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Critical Approaches to Teaching the High School Novel

Reinterpreting Canonical Literature, 1st Edition

Edited by Crag Hill, Victor Malo-Juvera


230 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2018-10-17
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This edited collection will turn a critical spotlight on the set of texts that has constituted the high school canon of literature for decades. By employing a set of fresh, vibrant critical lenses—such as youth studies and disabilities studies— that are often unfamiliar to advanced students and scholars of secondary English, this book provides divergent approaches to traditional readings and pedagogical practices surrounding these familiar works. By introducing and applying these interpretive frames to the field of secondary English education, this book demonstrates that there is more to say about these texts, ways to productively problematize them, and to reconfigure how they may be read and used in the classroom.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Center of the Canon: The High School Classroom

Crag Hill and Victor Malo-Juvera

2. Why Did the "Star-Crossed Lovers" Never Have a Chance? (Mis)Guided Adult Interference in Romeo and Juliet

Mark A. Lewis

3. Dances, Dresses, and Speaking Her Mind: The Cultural Work of Pride and Prejudice

Katharine Montwieler, University of North Carolina Wilmington

4. Teaching Huckleberry Finn in an Era of Tenuous Race Relations

Judith A. Hayn and Autumn M. Dodge

5. It’s Really All About Tom: Performances of the Masculine Self in The Great Gatsby

Michael Macaluso and Kati Macaluso

6. Readers’ Hearts Seek Connection: Transactional Theory Applied to The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Sharon Kane

7. Disturbing the Universe: Reading The Stranger Through a Lens of Philosophical Criticism

Sean P. Connors

8. What Does The Glass Menagerie and Its Discussion Questions Teach about Disability?

And How to Undo It

Patricia A. Dunn and Angela Broderick

9. Reinterpreting Revolutions: An "Encoding/Decoding" Analysis of Animal Farm

Lara Searcy, Jonathan B. Allred, Seth D. French, and Christian Z. Goering

10. When New Criticism and Reader Response Aren’t Enough: Reading "Against" To Kill a Mockingbird Through a Critical Whiteness Lens

Susan L. Groenke

11. Literary Authorship and Community Seers in Bless Me, Última and The House on Mango Street: ‘Let me begin at the beginning’

R. Joseph Rodríguez

12. "We got to be smart to git away": Revisiting African American Language and Emancipatory Literacy in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and Sapphire’s PUSH

Raquel Kennon

About the Editors


Crag A Hill

Norman, Oklahoma, United States

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Crag Hill is an associate professor of English Education at the University of Oklahoma, USA.

Victor Malo-Juvera is an associate professor of English Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Language Experience Approach
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Language Arts