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Title Page

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Introduction

Kostas Myrsiades and Linda S. Myrsiades

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pp. vii-xii

...practices but to suggest fresh approaches to the expanding canon. Contributors present the points of view of teachers from small colleges as well as larger universities, from Ithaca College and Franklin and Marshall to Pennsylvania State, Oklahoma, Carnegie Mellon, Syracuse...

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1 Rethinking the Boundaries of Educational Discourse: Modernism, Postmodernism, and Feminism

Henry A. Giroux

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pp. 1-51

...it is an age in which the notions of science, technology, and reason are associated not only with social progress but also with the organization of Auschwitz and the scientific creativity that made Hiroshima possible (Poster 12-33). It is a time in which the humanist subject seems no longer...

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2 Chances of Being Kind: Rorty, Irony, and Teaching Modern Literature

Paul F. Griffin

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pp. 52-63

...of Freud, and the horrors of World War I, to name only a few relevant developments of the period, led people to view religion, morality, and Enlightenment rationalism as relative and historically contingent values rather than unchanging absolutes. Second, and in response to this shift, many creative...

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3 The Political Responsibility of the Teaching of Literatures

Paul Smith

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pp. 64-73

...it has been for some while. That anxiety is, by and large, a self-lacerating one: an endless registration of the guilt of bourgeois intellectuals and teachers who fear that our political will and even our liberal goodwill might not be directly exercisable within the confines of the academy; who suspect our distance...

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4 Literacy and Literature: Making or Consuming Culture?

Linda Shaw Finlav and Nathaniel Smith

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pp. 74-88

...Freire came to the attention of North American scholars in the late 1960s as the designer and teacher of courses in which illiterate adults in the Third World learn to read and write amazingly quickly (see Brown). Becoming literate, for Freire, is inseparable from locating personal and communal histories...

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5 (Post)modern Critical Theory and the Articulations of Critical Pedagogies

Msa'ud Zavarzadeh and Donald Morton

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pp. 89-101

...discussions have been prompted by the impact of the works of those European philosophers, intellectual historians, anthropologists, and literary critics collectively known as structuralists and (post)structuralists. Initially there appeared a strong resistance in the United States to these thinkers, not only...

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6 The Politics of Teaching Literature: The "Paedagogical Effect"

Robert Miklitsch

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pp. 102-120

...Assuming there is a difference (a genuine question, for some), does it reduce to the difference between teaching and politics? In other words, is teaching irreducible to politics (and vice versa), or is teaching always already, as some argue, an instance of politics...

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7 Discipline and Resistance: The Subjects of Writing and the Discourses of Instruction

Suzanne Clark

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pp. 121-136

...ambitions of a poststructuralist pedagogy may shatter—or rigidity—in the resultant hall of mirrors. Authority and resistance double one another—and student resistance may appear not as a critical practice, but as a lack or even a refusal of theory's progressive authority. American students, like the...

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8 Subversion and Oppositionality in the Academy

Barbara Foley

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pp. 137-152

...some questions about the implications this rhetoric carries for a politically oppositional practice in the academy. I shall address some important features of poststructuralism and deconstruction, as well as certain components of feminist theory, but I shall try to minimize my focus on theory...

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9 Entitlement and Empowerment: Claims on Canonicity

Jerry McGuire

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pp. 153-171

...rhetorical structuration. In the early 1980s, work shifted toward larger, more abstract questions of generic and historical definition; the central question—how to define the characteristic poetic gesture of modernity—remained within the general arena of poetics. But the most interesting academic work on poetry these days is not in poetics— the study of the structure and...

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10 Canon: New Testament to Derrida

Michael Payne

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pp. 172-187

...Estelle, who sets Sam off on this case and who later turns out to be Thomas Pynchon in drag, is a bit ambivalent concerning the canon: "I got no beef with the canon as such. It serves a legit purpose. What I'm telling you is, it's fixed. It's not on the level...

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11 Freud, Lacan, and the Subject of Cultural Studies

Robert Con Davis

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pp. 188-202

...argues against what he takes to be overblown claims about the new cultural studies, especially its idea of engendering in education a new "liberation, freedom, [and] openness" (21). He is not against the enthusiasm generated by this new movement, but he nonetheless challenges the viability of cultural studies because the "impossibility of authentic critique...

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Contributors

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pp. 203-204

...chair of the department of philosophy at Ithaca College, is interested in epistemology and the philosophy and politics of education. Her publications include an essay on Paulo Freire...

Index

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pp. 205-213