Tuesday, May 12, 2009

ABC's 'Lost' is required viewing for students in college course

ABC's 'Lost' is required viewing for students in UNF course | Jacksonville.com

Oh dear, I used to teach for 6 years at the University of North Florida.

It's 8 a.m. and a room full of University of North Florida literature students is eager to discuss last night's assignment.

You'd expect to see bleary-eyed students groaning at the thought of in-depth literary analysis of themes and symbolism, but these 27 scholars can't seem to stop talking.

That's because their homework was to watch TV.

Sarah Clarke Stuart teaches a literature course on 'Lost,' the hit ABC show about the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 who crashed on a mysterious island.

It's a mystical show full of puzzles, cliffhangers and frustrations. Try to explain the show to non-watchers and you'll end up sounding like you're on acid:

'I mean, there's polar bears, ghosts and a smoke monster. And, uh, they travel through time, but they can't change anything and, uh, there are these others who don't like the Dharma Initiative. It's trippy.'

With all of the references to literature, physics, religion and even math, you almost need a master's degree to know what's going on. Avid watchers scour message boards and blogs to unlock the secrets.

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