Teaching Literature / Edition 1

Teaching Literature / Edition 1

by Elaine Showalter
     
 

Teaching Literature is an indispensable guidebook for all teachers of English and American literature in higher education. Drawing on 40 years of international teaching experience, author Elaine Showalter inspires instructors to make their classroom practice as intellectually exciting as their research.

Showalter’s wide-ranging reflections address

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Teaching Literature is an indispensable guidebook for all teachers of English and American literature in higher education. Drawing on 40 years of international teaching experience, author Elaine Showalter inspires instructors to make their classroom practice as intellectually exciting as their research.

Showalter’s wide-ranging reflections address practical, theoretical, and methodological issues. She starts out by describing the anxieties of teaching literature and by outlining the major theories and methods circulating in the field. She then goes on to look separately at teaching drama, fiction, poetry, and theory, and to explore ways to teach teaching. Finally, she investigates the moral issues involved in teaching, and the practical ethics of handling touchy subjects, from sexuality to suicide.

Examples from real classes and careers are cited throughout, generating an unusual degree of authenticity and immediacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631226246
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/09/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
428,852
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.53(d)

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Meet the Author

Elaine Showalter is Professor of English at Princeton University. She has been a teacher of English and American Literature for 40 years and has taught high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and other adults in the United States, Canada, Britain and Europe. She has also directed a teaching seminar for graduate students. During 1998 she was President of the Modern Language Association of America.

The author’s publications include A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists from Brontë to Lessing (1982), The Female Malady: Women, Madness and Society 1830-1980 (1987), Sexual Anarchy (1991), Sister’s Choice: Tradition and Change in American Women’s Writing (1991) and Inventing Herself (2001).

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1The Anxiety of Teaching1
2Theories of Teaching Literature21
3Methods of Teaching Literature42
4Teaching Poetry62
5Teaching Drama79
6Teaching Fiction88
7Teaching Theory103
8Teaching Teachers111
9Teaching Dangerous Subjects125
10Teaching Literature in Dark Times131
Conclusion: The Joy of Teaching Literature141
Notes144
Index159

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