Friday, September 18, 2009
In one of my classes last week, we read Langston Hughes' "Salvation." It's a great piece for any class, but I like teaching it in Egypt because many of the students are unfamiliar with Christian revivals as we know them in the U.S., and sometimes they end up being a little creeped out by them in ways that U.S. Christians sometimes claim to be creeped out by the religious rituals of others.
So I read the piece out loud, asking the students to first describe what had happened in the piece.
Someone said it was about a revival, pointing to the word in the text.
"What's a revival?" I asked.
Most of them shrugged.
Then one student asked, "Is that like what happened in Borat?"