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Situating College English: Lessons from an American University

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This book addresses the urgent need for rigorous and creative examination of how new theoretical principles, sociocultural investments, and pedagogical technologies inform classroom teaching. Written by current and former graduate and faculty instructors of English at the University of Texas at Austin—a department that has been centrally involved in national controversies over literary multiculturalism, the politics of writing instruction, and the development of academic computer technology—this collection ...

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Overview

This book addresses the urgent need for rigorous and creative examination of how new theoretical principles, sociocultural investments, and pedagogical technologies inform classroom teaching. Written by current and former graduate and faculty instructors of English at the University of Texas at Austin—a department that has been centrally involved in national controversies over literary multiculturalism, the politics of writing instruction, and the development of academic computer technology—this collection constitutes a uniquely situated engagement with the most pressing contemporary questions in English studies.

After historical and theoretical contextualizing by its coeditors, Situating College English is organized in to three sections that provide conceptual analyses, practical strategies, and empirical data derived from representative classroom experiences and addressed to a range of pedagogical issues.

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Twenty papers from a spring 1992 colloquium in Austin discuss some of the issues facing the English department at the University of Texas there, and relate them to the national and professional context. Among them are pedagogical authority and knowledge, canonicity, cultural and multicultural definitions and conflicts, race, gender, and sexual orientation. Paper edition (481-2) $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

EVAN CARTON is Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin.

ALAN W. FRIEDMAN is Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Standard English at the University of Texas 3
2 Political Correctness, Principled Contextualism, Pedagogical Conscience 17
3 Pedagogy and the Cannon Controversy 31
4 A Multicultural Curriculum: Diversity or Divisiveness? 41
5 Rereading Texas History: Cultural Impoverishment, Empowerment, and Pedagogy 47
6 "English" Literature, the Irish, and The Norton Anthology 60
7 The Thumb of Ekalavya: Postcolonial Studies and the "Third World" Scholar in a "First World" Academy 68
8 Reclaiming the Teaching Assistant: Dissent as a Pedagogical Tool 80
9 Warranting a Postmodernist Literary Studies 93
10 Knowledge, Power, and the Melancholy of English Studies 102
11 Collaborative Learning in the Postmodern Classroom 111
12 Professionalism and the Problem of the "We" in Composition Studies 121
13 An Accidental Writing Teacher 135
14 Having Students Write on Moral Topics: Legal, Religious, and Pedagogical Issues 147
15 Desire and Learning: The Perversity of Pedagogy 159
16 Learning and Desire: A Pedagogical Model 165
17 Gender and Trauma in the Classroom 174
18 "Type Normal Like the Rest of Us": Writing, Power, and Homophobia in the Networked Composition Classroom 181
19 Rethinking Pedagogical Authority in Response to Homophobia in the Networked Classroom 191
20 Here, Queer, and Perversely Sincere: Lesbian Subjects in the English Department 204
Bibliography 215
Index 229
Contributors 237
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