Teaching the Novel across the Curriculum: A Handbook for Educators, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0313348979
  • ISBN-13: 9780313348976
  • DDC: 808.3
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 344 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released September 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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Instructors at all levels are being encouraged to teach writing in their courses, even in subjects other than English. Because the novel reflects a broad set of human experiences and history, it is the ideal vehicle for learning about a wide range of issues. This book helps educators learn how to incorporate novels in courses in English, the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and professional studies. The chapters focus on using the novel to explore ethical concerns, multiculturalism, history, social theory, psychology, social work, and education. The book looks at major canonical works as well as graphic novels and popular literature.

Language arts are at the forefront of education these days. Instructors at all levels are being encouraged to teach writing in their courses, even if those courses cover subjects other than English. Literature instructors have long used fiction to teach composition. But because the novel reflects a broad range of human experiences and historical events, it is the ideal medium for learning about contemporary social issues. This book helps educators learn how to use the novel in courses in English, the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and professional studies.

The book is divided into broad sections on general education classes; multiculturalism; literature classes; humanities courses; classes in social, behavioral, and political sciences; and professional studies, such as social work and teacher training. Each section includes chapters written by gifted teachers and provides a wealth of theoretical and practical information. While the book examines major canonical works such as Hard Times, Billy Budd, and Invisible Man, it also looks at graphic novels, science fiction, and popular contemporary works such as Finishing School and Jarhead. Chapters reflect the personal successes of their authors and cite works for further reading.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Teaching the Novel in General Education Classes.
2: Reading Wollstonecraft's Maria from Cover to Cover and Back Again: The Novel in the General Education Course.
3: A Nabokovian Treasure Hunt: Pale Fire for Beginners.
4: Teaching the Dog's Tale: Vere's “moral dilemma involving aught of the tragic” in Billy Budd.
5: Using the Novel to Teach Multiculturalism.
6: Using the Novel to Teach Multiculturalism.
7: Teaching Chinua Achebe's Novel Things Fall Apart in Survey of English Literature II.
8: Implicating Knowledge with Practice, Intercultural Communication Education with the Novel.
9: Teaching Nora Okja Keller's Comfort Woman in a Comparative Literature Classroom.
10: “Who knows but that, on the lower frequencies, I speak for you?” The Polyphony of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man.
11: Teaching the Novel in Literature Classes.
12: Written Images: Using Visual Literacy to Unravel the Novel.
13: Reading Right to Left: How Defamiliarization Helps Students Read a Familiar Genre.
14: Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier, Creative Writing, and Teaching the Modernist Novel in the Introductory-Level Literature Classroom.
15: A. S. Byatt's Finishing School: Literary Criticism as Simulation.
16: Teaching the Novel in the Humanities.
17: Teach the Conflict: Using Critical Thinking to Evaluate Anthony Swofford's Jarhead.
18: Novel Truths: The Things They Carried and Student Narratives about History.
19: Questioning Ethics: Incorporating the Novel into Ethics Courses.
20: Teaching Dickens's Hard Times in a General Education Humanities Course.
21: Novels in History Classes: Teaching the Historical Context.
22: Teaching the Novel in the Social, Behavioral, and Political Sciences.
23: Reading Our Social Worlds: Utilizing Novels in Introduction to Sociology Courses.
24: Science Fiction as Social Fact: Review and Evaluation of the Use of Fiction in an Introductory Sociology Class.
25: Insights from the Novel: Good Citizens in Social Contexts.
26: Using The Autobiography of Malcolm X to Teach Introductory Sociology.
27: Stories in Psychology: Sensation and Perception.
28: Usefulness of Lord of the Flies in the Social Psychology Classroom.
29: Demystifying Social Capital through Zola's Germinal.
30: Teaching the Novel in Professional Studies.
31: The Use of Contemporary Novels as a Method of Teaching Social Work Micropractice.
32: Multicultural Novels in Education.
33: Theories and (Legal) Practice for Teachers-in-Training.
Selected Bibliography.
About the Editor and Contributors.