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Pleased To Meet You...Alan Wallace

05 maart 2014

This week we've been speaking to Alan Wallace, Head of English, Drama & Media.

  • How long have you been at BISS Puxi? I have been the Head of the English Faculty at BISS for two years.
  • How long have you been teaching English? I have been an English teacher for 15 years.
  • What do you enjoy most about teaching English? I enjoy introducing students to new ideas especially in poetry and helping them to become conscious of the craft of writing.
  • Who is your favourite author? This is a hard one as they have changed throughout my life but a book that still haunts me is the great Scottish novelist James Hogg and his Confessions of a Justified Sinner consider one of the earliest books to look into the divided self and ahead of its time in terms of narrative structure.
  • What is your favourite book to teach? I love teaching Maus the graphic novel by Art Spiegelman depicting the holocaust from a generational perspective, as is not only the anthropomorphism clever, but the artist's skill within the panels makes you have to read this visually, which throws up a whole new interpretation. Everyone should read Maus.
  • What’s your favourite thing to do in Shanghai? I really enjoy just going for urban walks in areas which I don't know and following my feet to see where they lead me.