E 383L • Teaching Masterworks of American Literature
Richard Lanham claims that "[u]nless literature and composition are reconciled, not only will the study of literature perish, but our nation will descend into illiteracy and political conflicts among our disparate languages and cultures. Humanities teachers must abandon the notion that language is a neutral medium for exchanging information or expressing oneself." This course aims to draw the two fields together by extending our understanding of textuality without necessarily ignoring the differences between the two practices. In it, we will explore the relationships between literary study and rhetoric within the context of a study of the Masterworks of American Literature. This course accompanies the teaching of my 316K course and is required for, but is by no means limited to, TAs within that course.
Christenson, C. Roland, et. al. Eds. Education for Judgement: The Artistry of Discussion Leadership. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1991. (0-87584-365-4)
Richter, David H. Falling Into Theory: Conflicting Views On Reading Literature. Boston: Bedford Books, 1994. (0-312-08122-7)
Scholes, Robert. Textual Power: Literary Theory and the Teaching of English. New Haven: Yale UP, 1985. (0-300-03726-0)