A novel about difference

18 Nov

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is often billed as a novel about difference.  For HSC Standard English students studying this text in Module B, this idea of ‘difference’ is significant.  Why?  Well, because it is through this lens of difference that the narrative is filtered.

There are a number of different ways to get the students thinking about what ‘difference’ means in the context of this narrative (see, for example, here and here).  This article and the accompanying Autism Spectrum Australia video, is yet another way in for students.  The video in particular is helpful as it clarifies some of the behaviours demonstrated by Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and, by extension, can be used to explain why the narrative is written the way it is.

As an added bonus, the video might remind our students to be accepting of difference.

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  1. Understanding Autism | Once uPUN a time... - April 15, 2016

    […] who live on the spectrum.  I think this would be a valuable video to show students as part of an introduction to studying Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time as it would help […]

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