1st Edition

Teaching Toward Freedom
Supporting Voices and Silence in the English Classroom

ISBN 9780367607203
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
128 Pages

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Book Description

Teaching Toward Freedom: Supporting Voices and Silence in the English Classroom promotes teaching and learning that celebrate diversity and community through the systematic integration of traditionally "non-academic" voices and mindfulness-based, contemplative practices. By examining current scholarship and discussing novels and memoirs whose power is tied to freedom of expression, this book argues that teachers should allow students to use and explore the various rhetorical registers that they bring to the classroom. Through an innovative combination of narrative, argument, and literary analysis, the book skillfully connects conversations about linguistic diversity and contemplative approaches in order to foster a compassionate space for learning in the college-level English classroom.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Courage Teachers

Part I.

  1. Entering the University

  2. Teaching Writing

  3. Vernacular Voices and the Preservation of the Spirit

  4. Three African American Scholars and Two African American Stories Told in the Vernacular

  5. Part II.

  6. Double Messages: The Complications of Academic Discourse, Imitation and Plagiarism

  7. Part III

  8. Embracing the Contemplative Life in the Classroom, I

  9. Embracing the Contemplative Life, II

  10. Danger Time and Deep Ecology

Appendix: Guided Meditations

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Geraldine DeLuca is Professor Emerita of English at Brooklyn College, CUNY, USA.