Teaching the Novel Across the Curriculum: A Handbook for Educators
Colin C. Irvine
ABC-CLIO, 2008 - Education - 344 pages
Instructors at all levels are being encouraged to teach writing in their courses, even in subjects other than English. Because the novel reflects a broad set of human experiences and history, it is the ideal vehicle for learning about a wide range of issues. This book helps educators learn how to incorporate novels in courses in English, the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and professional studies. The chapters focus on using the novel to explore ethical concerns, multiculturalism, history, social theory, psychology, social work, and education. The book looks at major canonical works as well as graphic novels and popular literature.
Language arts are at the forefront of education these days. Instructors at all levels are being encouraged to teach writing in their courses, even if those courses cover subjects other than English. Literature instructors have long used fiction to teach composition. But because the novel reflects a broad range of human experiences and historical events, it is the ideal medium for learning about contemporary social issues. This book helps educators learn how to use the novel in courses in English, the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and professional studies.
The book is divided into broad sections on general education classes; multiculturalism; literature classes; humanities courses; classes in social, behavioral, and political sciences; and professional studies, such as social work and teacher training. Each section includes chapters written by gifted teachers and provides a wealth of theoretical and practical information. While the book examines major canonical works such as Hard Times, Billy Budd, and Invisible Man, it also looks at graphic novels, science fiction, and popular contemporary works such as Finishing School and Jarhead. Chapters reflect the personal successes of their authors and cite works for further reading.
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SECTION ONE TEACHING THE NOVEL IN GENERAL EDUCATION CLASSES
Reading Wollstonecraft's Maria from Cover to Cover and Back Again: The Novel
in the General Education Course Amy C. Branam By choosing to enroll in a ...
I warn the students that this reading will be challenging and explain that my
expectation is not that they understand everything in the chapter but that they do
their best to extrapolate the main criticisms that Wollstonecraft posits against
These presentations serve to place Wollstonecraft and her works within a vibrant,
sociopolitical climate. My goal is to create intrigue regarding her role as a woman
in literature rather than to merely read her works apart from their exigency.
How can we make a meaningful distinction between the type of writing
Wollstonecraft condemns in A Vindication and the type of writing we find in Maria
? This third question is pivotal to tease out ideas regarding women's expectations
Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, introduction by
Elizabeth Robins Pennell (London: W. Scott, 1892) University of Virginia Library
Electronic Text Center http://etext.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/WolVind.html (
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A Handbook for Educators SECTION TWO USING THE NOVEL TO TEACH MULTICULTURALISM
A Handbook for Educators SECTION THREE TEACHING THE NOVEL IN LITERATURE CLASSES
A Handbook for Educators SECTION FOUR TEACHING THE NOVEL IN THE HUMANITIES
A Handbook for Educators SECTION FIVE TEACHING THE NOVEL IN THE SOCIAL BEHAVIORAL AND POLITICAL SCIENCES
A Handbook for Educators SECTION SIX TEACHING THE NOVEL IN PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
A Handbook for Educators Selected Bibliography
A Handbook for Educators About the Editor and Contributors
A Handbook for Educators Index