Teaching and Learning English Literature presents a comprehensive overview of teaching English Literature from setting teaching goals and syllabus planning, through to a range of student assessment strategies and methods of course evaluation and improvement. A range of teaching methods are explored, from the traditional classroom, to newer collaborative work and uses of electronic technologies.

Teaching Literary Theory and Teaching Writing

Teaching literary theory and teaching writing

‘Positioning’ Literary Theory

As the value of theory stock began to rise dramatically about thirty years ago – in a bull market that still persists – many teachers of literature back then (and some still today) were highly suspicious of it in the classroom. Occasionally, the more excitable among them were given to pounding the table like Dickensian characters, asserting loudly (thump thump) that they weren't going to stand for any of this blasted ‘theory nonsense’ in their literature classes, where they performed the time-honoured, probably divinely appointed job of teaching students ‘just to read the words on the page’. We've come a long way since then. No one believes in ‘innocent’ readings any more, ...

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