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Dr. Ed Vavra
Assoc. Prof. of Rhetoric

Bibliographies Section

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. [R, Good ideas!]
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 try it.]

"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.]

Thomas Hart Benton's
(American, 1889-1975)
Suzannah and the Elders
1938, Oil and tempera on canvas mounted on panel
California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA
 Jim's Fine Art Collection

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