The aim of this course is to analyze The Notebook (1996), a novel written by Nicholas Sparks. We will also contrast the story with the film, The Notebook (2004), and read some poems that appear in the story.
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks is a love story of Noah and Allie, who are forced to separate because of the social realities. When they meet again, Allie is engaged to Lon. How will the story end? We will focus on the novel, the film adaptation, and the poems referred to in the story. The existence of poets and poems seems to clarify the hidden message of the story.
The Notebook (2004) （映画『きみに読む物語』） Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook (1996) Other readings to be supplied as handouts.
Reference books will be introduced in class.
Active participation in class.
Class attendance / assignments / term paper
１．Film, The Notebook (2004) ２．Novel made into a movie ３．Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook (1996) ４．The man reading to a woman ５．Allie, Noah, and Lon ６．Love letters unanswered ７．Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (a book of poetry) ８．The importance of Leaves of Grass to Noah ９．Noah connected with poets and poetry 10．"Poetry wasn't written to be analyzed; it was meant to inspire without reason, to touch without understanding." 11．"Follow your heart." 12．Fate vs. Free Will 13．An interview with Nicholas Sparks 14．A universal portrait of human beings: Who am I? 15．Sharing ideas: What does love mean to you?
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