I am officially beginning to write a book on teaching literature—a book simmering inside me for many years now. My working title is The Tree of Reading: How and Why to Teach Literature. I want to help teachers help students develop powerful reading skills, deepen their lives, and bless the world. Building on current scholarship on teaching and learning and on a decade of my own experiments in teaching literature and reading, the book will marry a grand, idealistic vision with concrete, grounded teaching practices. (See the working outline below.) The writing is being supported by a partial sabbatical at Southeastern University, in my tenth year of teaching here.
I am looking for writing comadres (“co-mothers”), as Gloria Anzaldúa puts it. Please get in touch with me if you want to:
- Encourage me,
- Recommend readings I should cite or think about while writing the book,
- Share how reading or literature has shaped or changed or stuck with you in some way,
- Share a good idea or activity you have for teaching literature,
- Tell me about an outstanding literature teacher you’ve had,
- Tell me about problems or challenges or disillusionments that you’ve run into with reading or teaching literature,
- Read short excerpts of my work and talk through my thinking and writing with me from time to time as I go along in the process, or
- Publish the book or recommend a publisher.
You can email me [p t corrigan at gmail dot com] or find me on FB or use this link to get in touch through a Google Form.
The Tree of Reading:
How and Why to Teach Literature
Chapter 1. Why Read and Teach Literature
Chapter 2. The Threshold Concepts of Literary Studies
Chapter 3. Teaching Active Reading
Chapter 4. Teaching Critical Reading
Chapter 5. Teaching Contemplative Reading
Chapter 6. Teaching Discussion as a Reading Practice
Chapter 7. The Future of Reading
Coda: Reading and Life