Laurence Sterne never would have imagined, according to the volume editor Melvyn New, "that The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy would two hundred years later be read in classrooms and endorsed by professorial types." Yet this formidable and great novel is indeed "swimming down the gutter of time," as Sterne prayed it would. The nineteen essays here, written by experienced "professorial types" who teach at a variety of levels, prove that Sterne is an author whose comic wit must be taken seriously and whose novel students can learn to appreciate and enjoy. This volume, like others in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, is divided into two parts. The first part, "Materials," reviews editions of Tristram Shandy, other primary works, biographical resources, background studies, and critical commentary. In the second part, "Approaches," teachersincluding both nonspecialists and well-known Sterne scholarssuggest strategies for presenting the novel in courses ranging from English literature surveys (where Tristram Shandy might be taught) to seminars on the eighteenth-century novel (where Sterne's work must be taught).