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The essays in this collection show how teachers respond to the question, "Why are we reading this?" The book discusses available editions of the novel and further reading for students, as well as reference works, bibliographies, critical works, and teaching aids. It also outlines strategies for introducing a difficult text and presents a range of critical approaches. Contributors are all professors of English. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873527651
  • Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Approaches to Teaching World Literature
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 211
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Series
Preface to the Volume
Pt. 1 Materials
Pt. 2 Approaches
Teaching To the Lighthouse as a Traditional Novel 35
"For Nothing Is Simply One Thing": Knowing the World in To the Lighthouse 41
Returning to the Lighthouse: A Postmodern Approach 47
The Language of Fabric in To the Lighthouse 54
Reading Provisionally: Narrative Theory and To the Lighthouse 60
"Some Rope to Throw to the Reader": Teaching the Diverse Rhythms of To the Lighthouse 66
Twenty Years to the Lighthouse: A Teaching Voyage 72
Reading and Writing: Helping Students Discover Meaning in To the Lighthouse 79
Look Again: Reading To the Lighthouse from an Aesthetic of Likeness 85
What Teaching To the Lighthouse Taught Me about Reading Virginia Woolf 91
Reading To the Lighthouse as a Critique of the Imperial 97
Articulating the Questions, Searching for Answers: How To the Lighthouse Can Help 107
From the Dark House to the Lighthouse: The Ramsays as Dysfunctional Family 114
Transformations: Teaching To the Lighthouse with Autobiographies and Family Chronicles 119
To the Lighthouse and Painting 129
To the Lighthouse and the Publishing Practices of Virginia Woolf 136
Teaching To the Lighthouse as a Civilian War Novel 142
"I Have Had My Vision": Teaching To the Lighthouse as Kunstelerroman 148
Portraits of Artists by Woolf and Joyce 157
Pear Trees beyond Eden: Women's Knowing Reconfigured in Wolf's To the Lighthouse and Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God 163
Compulsory Heterosexuality and the Lesbian Continuum in To the Lighthouse: A Women's Studies Approach 169
Notes on Contributors 177
Survey Participants 181
Works Cited
Index 207
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