ERIC Number: ED193683
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Writing/Teaching Literature.
Believing that a course in the novel ought to include the making of prose as well as its analysis, a college English instructor altered his teaching strategy by treating both the novel author and his students as writers. Prior to studying a particular novel, the instructor gave students an assignment that would involve a particular literary technique used by the author of the novel. By allowing the students to do what the author had done, the instructor enabled the students to understand the author's writing processes and thereby to better appreciate the author's style and his or her particular novel. In addition to enhancing their appreciation of literature, the exercise improved the students' creative and expository writing by (1) providing contexts and audiences other than classroom and instructor, (2) assisting the students' imaginative identification with the author, and (3) freeing the students of many of the harmful restraints they may have been taught in earlier writing contexts by creating in them a sense of themselves as writers. Based on this experience, the instructor proposes a recombination of the presently specialized areas of literature and writing instruction. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeast Regional Conference on English in the Two-Year College (15th, New York, NY, October 16-18, 1980).