Approaches to Teaching the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson

by Caroline McCracken-Flesher
     
 

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Although Robert Louis Stevenson was a late Victorian, his work—especially Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—still circulates energetically and internationally among popular and academic audiences and among young and old. Admired by Henry James, Vladimir Nabokov, and Jorge Luis Borges, Stevenson’s fiction

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Although Robert Louis Stevenson was a late Victorian, his work—especially Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—still circulates energetically and internationally among popular and academic audiences and among young and old. Admired by Henry James, Vladimir Nabokov, and Jorge Luis Borges, Stevenson’s fiction crosses the boundaries of genre and challenges narrow definitions of the modern and the postmodern.

Part 1 of this volume, “Materials,” provides an introduction to the writer’s life, a survey of the criticism of his work, and a variety of resources for the instructor. In part 2, “Approaches,” thirty essays address such topics as Stevenson’s dialogue with James about literature; his verse for children; his Scottish heritage; his wanderlust; his work as gothic fiction, as science fiction, as detective fiction; his critique of imperialism in the South Seas; his usefulness in the creative writing classroom; and how Stevenson encourages expansive thinking across texts, times, places, and lives.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“For teachers of Stevenson from K12 through graduate study . . . first-rate scholars provide a sophisticated overview of his wide-ranging literary output.” —Joseph McLaughlin, Ohio University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603291217
Publisher:
Modern Language Association of America
Publication date:
12/01/2012
Series:
Approaches to Teaching World Literature
Pages:
251
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Caroline McCracken-Flesher is professor of English at the University of Wyoming. She is the author of Possible Scotlands: Walter Scott and the Story of Tomorrow and The Doctor Dissected: A Cultural Autopsy of the Burke and Hare Murders and the editor of Culture, Nation, and the New Scottish Parliament and Scotland as Science Fiction.

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