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
- Entering the University
- Teaching Writing
- Vernacular Voices and the Preservation of the Spirit
- Three African American Scholars and Two African American Stories Told in the Vernacular
- Double Messages: The Complications of Academic Discourse, Imitation and Plagiarism
- Embracing the Contemplative Life in the Classroom, I
- Embracing the Contemplative Life, II
- Danger Time and Deep Ecology
Appendix: Guided Meditations
Geraldine DeLuca is Professor Emerita of English at Brooklyn College, CUNY, USA.