In The Teaching Archive: A New History for Literary Study Dr. Rachel Sagner Buurma and Dr. Laura Heffernan turn to archives from the actual classrooms of major literary critics of the past century to see what the available course documents tell about the history of the teaching of literature. This approach contrasts with existing histories, such as Gerald Graff’s Professing Literature, which are based on archives of published works about teaching rather than archives of teaching itself. While this book will naturally interest literature teachers most, I think that Buurma and Heffernan’s methods and findings have wider implications across academia. Every discipline has a pedagogical past to learn from and a future to archive for.
I sat down with Dr. Erec Smith, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at York College, to discuss his book A Critique of Anti-Racism in Rhetoric and Composition: The Semblance […]
I so enjoyed talking with Dr. Sherry Lee Linkon, Professor of English and Director of the Writing Program at Georgetown University, about her book, Literary Learning: Teaching the English Major […]
“You are the problem . . . Your body perpetuates racism,” Dr. Asao Inoue told a group of his white colleagues earlier this year in his chair’s address at the […]
In our conversation below, Sheridan Blau and I discuss how education changes not just what a person knows and can do but who a person is. Learning carpentry makes someone […]
A sense of failure when he first started teaching, Gerald Graff told me in a phone conversation you can listen to below, a sense that he wasn’t reaching a majority […]