Learning Literature in an Era of Change
Innovations in Teaching

Paper: 978 1 57922 018 1 / $27.50
Published: January 2000  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
256 pp., 6" x 9"
This book presents a range of teaching strategies developed by teachers of literature who have heard the call from students, employers, and academic administrators for more relevant learning experiences in an ever-changing world. Integrating critical theory and classroom experience, the contributors to this book demonstrate how they foster learning, collaboration and cooperation, and creative thinking.

The book abounds with descriptions of successful non-traditional teaching strategies. We see teachers collaborating across disciplines and across colleges, in some cases across countries and grade levels, and demystifying literary studies for students brought up on visual media. Many of the contributors lead their campuses in the use of computer-mediated communication and multimedia to support instruction.

The chapters exemplify the shift from understanding teaching as "making students see what the teacher sees," to inviting them to engage texts together, as a community, and to learn how, with their teacher, knowledge and authority are culturally and socially constructed. In Learning Literature in an Era of Change practicing teachers offer their peers in literature and composition, and faculty developers, an exciting range of new models where professors are partners in learning, and where education is not delivered but discovered and disseminated.

Table of Contents:
Project-Based Literary Instruction--The Women of the Romantic Period Hypertext; Hypermedia Design in the English Classroom; Hypertextual and Networked Communication in Undergraduate Literature Classes--Strategies for an Interactive Critical Pedagogy; From Alchemy to Chemistry--Integrating Science and the Humanities; Wingdams--Piloting New Channels in Writing about Literature; From Short Fiction to Dramatic Event--Mental Imagery, the Perceptual Basis of Learning, and the Aesthetic Reading Experience; Linear Modeling and Stylistic Analysis--Giving Technology’s Power to Literature Students; Theme Days--Literature Across the Curriculum; Generative Criticism in the Seminar Room--Applying Lateral Thinking to the Study of Literary Theory; Figuring Literary Theory and Refiguring Teaching--Graphics in the Undergraduate Literary Theory Course; Online Letters for Literary Studies--Epistolary Pedagogy and Electronic Mail; Shakespeare On-line--Reflections on Teaching and Learning; Modernizing Modernism; On Teaching Literature Students to Interpret--The Textual Gap as Point of Departure; Permeable Boundaries--The Interrelation of the Arts; Sculpting the Text--Creative Approaches to Understanding Literature; Poster Presentations for Undergraduate Literary Studies