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Teaching the Literature Survey Course: New Strategies for College Faculty
edited by James M. Lang, Gwynn Dujardin and John A. Staunton
West Virginia University Press, 2018
eISBN: 978-1-946684-11-0 | Paper: 978-1-946684-09-7 | Cloth: 978-1-946684-08-0
Library of Congress Classification PN59.T45 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 809.0071

Teaching the Literature Survey Course makes the case for maintaining—even while re-imagining and re-inventing—the place of the survey as a transformative experience for literature students. Through essays both practical and theoretical, the collection presents survey teachers with an exciting range of new strategies for energizing their teaching and engaging their students in this vital encounter with our evolving literary traditions.

​From mapping early English literature to a team-based approach to the American survey, and from multimedia galleries to a “blank syllabus,” contributors propose alternatives to the traditional emphasis on lectures and breadth of coverage. The volume is at once a set of practical suggestions for working teachers (including sample documents like worksheets and syllabi) and a provocative engagement with the question of what introductory courses can and should be.

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