Approaches to Teaching the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson

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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.

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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 he encourages expansive thinking across texts, times, places, and lives.

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"For teachers of Stevenson from K-12 through graduate study . . . first-rate scholars provide a sophisticated overview of his wide-ranging literary output"

-Joseph McLaughlin, Ohio University

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  • ISBN-13: 9781603291224
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 12/1/2012
  • Series: Approaches to Teaching World Literature
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix

Preface xi

PART 1: MATERIALS

Introduction 3

Literary Criticism 3

Editions 7

Stevenson on Stevenson 8

Biographies 9

Archives and Museums 10

Art and Photography 11

Popular Culture Resources 11

Electronic Resources 12

Societies, Conferences, Journals 13

Maps 13

Chronology 17

PART 2: APPROACHES

Introduction 23

Background

Stevenson in His Place: Scotland, England,

the United States, and Samoa Jenni Calder 26

Scotland: Politics, Religion, Literature Penny Fielding 34

American Literary Contexts Glenda Norquay 41

Stevenson and Scots J. Derrick McClure 48

The Visual Culture of Robert Louis Stevenson: Face to Face Dennis Denisoff 54

Theoretical Contexts

Realism and Romance Scott Hames 61

Modernism Roderick Watson 69

Colonialism and Postcolonialism Graham Tulloch 76

Narrative and Narratology: The Ebb Tide of Action Robert L. Caserio 83

Gender and Genre Fiona Wilson 89

Literary Contexts

The Gothic: Detection and Science Fiction Linda Dryden 96

Travel Writing: Nonfiction into Fiction Oliver S. Buckton 104

Children's Literature Barbara Chatton 111

The Essay and the Periodicals Thomas Richardson 117

Classroom Conventions and Challenges

Stevenson's Scotland: History and Topography in the Classroom Ian Duncan 124

Stevenson as Transatlantic Romanticism Susan Oliver 130

Boys' Adventure and the Allure of Violence in the

Postcolonialism Class: Treasure Island H. Aram Veeser 135

Exposure and Image: A Visual Approach Ann C. Colley 141

The Jekyll and Hyde Class: Overcoming Strangeness Wendy R. Katz 146

Jekyll and Hyde as Science Fiction Anne Stiles 152

Stevenson and Adaptation: Resources and Materials Martin Danahay 157

The Stevenson-Osbourne Collaboration Gordon Hirsch 162

Course Contexts

Stevenson's Poetry in the Victorian Survey Abigail Burnham Bloom 168

The American Journeys in the English Survey:

Breaking Down the Binaries Caroline McCracken-Flesher 174

Young Adult Novels for English Secondary Education Students Leslie S. Rush 179

The Pacific Story and the Indigenous Student: "The Bottle Imp"

and "The Isle of Voices" Richard J. Hill 184

Stevenson's Short Stories in the Creative Writing Classroom Alan Riach 189

Stevenson's Essays in the Composition Classroom Emily A. Bernhard Jackson 195

Classroom and Courtroom across the Curriculum: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Jason Goldsmith 199

Jekyll and Heidegger: Stevenson in the Theory Classroom Matthew Wickman 204

Notes on Contributors 209

Survey Participants 213

Works Cited 215

Index 233

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