Why Are We Reading Ovid's Handbook on Rape? raises feminist issues in a way that reminds people why they matter. We eavesdrop on the vivid student characters in their hilarious, frustrating, and thought-provoking efforts to create strong and flexible selves against the background of representations of women in contemporary and classical Western literature. Young women working together in a group make surprising choices about what to learn, and how to go about learning it. Along the way they pose some provocative questions about how well traditional education serves women. Equally engaging is Kahn's own journey as she confronts questions that are fundamental to women, to teachers, to students and to parents: Why do we read? What can we teach? and What does gender have to do with it?
A surprising, shocking, sometimes scandalous, often disruptive, and finally a profoundly transformative book about teaching.
--William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education, University of Illinois, Chicago
Shows how good teaching can foster genuinely collaborative thinking. Particularly interesting for feminist readers and readers concerned with women students.
--Nancy Glazener, University of Pittsburgh
Introduction 1. "You want me to do WHAT?" Intimacy and Pedagogy at a Women's College 2. "Why are we reading a handbook on rape?" Ovid's Metamorphoses 3. "The female audience just isn't that big a deal." A narrative of the Life of Mrs. Charlotte Charke 4. "That wall isn't real unless I say so.: Charlotte Lennox's The Female Quixote 5. "No one told me you had to be a lesbian to take this class." Linda Lovelace's Ordeal