gender roles and the political history of the country.
LESSON PLAN INCLUDES:
-detailed "about the author"
-interactive opening activity
-content & craft discussion questions
-expository and creative writing prompts
-literary connections with other works
-connect with the author information
Read or listen to the story online at http://carvezine.com/2012-fall-tolentino/