ERIC Number: ED025224
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Mar
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A Planned Survey Course in British Commonwealth Literature for American College Students. Final Report.
Robertson, Robert T.
To encourage the teaching of British Commonwealth literature to American university students, a broad ranging survey course was designed in which the material was thematically organized. A great body of literature from the 13 countries was scrutinized in order to select 147 representative poems and short stories for an anthology. An effective method was devised for students to participate in the selection and evaluation of the literature. In addition to the new anthology, a "Handbook" of background materials on the authors and countries was compiled and both works will be largely incorporated into a new published college text on World Literature in English. The course that emerged from this research concentrated mainly on the literatures of 4 countries--Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa--and tended to become not a survey course in British literature but a course in the comparative study of those literatures. Although the project could have been more complete, much was learned about this large but neglected body of writing in English and an effective student-tested teaching tool--the thematic anthology--was developed and used. The appendices include a preliminary anthology selection, proposed thematic organization, course book lists and outlines, and class themes, tests and exams. (JS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Inst., Blacksburg.