Teaching Literature: A Companion

Teaching Literature: A Companion

by T. Agathocleous, A. Dean
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Palgrave Macmillan UK


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Teaching Literature: A Companion

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333987926
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 12/17/2002
Edition description: 2003
Pages: 197
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

CHARLES ALTIERI Professor of Literature, University of California at Berkeley SUZY ANGER Assistant Professor of English, University of Maryland MICHELE BIRNBAUM Associate Professor of English and African American Studies and Director of Women's Studies, University of Puget Sound GLEN BURGER Associate Professor of English, Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York SUSAN JAYE DAUER Professor of English, Valencia Community College, Florida PHILIP DAVIS Professor of Literature, University of Liverpool JILLANA ENTEEN Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature, Northwestern University NANCY HENRY Associate Professor of English, SUNY Binghampton RICHARD E.MILLER Associate Professor of English and Associate Director of the Writing Program at Rutgers University STEVEN KRUGER Professor of English, Queen's College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York GEORGE LEVINE Kenneth Burke Professor of English and the Director of the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture at Rutgers University JOHN O'BRIEN Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia ROB POPE Professor of English Studies, Oxford Brookes University CAROLYN WILLIAMS Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University.

Table of Contents

Notes on the Contributorsxiv
Part IFields of Study in the Twenty-First Century Classroom
1Teaching Autobiography11
2Queer Chaucer in the Classroom31
3Grub Street: the Literary and the Literatory in Eighteenth-Century Britain41
4Teaching the Victorians Today49
5Towards Desegregating Syllabuses: Teaching American Literary Realism and Racial Uplift Fiction58
6Teaching Literature and Ethics: the Particular and the General71
7Taking Lyrics Literally: Teaching Poetry in a Prose Culture80
Part IIClassroom Rituals, Old and New
8Re-writing Texts, Re-constructing the Subject: Work as Play on the Critical-Creative Interface105
9Schooling Misery: the Ominous Threat and the Eminent Promise of the Popular Reader125
10The River and the Chestnut Tree: When Students Already Know the Answers139
11The Place of the Implicit in Literary Discovery: Creating New Courses149
12From Teaching in Class to Teaching Online: Preserving Community and Communication163
13'Subject: RE: I absolutely *HATED* Achebe's Things Fall Apart': Teaching World Literature on the World Wide Web171
Appendix 1Web Resources for Teaching Literature186
Appendix 2Bibliography of Resources on Teaching Literature189

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