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Transcript of Module B
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
A close study of text, focusing on:
positioning and perception
What are the text's characteristics? (character, setting, structure, style, genre)
How do they shape meaning/convey themes?
How do they influence our perceptions?
How do they make text distinctive?
Asperger's Syndrome and Christopher Boone
Part of the autism spectrum
Currently labeled an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Primarily affects social interaction, particularly communication, imagination and social situations.
Christopher will not exhibit all of the traits associated with Asperger's.
tendency to take things literally.
difficulty expressing emotions.
logical and rational approach to problem solving.
average or above average language skills, particularly involving topics of interest.
difficulty empathising with others so may not comprehend their emotions, point of view or motivations.
prefer routine and may struggle to cope with change.
reluctance to make eye contact.
body language, facial expression and tone may not be understood intuitively, so must be explicitly taught.
longer processing time in social situations.
Sometimes, a person with Asperger’s syndrome may come across as rude because they do not make eye contact or they are abrupt when entering or leaving a conversation.
may prefer to be alone
prefer quieter, less crowded situations.
may have difficulty engaging, and keeping up, with, conversations, particularly when there is more than one other participant or the topic is not of particular interest.
English novelist, poet and artist.
Spent some time working with children with particular learning needs, including Asperger's.
Specifically states that he hoped Christopher would seem real to readers. His character was not researched and is not a 'medically accurate' reflection of Asperger's.
The novel is not about Asperger's. "It's a novel about difference, about being an outsider, about seeing the world in a surprising and revealing way."
Much of his work is postmodernist.
Understand the purpose of the text - what was Haddon trying to say - and how this is achieved.
have detailed textual knowledge that you can link to the themes. Draw your evidence from across the entire novel.
don't be afraid of your personal perspective.
use the metalanguage associated with the novel (e.g. character, theme, genre, truncated sentence, dismissive tone, metafictive)
have broad knowledge of the novel. You will be asked about the features of the novel, including its distinctiveness, and how they convey themes. You can be asked about a specific feature (e.g. setting), a theme, or a particular part of the novel (e.g. opening, key incident).