Teaching Literature: A Companion

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Literature departments enter the twenty-first century with a deepening sense of crisis and growing need to defend the value of their work in the face of understaffing and poor job prospects for graduate students. Teaching Literature offers a practical guide to teaching literature, with accounts of how daily experiences in the classroom grow out of engagement with dynamic fields of study. By uniting the theoretical and the practical consideration of what it means to teach literature, this book widens the current conversation about pedagogy just beginning to take place in the field. Until recently, teaching has played second fiddle to literary research as a mode of knowledge and a sign of academic prestige. Now, literature departments are beginning to realize the importance of articulating what it is we do in the classroom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333987926
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/19/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tanya Agathocleous is a graduate student at Rutgers University. Ann C. Dean is Assistant Professor of English and Director of College Writing, University of Southern Maine.

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Table of Contents

Notes on the Contributors
Introduction 1
1 Teaching Autobiography 11
2 Queer Chaucer in the Classroom 31
3 Grub Street: the Literary and the Literatory in Eighteenth-Century Britain 41
4 Teaching the Victorians Today 49
5 Towards Desegregating Syllabuses: Teaching American Literary Realism and Racial Uplift Fiction 58
6 Teaching Literature and Ethics: the Particular and the General 71
7 Taking Lyrics Literally: Teaching Poetry in a Prose Culture 80
8 Re-writing Texts, Re-constructing the Subject: Work as Play on the Critical-Creative Interface 105
9 Schooling Misery: the Ominous Threat and the Eminent Promise of the Popular Reader 125
10 The River and the Chestnut Tree: When Students Already Know the Answers 139
11 The Place of the Implicit in Literary Discovery: Creating New Courses 149
12 From Teaching in Class to Teaching Online: Preserving Community and Communication 163
13 'Subject: RE: I absolutely HATED Achebe's Things Fall Apart': Teaching World Literature on the World Wide Web 171
App. 1 Web Resources for Teaching Literature 186
App. 2 Bibliography of Resources on Teaching Literature 189
Index 193
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