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Teachers, Literary Portrayals of

Teachers appear as characters in a wide range of literary writing—including novels such as Jane Eyre (1847), Good-Bye Mr. Chips (1934), and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1962); short stories such as “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (1820), “Wings” (1919), and “The Children's Story” (1963); plays such as Love's Labours Lost (1595), Three Sisters (1901), and A Streetcar Named Desire (1947); memoirs such as The Thread That Runs So True (1949), To Sir, With Love (1962), and The Water Is Wide (1972); and children's books such as the Magic School Bus series (1986–2001), the Miss Malarkey series (1995-present), and the My Weird School series (2004-present). These literary depictions of teachers—whether real or fictional—can provide valuable insights into the ways in which the teacher identity ...

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