The Teaching of Literature
Bergstrom , Robert F., "Discovery of Meaning: Development of Formal
Thought in the Teaching of Literature," College English 45 (1983),745-755.
Christenbury, Leila. Making the Journey: Being and Becoming a Teacher
of English Language Arts. Portsmouth, N.H.: Boynton/Cook, 1994.
(R, N7 now in 2nd edition)
[On Shakespeare;] "... close work with a small number of quotations
can encourage students to familiarize themselves with if not actually memorize
the language -- students can thus 'own' the words of Shakespeare, and the
effect can be long range and electrifying." (128) [I'll
"Of course, one of the great bullying devices
of those who laud the exclusive superiority of the canon of classics was,
at one point in history, the apparent dearth of literature written by women,
by people of color, and by those outside the Western European tradition."
[I hope that she has changed this in the new
edition. First, it is a straw man fallacy -- I have never seen in print
the claim that students should ONLY read works that are in the canon of
classics. Second, Bloom's canon goes
far beyond male writers in the Western European tradition.]