Moskal, Jeanne / Wooden, Shannon R. (eds.)
Teaching British Women Writers 1750-1900
Year of Publication: 2005
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2005. XI, 235 pp., num. tables
ISBN 978-0-8204-6927-0 pb. (Softcover)
Weight: 0.350 kg, 0.772 lbs
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The exuberant recovery from obscurity of scores of British women writers has prompted professors and publishers to revisit publication of women's writings. New curricular inclusion of these sometimes quirky, often passionate writers profoundly disrupts traditional pedagogical assumptions about what constitutes «literature». This book addresses this radically changed educational landscape, offering practical, proven teaching strategies for newly «recovered» writers, both in special-topics courses and in traditional teaching environments. Moreover, it addresses the institutional issues confronting feminist scholars who teach women writers in a variety of settings and the kinds of career-altering effects the decision to teach this material can have on junior and senior scholars alike. Collectively, these essays argue that teaching noncanonical women writers invigorates the curriculum as a whole, not only by introducing the voices of women writers, but by incorporating new genres, by asking new questions about readers' assumptions and aesthetic values, and by altering the power relations between teacher and student for the better.
Contents: Jeanne Moskal: Introduction: Teaching British Women Writers, 1750-1900 - Shannon R. Wooden: We Can Do It! Putting Women's Texts to Work - Kristine Swenson: Teaching a «Highly Exceptional» Text: Krupabai Satthianadhan's Saguna and Narratives of Empire - Rebecca Shapiro: Teaching English Women's Conversionist Rhetoric - Kathryn T. Flannery: Eliza Haywood: Mainstreaming Women Writers in the Undergraduate Survey - Rick Incorvati: The Poetry of Friendship: Connecting the Histories of Women and Lesbian Sexuality in the Undergraduate Classroom - Elizabeth A. Dolan: A Subversive Urn and a Suicidal Bride: Strategies for Reading Across Aesthetic Difference - James R. Simmons Jr.: Pedagogy and Oppositions: Teaching Non-Canonical British Women Writers at the Technical University - Elisabeth Rose Gruner: Short Fiction by Women in the Victorian Literature Survey - Lawrence Zygmunt: «This Particular Web»: George Eliot, Emily Eden, and Locale in Multiplot Fiction - Jeanne Moskal: Making the Student a Scholar - Patricia L. Hamilton: Beyond «Great Crowds» and «Minor Triumphs»: Teaching Students to Evaluate Critical Pronouncements - Catherine B. Burroughs: Teaching Women Playwrights from the British Romantic Period (1790-1840) - Diane Chambers: Working within a Community of Learners: Teaching Christina Rossetti at a Christian College - E. J. Clery: Canon-Busting: Undergraduate Research into Romantic-Era Women's Writing in the Corvey Collection - Peaches Henry: Teaching «Recovered» Victorian Female Intellectuals - Nicole Meller Beck/Beth Sutton-Ramspeck: Everybody Learns and Everybody Teaches: Feminist Pedagogy and Co-editing Mary Ward's Marcella - Gina Luria Walker: «Can Man Be Free/And Woman Be a Slave?» Teaching Eighteenth-and Nineteenth-Century Women Writers in Intersecting Communities - David E. Latané Jr.: Who Counts? Popularity, Modern Recovery, and the Early Nineteenth-Century Woman Poet - William B. Thesing: Changing Course(s) At Mid- and Late Career: Teaching the Lives/Teaching the Works/Teaching the Teacher.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Editors: Jeanne Moskal is Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the author of Blake, Ethics, and Forgiveness (1994), and the editor of Travel Writing, vol. 8 in The Novels and Selected Works of Mary Shelley (1996). She serves as the President of the International Society of Travel Writing.
Shannon R. Wooden received her Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001, specializing in Victorian literature. She is currently Assistant Professor of English at the University of Southern Indiana. Her research interests include nineteenth-century science, medicine, and definitions of race.
Eighteenth-Century British Literature') «An important, timely collection of essays that 'seizes this moment' to assess and point out new directions for the ongoing project of recovering and teaching British women writers. Of particular value is the volume's sustained focus on 'teachable moments' experienced through the student/teacher conversation in different institutional settings.» (Greg Kucich, Professor of English, University of Notre Dame, and Coeditor of 'Nineteenth-Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal')
«This volume's emphasis on the dialectic between students and scholars makes for fresh and thoughtful approaches to pedagogy. Covering a wide range of material - from canonical to noncanonical texts and from single-author courses to surveys - the essays provide informative and useful models for scholars and teachers of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature. Overall, 'Teaching British Women Writers 1750-1900' is a valuable contribution to the fields of both literary and women's studies.» (Sharon Harrow, Assistant Professor of English, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and Author of 'Adventures in Domesticity: Gender and Colonial Adulteration in Eighteenth-Century British Literature')