Of course it's important to read the great poets and novelists. But not in a university classroom, where literature has been turned into a bland, soulless competition for grades and status. Lee Siegel on putting the joy back in reading.
“It's a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn't want to hear.”Dick Cavett
Are you up to the challenge?
I've scooped two articles that focus upon a subject that I would think very few literature teachers want to hear. But, the challenge is still there for those who actually do want to hear what they don't want to hear.
This and the preceding article (Against High School Literature) reacting to this article throw down a gauntlet that CAN be ignored only by the proverbial ostriches who are okay with burying their heads in the curricular sand.
We who teach literature may not like either argument, but if we are truthful in our desire to teach critical thinking, we may want to consider not only our own criticism of the authors' comments but also their criticism of our practices.
I really try to suppress my own opinions at least in terms of taking the stance that my opinions are better than yours. But, I will make this exception. It is my opinon that any literary reading educator who does not read these two articles is a pedagogical ostrich.
NO! I can't do that. That's too harsh.
Just read them. My guess is you won't like them. But, they certainly will challenge your existing pedagogy and practice.
If we love literary reading, what do we do with this? And, if we do nothing, what have we done?
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