[I know I’m late posting this, so your response will not be due until Monday at 5pm!]
To focus your reflection on our gameplay of Billy Budd, I would like you to write a post of the usual length that reckons with the following three questions (you can either write three responses or weave the three questions into a single mini-essay):
- How did your reading of the text change by virtue of looking at it through a single “window”** (i.e., the POV of your character or persona)? What did you learn about the novel by playing this role rather than simply reading the text?
- What are the pleasures and frustrations of “playing” a novel, rather than reading it? What obstacles did you encounter, and how did you deal with them?
- If you were to play again, what would you do differently? Would you pick another role? What moves would you change? What different moves might you make?
**Henry James famous likened the novel genre to a “house of fiction” that “has in short not one window, but a million — a number of possible windows not to be reckoned, rather; every one of which has been pierced, or is still pierceable, in its vast front, by the need of the individual vision and by the pressure of the individual will.”