NEVER A DULL MOMENT: Teaching and the Art of Performance [NOOK Book]

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Teachers are really performers, classrooms are stages, and students the captivated audience. In beautiful prose, Felman invites us to watch her one woman show on the art of performance in today's classrooms. These essays take on the greatest hits of the academy: identity politics, sexual harrassment, academic censorship, and radical pedagogy. Felman's book is a performance not to be missed.
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NEVER A DULL MOMENT: Teaching and the Art of Performance

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Overview

Teachers are really performers, classrooms are stages, and students the captivated audience. In beautiful prose, Felman invites us to watch her one woman show on the art of performance in today's classrooms. These essays take on the greatest hits of the academy: identity politics, sexual harrassment, academic censorship, and radical pedagogy. Felman's book is a performance not to be missed.
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Library Journal
Few college professors can match Felman's flair in the classroom. A professor at Brandeis whose books include Cravings: A Sensual Memoir, she teaches such classes as "Blacks and Jews," "Reading and Writing Autobiography," and "Introduction to Women's Studies" but is also a performance artist with her own one-woman show. Felman effectively brings this expertise to her classroom, which is usually filled to capacity. Through her own "performance," she actively engages her students in the learning process and creates an atmosphere in which intimacy between students and a strong teacher-student bond develop. Students leaving a "normal" college class may talk about what was just learned, but according to one student, those leaving Felman's sessions are more apt to talk about how they feel. In this collection of essays, Felman reveals how she helps her students understand the "big picture" and how she teaches them to transform themselves while discarding the distorted views they may have about others. And although she discusses the present state of academia in great detail, she also discusses social structure, covering topics such as feminism, gender and racial biases, and sexual orientation. A good addition to most libraries. Terry Christner, Hutchinson P.L., KS Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135958596
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/11/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 255
  • File size: 752 KB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface: Dress Rehearsal
Act I Warm-up
1 All the Classroom's a Stage 3
2 Long Day's Journey into the Classroom 19
3 Lee Strasberg Comes to Class 37
Act II Opening Night
4 GI Joe in the Last Row: Performing Masculinities 57
5 Damsels in Distress: Performing Femininities 83
6 A Classroom Named Desire: Academic Bodies in Motion 105
Act III Stage Notes
7 A Midsemester's Day Dream 131
8 If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Improv 149
9 Backers and Flackers behind the Scenes 169
10 Power Plays in the Master Class 191
Further Reading 215
Relevant Films 219
Index 221
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