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Teaching Tainted Lit

Popular American Fiction in Today’s Classroom

Janet G. Casey (author) Alissa Burger (Contributions by)
Michael Devine (Contributions by)
Melissa Gniadek (Contributions by)
Jolene Hubbs (Contributions by)
Lisa Long (Contributions by)
Antonia Losano (Contributions by)
Derek McGrath

ISBN: 9781609383732

Publication Date: Nov 2015

Format: Paperback

Popular American fiction has now secured a routine position in the higher education classroom despite its historic status as culturally suspect. This newfound respect and inclusion have almost certainly changed the pedagogical landscape, and Teaching Tainted Lit explores that altered terrain.
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Popular American fiction has now secured a routine position in the higher education classroom despite its historic status as culturally suspect. This newfound respect and inclusion have almost certainly changed the pedagogical landscape, and Teaching Tainted Lit explores that altered terrain. If the academy has historically ignored, or even sneered at, the popular, then its new accommodation within the framework of college English is noteworthy: surely the popular introduces both pleasures and problems that did not exist when faculty exclusively taught literature from anestablished “high” canon. How, then, does the assumption that the popular matters affect teaching strategies, classroom climates, and both personal and institutional notions about what it means to study literature?

The essays in this collection presume that the popular is here to stay and that its instructive implications are not merely noteworthy,but richly nuanced and deeply compelling. They address a broad variety of issues concerning canonicity, literature, genre, and theclassroom, as its contributors teach everything from Stephen King and Lady Gaga to nineteenthcentury dime novels and the 1852bestseller Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

It is no secret that teaching popular texts fuels controversies about the value of cultural studies, the alleged relaxation of aestheticstandards, and the possible “dumbing down” of Americans. By implicitly and explicitly addressing such contentious issues, these essays invite a broader conversation about the place of thepopular not only in higher education but in the reading lives of all Americans.
Illustrations 3 black & white photographs
Pages 242
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Nov 2015
Publisher University of Iowa Press
Subject/s Language teaching & learning (other than ELT)   Anthologies (non-poetry)   Fiction  
Janet G. Casey is a professor of English and director of the First Year Experience at Skidmore College, where she also teaches courses in American Studies. She is the author of Dos Passos and the Ideology of the Feminine and A New Heartland: Women, Modernity and the Agrarian Ideal in America. She is also the editor of The Novel and the American Left: Critical Essays on DepressionEra Fiction and hascocurated a museum exhibition, Classless Society, residing in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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