I have not been blogging lately because I have been teaching Carrie Toth´s and Carol Gaab´s wonderful novel, La hija del sastre, and on alternating days Movie Talking selected parts of Pan´s Labyrinth (i.e. El Laberinto del Fauno). A nice synergy has developed between the two texts; Pan´s Labyrinth has cast such a foreboding shadow over the novel that students are quite on edge as they read… as they should be. I have read La Hija del Sastre in class before, but somehow I could not quite sell it the way I am managing to do it this year. Good pairings draw students in.
With that in mind, have you found a synergistic pairing of film and novel?
I paired the film Sin Nombre with the TPRS novel Vida y Muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha last year and I thought the effect was pretty good. I have also paired the novel Esperanza with the documentary Which way home?, but what I would really like is to find a book to pair with Almodovar´s Hable con ella. Any ideas?