by Clara Claiborne Park foreword by Howard Nemerov
Northwestern University Press, 1991 Cloth: 978-0-8101-0977-3 | Paper: 978-0-8101-0991-9 Library of Congress Classification AC8.P28 1991 Dewey Decimal Classification 081
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Rejoining the Common Reader is suffused with the impulse that motivates Clara Claiborne Park's distinguished writing and teaching: the desire to related literature to the experience of its readers. This humane, balanced, and entertaining book will appeal to anyone who longs to recapture the pleasure of reading for personal enrichment and to teachers of literature who have grown to resent the intrusiveness of theory and theorizing and wish to reexamine what they are doing to, for, and with their students.
CLARA CLAIBORNE PARK (1923–2010) was an American college English teacher and author who was best known for her writings about her experiences raising her autistic daughter, the artist Jessica Park. Her 1967 book, The Siege was credited as one of the first books to allay the blame that parents, especially mothers, were made to feel at having caused their child's autism through their cold detachment.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Rejoicing to Concur with the Common Reader
The Mother of the Muses: In Praise of Memory
At Home in History: Werner Jaeger's Paideia
As We Like It: How a Girl Can Be Smart and Still Popular