1st Edition

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Edwidge Danticat

ISBN 9780367263744
Published September 25, 2019 by Routledge
380 Pages

USD $160.00

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Book Description

Providing an intellectual interpretation to the work of Edwidge Danticat, this new edited collection provides a pedagogical approach to teach and interpret her body of work in undergraduate and graduate classrooms. Approaches to Teaching the Works of Edwidge Danticat starts out by exploring diasporic categories and postcolonial themes such as gender constructs, cultural nationalism, cultural and communal identity, and moves to investigate Danticat’s human rights activism, the immigrant experience, the relationship between the particular and the universal, and the violence of hegemony and imperialism in relationship with society, family, and community. The Editors of the collection have carefully compiled works that show how Danticat’s writings may help in building more compassionate and relational human communities that are grounded on the imperative of human dignity, respect, inclusion, and peace.

Table of Contents



Introduction: Edwidge Danticat in a Global Classroom and Transnational Context: Rethinking Pedagogy, Transcultural Community, and Engaged Learning

Celucien L. Joseph, Suschismita Banerjee, Marvin Hobson, Danny Hoey

Part I. Critical Literary, Historical Narrative, and Transformative Pedagogy

1. From Duvalierism to Dechoukal in The Dew Breaker: The Frame of Evil

John Glover

2. "We are the Haitian Think Tank": Cultivating Perspectives in Haitian Youth: Using Danticat’s Krick? Krak!

Wideline Seraphin, Charlene Desir, Pamela D. Hall

3. Teaching Genre as Method in The Dew Breaker

Nathan A. Jung

4. StoryCorps: Incorporating Local Oral History Collections in the Classroom

Kendra Auberry and Angie Neely-Sardon

Part II. Gender Alliance, Pedagogy, and Engaged Learning

5. (Re) Writing the Black Female Body or Cleansing Her Soul: Narratives of Generational Traumas and Healing in Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory

Tammie Jenkins

6. Female Mentorship in Krik? Krak? Recovering History through the Silent Canvas

Lisa Muir

Part III. The Global Classroom, Transnational Community, and Cross-Cultural


7. Out of the Classroom and Into the Community

Deborah Van Duinen and Rob Kenagy

8. Teaching Edwidge Danticat’s Brother, I’m Dying and The Farming of Bones: Experiences from a Class in Ghana

Moussa Traore

9. Teaching Edwidge Danticat’s Krik? Krak! Through Global Learning Classrooms

Anita Baksh and Schuyler Esprit

10. A Comprehensive Resource Guide to Reading and Teaching Brother, I’m Dying: Background, History, and Context: Part A
Celucien L. Joseph

11. A Comprehensive Resource Guide to Reading and Teaching Brother, I’m Dying: Criticisms, Thematic Analysis, & An Eight-Week Teaching Model: Part B
Celucien L. Joseph

Part IV. Citizen-Artist and Teaching as Activism

12. Edwidge Danticat’s "Citizen-Artist Curriculum with Columbia College Freshmen
Stan West

13. The Exigency of the Floating Homeland and Engaging Postnationalisms in the Classroom: Approaches to Teaching Edwidge Danticat’s Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work
Maia L. Butler

14. Creating Cultural Sensitivity in the Writing Classroom with Edwidge Danticat’s Create Dangerously
Camila Alvarez

15. When the Periphery Comes to the Center: From Writing Across the Curriculum to Public Sphere Pedagogy
Marvin Hobson

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Celucien L. Joseph is an Associate Professor of English at Indian River State College

Suchismita Banerjee is an English professor at Indian River State College

Marvin E. Hobson is an Associate Professor of English at Indian River State College

Danny M. Hoey Jr. is an Associate Professor of English at Indian River State College